Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Creative uses of Billiards Equipment - Don't try at home!

Recently I wrote a post on billiards balls following a news story on an ex-cup who smashed an office window using a billiard ball. Now I read about a gang who attacked another gang using pool cues and socks stuffed with billiards balls. What's wrong with you people!

Not that I support and/or encourage violence of any kind, however, this story inspired me again to write a post on the history of the cue stick.

Billiards games used to be played with a wooden mace, instead of the contemporary cue stick, until the beginning of the 17th century. First, the handle of the mace was used to remove the balls from the edges of the table. Later on, only the handle (queue in French) was used in billiards games.

Only two hundreds years later the leather cue tip was invented. The invention is credited to the French man Captain Mingaud. Thanks to Mingaud's invention, the cue ball control improved significantly.

Did you know?

  • Women were not allowed to use cue sticks on the 17th century. They weren't to be trusted near the billiards table felt...
  • Captain Mingaud had a billiard table in his prison cell.

2 comments:

john said...

Pool cues are tapered sticks usually made of wood. These are essential equipment in pool games. With the right pool cue care, you'll aim better, you'll win games, and your pool cues will be around for a long time.

daniel said...

I like playing billiards very much and i bought two new billiards tables by Online Billiards Table option from the manufacturers website.