27 Bridal Shower Games for Large Groups

If you’re looking to pump the fun into your best friend’s big party with some bridal shower games, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Hosting a bridal shower for a lucky bride-to-be is definitely a tremendous responsibility, but it also a huge honor.

Every bride-to-be dreams of her shower years and years ahead of time. So, no pressure, but you will really want every detail to be as perfect as possible. However, at the same time, you’ve got to ensure that everyone has plenty of fun. The maid of honor is typically responsible for preparing the party and making it memorable for the bride and guests alike. With that being said, other members of the bridal party, plus the bride and groom’s family, will usually step in to assist.

Bridal shower games are always a huge hit because they allow everyone to get involved and have a good laugh. Furthermore, there are a huge number of great bridal shower games for large groups. If this is your first time hosting a bridal shower, you may not know what games to pick. This may be particularly true if you have a large number of guests.

Luckily, the list below will give you plenty of ideas for entertaining bridal shower games for large groups. There are a lot of fun bridal shower games to choose from. There are unique bridal shower games and activities, get-to-know-the-bride games, and games to play during gift wrapping. Lastly, there are some games here that will bring back nostalgia and test everyone’s knowledge of the bride-to-be. All in all, it’s always best to look for bridal shower game ideas ahead of time. This way, you will be properly prepared and therefore have time to gather all of the bride’s answers.

List of Bridal Shower Games for Large Groups

 

1. Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Design

Our first choice for shower games is the perfect blend of goofiness and creative fun. The goal of this game is to divide your party up into groups of between 2 and 4 people. Hand each group a roll of toilet paper and have them designate someone in their group to be a model. Next, the other members of the group will need to construct a wedding dress out of toilet paper that their model can wear. Whichever group has the best dress design wins the game. You can let the whole group vote for their top pick. If that has too much potential for tension, then the maid of honor or bride can be the judge.

Curious how many rolls of toilet paper for bridal shower game are necessary? 4-6 rolls are enough for a 20 minutes session of playing this game. That assumes you’ll have a party of around twenty people.

 

2. How Well Do You Know The Bride?

“How Well Do You Know the Bride?” is a popular bridal shower game that tests the knowledge of the guests about the bride-to-be. The game aims to entertain and engage the attendees while celebrating the bride’s upcoming wedding.

During the game, the host prepares a set of questions about the bride, her personal life, interests, preferences, and her relationship with the groom. The questions can cover a wide range of topics, including childhood memories, hobbies, favorite foods, places she has visited, and romantic moments with her partner.

At the bridal shower, the guests are provided with answer sheets or cards to write down their responses to the questions. The questions are then read aloud by the host, and the attendees attempt to answer them to the best of their knowledge. The bride herself can participate, allowing her to see how well her friends and family know her.

After all the questions have been read, the correct answers are revealed, and the guests tally their scores. The person with the highest score or the most accurate responses is declared the winner and may receive a small prize or recognition. The game often generates laughter, surprises, and memorable moments as the guests learn new facts about the bride and share stories related to her life.

 

3. Love Story Timeline

“Love Story Timeline” is a popular game often played at bridal showers to celebrate the journey of the bride and groom’s relationship. It allows guests to reflect on and showcase their knowledge of the couple’s love story, from their first meeting to their upcoming wedding.

To play the game, the host creates a timeline of significant events in the couple’s relationship, starting from when they first met or began dating. The timeline can include milestones such as their first date, first trip together, engagement, or other memorable moments they’ve shared.

The host displays the timeline visually, either on a large poster board or using digital tools. Each event on the timeline is assigned a number or a name, and the guests are provided with corresponding cards or sheets of paper to write their answers.

The game proceeds as the host reads out each event on the timeline, and the guests have to match the event with the correct date or order. They can write down their answers next to the corresponding numbers or names on their cards.

Once all the events have been read, the host reveals the correct timeline, going event by event. The guests compare their answers and tally their scores to determine who has the most accurate or complete timeline. The person with the highest score may receive a small prize or recognition for their knowledge of the couple’s love story.

 

 

4. Guess How Many

For this game, you will need to take a clear plastic or glass jar and fill it with something of your choice. You can fill it with buttons, candy, and the like. Candy is an excellent choice because it can be given away as a prize to the winner of this game. Have the guests guess how many items they think are in the jar. Whoever guesses the number of items come closest to the number wins the whole jar.

 

5. Bridal Bingo

Bingo is a fun game for everyone in any age group. Bridal shower bingo is a great pick when it comes to bridal shower games for large groups. Rather than handing out cards with numbered squares, place wedding-related words in each box. For example, honeymoon hotspots, bridal gifts, romantic songs, baby necessities, and homeowner vocabulary will all suffice.

 

6. Name the Cake

Hand out a sheet of paper that allows guests to guess a type of cake based on clues given on their piece of paper. For instance, the question may ask what kind of cake a rabbit would eat, in which the corresponding answer would be a carrot cake. Whoever has the most correct answers should certainly win a small token prize. Given the name, a cake prize would, hence, be prime.

 

7. Movie Quotes

Create sheets of paper with memorable movie quotes on one side and the corresponding movie titles on the other, but mix up the order of the movie titles. Ask guests to draw lines so they can match the movie quote to the name of the movie. Lastly, if you’re struggling to find good movie quotes or don’t have the time, Sporcle is a great resource.

Keep the movies romantic and avoid overly raunchy movies or anything that will turn off your crowd. To make things even more interesting, you could choose wedding-related movies, too. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Wedding Planner, and Father of the Bride are all good options.

 

8. Guess Who

This is a fun game in which you first gather information about the engaged couple beforehand. Print the facts out on a sheet of paper and have your guests guess which fact belongs to which partner. If you’re celebrating a heterosexual marriage, for some added fun, place a picture of a wedding dress on one side of the fact. On the other side, put a picture of a tux, each side representing the bride and groom.

Guests can circle the corresponding picture to determine who the fact belongs to. Prizes are key for this game because you want to reward those who know the most information. Finally, be sure to mix up the information so that people from different parts of the bride or groom’s life can feel involved.

 

9. Fairy Tale Matchup

Weddings are often a dream come true, or a fairy tale of sorts, for the intended. To keep the dream alive, a fairy tale matchup game makes perfect sense. This bridal shower game consists of listing the names of Disney princesses or heroines on one side and Disney Princes or heroes on the other in a mixed-up order.

Ask your guests to match the princess to her corresponding prince. For instance, matching Ariel and Prince Eric, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Snow White and The Prince. Lastly, here is the complete list of Disney princes and princesses to save you the time of pulling out the old VHS collection.

 

10. Bridal Shower Scattergories

Create a numbered list of 12 wedding-related items on a sheet of paper. Leave a blank line next to each item so that guests may fill in their answers. You could list out items such as:

  •   A term of endearment
  •   Gift found on a wedding registry
  •   Honeymoon hotspot

Next, draw letters onto small pieces of paper and fold them over. Place the letters in a hat and mix them up. Pull out a letter at random. The letter that you pull is the first letter of the answer your guests have to use. For instance, if you pick the letter S, your guests could put sweetie as a term of endearment.

Additionally, if any guests have the same answer, they do not get any points, so they’ve got to keep it original! If a guest has two words that start with the same letter, they get double the points, and so on. For instance, if the letter you pick is P and a guest says pretty princess as a term of endearment, that would count as two points. This is one of those bridal shower parties that rewards originality and goes well with drinks to spur creative answers.

 

11. Put a Ring It

This game can create tons of laughter among bridal shower guests. Hand each guest a chopstick and ask them to place it between their teeth and lips. Place a bowl of candy fruit rings, such as peach rings, in front of each guest.

Tell the guests that they must pick up as many of the candy rings as possible using the chopstick. Instruct the guests not to use their hands, or they will automatically lose the game. Whoever has the most rings on their chopstick wins the game.

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12. Garter Toss

Purchase cheap garters and bottles of sparkling cider to entertain bridal shower guests with a game of garter toss. The goal is to toss the garter so that it lands on the bottle of sparkling cider. Whoever lands the most points wins the game. You may want to set a certain point limit before the game starts. Swap out the cider for champagne if you really want to class it up. Try sticking with 5-10 points since that seems to be a relatively good range of numbers for a large group of guests.

 

13. Mad Lib Wedding Vows

Have the guests help the bride write up some hilarious wedding vows using a version of the original Mad Lib game. Put plenty of blanks throughout the vows and have guests insert adjectives, verbs, nouns, and emotions. If you have a large group of people, it will be hilarious to see what funny vows people think up. For some added fun and laughter, have each guest read their Mad Lib wedding vows out loud.

 

14. Receiving Line

When it comes to choosing bridal shower games for large groups of people, nothing beats this game. For this game, you will have to divide your guests into teams. On one side of the room, you will need to place bowls filled with rice. On the other side of the room, place some small, empty mason jars. Have each team line up between their bowl and their jar.

The point of the game is for guests to use their hands only. The first member of the team will scoop out a handful of rice from the bowl and place it to the next team member’s hand. Next, team members will continue passing the rice from one hand to the next until they have placed their rice in the jar. Finally, the team with the most rice in their jar at the end wins the game.

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15. Wedding Traditions

Weddings have certainly changed over the centuries, particularly with many brides opting for a modern wedding rather than a traditional one. However, there are certain wedding traditions that find their way into even the most unique wedding situations. For instance, the bride carrying a bouquet of flowers or a flower girl tossing down petals.

On a sheet of paper, list out various wedding traditions throughout the centuries and see if your guests can match the tradition with the reason why the tradition exists. This game makes it fun for guests to learn about the history of different wedding traditions. It’s a particularly good bridal shower game if you have a large and diverse group representing different cultures. You can even expand the game to include other pre-bridal parties from around the world.

 

16. ABC Wedding

Write out the letters A through Z in list style and leave a blank line next to each letter. Have your guests’ name wedding-related items next to each blank. For instance, next to the letter B, a person could list bridal gown. Whoever has the most items written down by the end of the game wins. Lastly, if any guests have matching answers, it will cancel out that response.

 

17. Mint to Be

Fill a bowl with mints and hand each guest a straw. For this game, no hands are allowed. Players will have to place the straw between their teeth and lips and use suction to grab hold of a mint. The player will have to keep the mint on the end of the straw and place it in an empty jar. The person with the most mints in their jar by the time the game is up wins. To make this game a little more fun and challenging, you could probably use a timer.

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18. Pin the Mustache on the Groom

Print out a jumbo-size photo of the groom and hand each guest a mustache containing double-sided tape on one side. After blindfolding the guest, have them place the mustache on the picture. Whoever places the mustache as close to the proper place as possible wins the game.

Another variation of this game is to pin the veil on the bride, in which you print a picture of the bride rather than the room and have guests tape a paper veil to the picture while blindfolded, likewise, whoever places the veil as close to the correct position as possible wins.

 

19. Would They Rather

List things that the engagement would and would not want to do together and ask guests which they believe best suits the couple. For example, you can ask, “Would they rather go cruising or camping?” The person with the most correct guesses wins the game. You should probably consult with the bride before putting this game together to avoid the certainly embarrassing possibility of getting your answer sheet wrong. Likewise, you could also just have the bride give yes or no answers to each of the responses.

 

20. Tie the Knot

Make sure you have plenty of cherry stems available during his game. The way to win the game is to see who can tie the most cherry stem knots using only their teeth, tongue, and lips (no hands) in a minute. Although you can play this game without a timer, the aspect of racing the clock certainly makes this game all the more hilarious.

 

21. The Price is Right Bridal Edition

Purchase a few small items that you know you would like to give to the bride at the end of the game as a gift. Line the gift items up on a table and have your guests play this fun version of The Price is Right. In short, guests will have to guess the correct price for each item.

Whenever one guest guesses the price correctly or as close as possible, hand them the gift item to give to the bride. Not only will your guests have fun playing a fun twist on this classic TV show game, but above all, the bride will also get some very cool and much-needed gifts out of it.

 

22. Guess Who: Bridal Guest Version

Suppose you have ever played the game Guess Who; you certainly know that the point is to determine who your character is based on a set number of clues. For example, clues might be whether your character is male or female, has glasses or no glasses, and has short hair or long hair.

Similarly, you can do this exact same thing with your bridal shower guests. In terms of bridal shower guests for large groups, this one also works best when you have a lot of guests in attendance. Furthermore, the more guests there are, the more challenging it will be to figure out which guest is being described. Whoever guesses the guest correctly wins the game. This can certainly serve as a nice icebreaker game to get things started.

 

23. Wedding Crashers

Hand each player a ping-pong ball and have them see if they can bounce the ball across a table in order to consequently knock down a stack of plastic cups. So, whoever knocks down the most plastic cups wins the game.

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24. Name That Groom

Hold up a picture of a famous celebrity bride, for example, the Duchess of Cambridge, and have the guests guess who her famous celebrity partner is. A celebrity may have been married more than once, so you may have to let guests know which partner you would like them to name. For example, you could say the first or most recent, or the more famous.

 

25. Ball and Chain

Secure one end of a rope around a lightweight plastic ball. Secure the other end of the rope around the guest’s ankle. Line up water balls on the ground and have your guest swing the rope and ball around Skip-It style to see who can knock the most bottles down in a minute. Whoever manages to knock over the most bottles wins the game. For some added fun, spray paint the plastic ball black to make it look more like a ball and chain.

 

26. Kiss the Bride

Pictionary can certainly be a fun and hilarious game, especially when you are trying to think up creative bridal shower games for large groups of people. However, the idea behind kiss the bride puts an entertaining twist on the classic game. Make sure you have a large drawing pad available. Place the drawing pad on an easel and hand the guest that is nominated to draw a tube of lipstick.

Lastly, the guest drawing the picture must do so using the tube of lipstick. However, this is a no hands allowed game, meaning the tube of lipstick must be placed between the teeth and lips.

 

27. What Was She Wearing

The goal of this game is to have the bride-to-be announce that she will be right back as she steps out of the room. However, while the guests all think she will be right back, in reality, you are going to have her wait outside while you ask each guest to remember what she was wearing. Finally, whoever guesses the bride’s outfit the closest (down to the most minute details if possible) wins the game.

Final Thoughts on Best Bridal Shower Games for Large Groups

With the fun and hilarious games listed above, you can make any bridal shower an absolute blast. Furthermore, bridal shower game ideas really are endless. All you need is the creative mind to think up whatever hilarious game concoctions are available. Finally, all this will surely give the couple wonderful memories before their wedding. Also, always bear in mind the types of folks that are going to be at the party. Additionally, tailor your games to match the audience. Lastly, aim to find the right balance of maximum fun and inclusivity.

Regarding more reading on how to prepare a bridal shower, here are some tips on all the other ins and outs of putting the party together. Considering what gift to bring to a bridal shower whose bride doesn’t have a gift registry? Cosmo offers some great ideas on how to select a gift that will be original and appreciated.

Finally, do you have more bridal shower games for large groups that you can share? Any funny, successful, or by contrast, outrageous stories from your’s or friends’ bridal showers? We certainly want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts, experiences, and comments below.

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12 Cheap Outdoor Games But Exciting Ideas For Kids

 

 

Everyone loves a party. Especially an outdoor party. Looking for fun and affordable ways to spend time outdoors with family and friends? You don’t need to break the bank on fancy equipment or activities to have a great time. In fact, some of the most enjoyable and engaging outdoor games require little more than a ball, some space, and a bit of creativity. In this article, we’ll explore 12 cheap outdoor family-friendly games that will provide hours of fun and entertainment. Whether you’re planning a backyard BBQ, a picnic in the park, or just a day outside, these games are easy to set up, require minimal equipment, and offer numerous physical and mental health benefits. So get ready to unleash your competitive side and have some fun in the great outdoors!

Unfortunately, many people think outdoor parties are expensive – and that’s just not true. Here are some ideas for a memorable outdoor party. The ultimate list of cheap outdoor party games for the family to enjoy.

12 Cheap Outdoor Games

Backyard Badminton

Badminton is a simple game that doesn’t need a lot of space. Backyard badminton is a game that requires a net, racquets, and a shuttlecock. The game aims to hit the shuttlecock over the net and onto the opponent’s side of the court without them returning it. The game utilizes two or four players and is enjoyable for people of all skill levels. Backyard badminton is a fun and easy way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

Frisbee Golf

Frisbee golf is a game similar to traditional golf, but instead of using a ball and clubs, players use a frisbee or disc to throw at targets such as baskets or poles. The game aims to complete the course with the fewest throws possible. Players take turns throwing the frisbee from a particular starting point and continue to throw until the disc lands in the target. Frisbee golf is a fun and low-cost activity for people of all ages and skill levels.

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a game where participants are given a list of items to find, often hidden in an area, such as a park, neighborhood, or house. The goal of the game is to find all the items on the list within a specific time frame. Scavenger hunts are for individuals or teams and are custom to suit the age and interests of the participants. The items on the list can range from common objects like leaves or rocks to more specific items like a red feather or a toy car. Scavenger hunts can be a fun way to explore the outdoors, promote teamwork, and develop problem-solving skills.

Horseshoes

Horseshoes is a classic outdoor game that involves throwing horseshoes at stakes set in the ground. The objective of the game is to throw the horseshoe in a way that it lands as close as possible to the stake or even encircle it. Players take turns throwing their horseshoes from a certain distance and score points depending on how close they get to the stake. The game requires one player or teams of two. The winner is the player or team with the most points at the end of the game. Horseshoes is a fun and easy game to play and create an enjoyable environment for people of all ages and skill levels.

Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is a series of challenges or obstacles that participants must navigate through. The obstacles can be anything from hurdles, cones, tunnels, balance beams, ropes, and more. The goal of the obstacle course is to complete it in the shortest amount of time possible. The course can be set up indoors or outdoors and can be entertaining for various ages. Obstacle courses can be individual or team-based. They are a fun and exciting way to improve coordination, balance, and agility and to promote teamwork and friendly competition. Obstacle courses are custom to suit different themes. Such as a ninja warrior course, a military-style boot camp, or a fun and colorful obstacle course for children.

Miniature Golf

You don’t have to spend a fortune on this game. It only requires a cheap set of plastic golf clubs and golf balls. The good thing about miniature golf is that you can make a lot of variations of the game.

Miniature golf is on a small course, usually made up of 9 or 18 holes. Along with obstacles such as windmills, water features, and other challenges that make the game more interesting. The game aims to hit a small ball into a series of holes in as few strokes as possible. Players use a putter to hit the ball, which is usually made of plastic or rubber. The course will be challenging yet fun for all ages and skill levels. Miniature golf can be played individually or in groups and is a popular activity for families, friends, and couples.

Backyard Volleyball

All you need for this fabulous game is a ball and a net. If you don’t have a net, don’t worry, you can improvise by using a piece of rope. You can play singles, doubles, or any number to suit the party. Backyard volleyball is a fun and active game. You can play in any flat, level area with enough space for a regulation-size court. Players go into two teams, and the game begins with a serve over the net.

The teams rally the ball back and forth over the net. Each team has three touches to get the ball over. Points come when the ball lands in the opponent’s court or when the opponent makes an error. The game continues until one team reaches the predetermined number of points or wins the set or match. The game can differ depending on skill levels by adjusting the net’s height or the game’s rules. It is a fun and social way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Remember to have fun and stay safe while playing backyard volleyball.

Balloon Darts

An easy-to-set game but very exciting to play, balloon darts will definitely make your party a blast. Balloon darts involve throwing darts at balloons attached to a board or wall. The game aims to pop as many balloons as possible by throwing darts at them. You can play Balloon darts individually or in teams. The game can be indoors or outdoors and differ to suit different themes, such as a carnival game or a birthday party activity. Balloon darts is a fun and safe game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and is a great way to promote hand-eye coordination and accuracy.

 

Lawn Twister

Lawn Twister is a fun and exciting outdoor game that is a variation of the classic game of Twister. The game is played by laying out a large plastic mat on the lawn with a grid of colored circles. Players take turns spinning a wheel or calling out instructions that specify which body part and color to place on the corresponding circle. The game gets more challenging as players try to balance their weight and avoid falling over while holding their positions. Lawn Twister is a game that all ages can play and is a great way to promote physical activity and social interaction. You can play at family gatherings, picnics, and other outdoor events and customize it to suit different themes and skill levels. Lawn Twister is a fun and entertaining way to get outside and enjoy fresh air and exercise.

Water Balloon Toss

Water balloon toss is a fun and refreshing outdoor game utilizing water-filled balloons. The game requires partners to stand a few feet apart, tossing a water balloon back and forth, and taking a step back after each successful catch. The game continues until one of the balloons breaks, and the team with the last unbroken balloon wins. Water balloon toss is a popular summer activity, especially for kids and families, as it provides a fun and fantastic way to beat the heat. It can be in a backyard, park, or open outdoor space. Water balloon toss can also be adapted to suit different ages and skill levels. Variations such as a water balloon relay or a water balloon fight can be added to make the game more challenging and exciting.

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag involves two teams competing to capture the other team’s flag and return it to their own territory. The game utilizes a large field or open area, and a dividing line or neutral territory usually separates the two teams. Each team has an area where they hide their flag. The game’s objective is to successfully infiltrate the other team’s territory, capture their flag, and return it to their own territory without being caught by the opposing team. Players can get out of the game by being tagged by an opposing team member while they are in enemy territory, and the game ends when one team successfully captures the other team’s flag. Capture the Flag is a great game for promoting teamwork, strategy, and outdoor physical activity, and it can be customized to suit different ages and skill levels.

Cornhole

Cornhole is a popular outdoor game for two or more players. They take turns throwing bean bags onto a raised board with a hole in it. The game utilizes two boards at a set distance apart. The objective of the game is to score points by throwing the bean bags into the hole or landing them on the board. Points are based on where the bean bag lands and the first player or team to reach a certain score wins.

You can play Cornhole in various settings, including backyards, parks, and beaches, and it is enjoyable for people of all ages. The game is easy to learn and is customizable with different rules, board designs, and bean bag colors to add a fun and personal touch. Cornhole is a great game for socializing with family and friends while enjoying the fresh air and outdoor activity.

Cheap Outdoor Games Does Not Mean Boring

There you have it, 12 exciting games you can play at an outdoor party. Just because games are cheap doesn’t mean they will be dull. Cheap outdoor games can be just as fun and engaging as expensive ones. They often require creativity and ingenuity to make them exciting. Playing games outdoors with family and friends is a great way to bond and have fun. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple, inexpensive game – it can be just as entertaining as any other activity. You might even discover some new favorite games along the way!

 

How to Play Ping Pong (Table Tennis)

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to play ping pong (or table tennis as some call it)? Playing ping pong can be extremely enjoyable, but it’s unfortunate that it’s not a popular sport among many people. While many individuals may have tried playing the game on a table, few actually play it according to its official rules. Despite this, ping pong is a simple and fun sport to play, and all you need to do is follow these basic tips to start playing.

Learn the Importance of

Proper Grip

When people inquire about learning ping pong rules, they often want to play the game.

However, before you should play, there are some basic things you need. One of the important things is the grip. Without the right grip, your game is going to be flawed.

While there are all kinds of grips that you can practice the easiest to master is the pen hold grip.

You hold your bat between the thumb and the index finger, similar to the way you probably hold a pencil. While this grip might feel a little funny at first, it’s an excellent way to master the art of spin.

This grip is an option that will help build hand strength and gain better control over the ball for beginners.

Practice with Someone Who Knows Ping Pong Rules

Once you learn basic skills like how to grip the paddle, a lot of practice is necessary to truly get good at table tennis.

One of the best ways to practice is with someone who really knows the sport. Have this person “feed” you the ball in the right way so that you’ll get familiar with hitting it. Also, learn different positions and controlling the ball.

The more you do this and the more angles your helper as you try, the better you’ll get. Aim to practice thirty minutes or more each day if you are dedicated to mastering the game.

Understand How Scoring of the Game Works

In addition to getting the basics down and practicing regularly, you also have to really understand how scoring works.

Scoring

 A player scores a point when their opponent fails to hit the ball over the net and onto their side of the table. The first player to reach 11 points and be at least 2 points ahead of their opponent wins the game. If both players have 10 points each, the first to gain a 2-point lead wins. A match consists of the best of 5 games.

Scoring a Match 

The score starts at 0-0, with the server serving first. Each player serves for two points, then the other player serves. The server must serve the ball in such a way that it bounces on their side of the table first, then over the net, and finally on the opponent’s side. If the serve hits the net assembly (net, posts, and clamps), but still touches both sides of the table, it’s called a “let serve” and must be replayed. The receiver then attempts to return the ball over the net so it bounces on the server’s side.

If the server can’t return it, the receiver wins the point. If the server returns it, the receiver must hit it back so it bounces on the server’s side. Play continues in this way until either player fails to return the ball legally, and the other player wins the point. If a player wins a point, they add 1 to their score. In case of a 10-all score, both players will only serve 1 point each until the game is won. The score is announced with the server’s score first. In the final possible game of a match, the players must change ends when the first player reaches 5 points.

ping pong rules

Serving and Hitting

Serving

The service rules are designed to ensure that the receiver has a fair chance to see the ball and read the spin put on it by the server. The following rules must be followed during the serve:

  • The ball must always be visible to the receiver. 
  • The ball must always be behind the end line of the table and above the playing surface.
  • The ball must be thrown up vertically at least 16cm and hit on the way down.

Obstructing the Ball Obstruction occurs when a player touches the ball (with their bat, body, or clothing) when the ball is above the playing surface and traveling towards it, and has not yet touched their side of the court. It’s not an obstruction if the ball has passed over the end line, sideline, or moving away from the playing surface.

Hitting the Ball 

It’s legal to hit the ball with the fingers of the hand holding the racket or the wrist, but only one contact is allowed. Double hits are not allowed, so a player may not hit the ball with their fingers and then with their racket. A player may switch their racket between hands during the point, but it’s rare. Throwing the racket at the ball is not allowed. If a player drops their racket, they must pick it up to continue playing. The ball must be hit with a racket held in the player’s racket hand.

Once you understand and can follow scoring, you will find it much easier to play the game correctly.

Try Out Different Serves as

You Play

Different kinds of serves can be used in table tennis. No rule says one type of serve is “better” than the other, so keep that in mind as you play.

Also, try your best to vary your serves to throw your opponent off. And keep him guessing as to which move you are going to use next.

Some good serves to try include medium long serves, short serves, and pure spin serves, to name a few. You will find that if you can master and then mix up your serves, your opponent will have to keep guessing. About how best to match your ball, and you’ll probably have a much better chance at winning.

Switch Up Servers According to the Rules

One final thing to keep in mind as you play is when to switch up your servers.

The basic rule to remember is that each player gets to serve two points consecutively before switching. Keep in mind, though, that if the players ever get tied at ten points, the game will switch to each player serving one point. Then turn again.

Also, players should switch table sides after every game except during the final match. When players switch for each turn after one player has five points.

Following these ping pong rules, as well as the other tips presented here, will help keep your game “legal.” And will ensure that everyone gets a fair shot at winning this great game.

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How to Rack a Pool Table Like a Pro

Pool is a game with many different variations, but one thing that stays the same is that a game starts with someone racking the balls. As a result, learning how to rack a pool table is essential for any player. Without racking the balls, you can’t play the game at all.

This is a game that is loved by millions of people around the world. It’s played in bars across the globe. Additionally, although it’s a popular recreational sport, there are lots of professional players that compete to be the best every year.

Although pool is very well known, it’s possible that you don’t know what it is. So before you learn how to rack a pool table, let’s cover that.

What Is Pool?

Before you learn how to rack a pool table, we’d like to make sure you know what the game is, so let’s get into it. Although you may think of it as a specific sport, it isn’t. Instead, pool is a classification of cue sports played on a table with six pockets that you try to knock balls into.

There are several variations of pool, but the most popular game is eight-ball. Eight-ball is the game you likely play at the bar with friends. But people play several other variations every day.

The History of Pool

Before we teach you how to rack a pool table, we’d like to talk about the history of pool a little bit. We think that understanding pool’s history is essential. So, we’ll share a little bit of that information with you before getting into how to rack a pool table.

There are records of some forms of pool dating back to the 15th century in Northern Europe. It originated as a game for royalty. Additionally, it started as an outdoor game that players played alongside croquet.

In the late 1600s, the cue was perfected and was more or less made into what we have today. Before then, you would hit the ball with something that resembled a mace. It was also around this time that chalk started to be used to increase friction between the cue and the ball.

Initially, the pockets were hazards that were supposed to make it more difficult for players to strike another ball. However, they were quickly changed to be the targets to hit the balls into.

Furthermore, although pool is now the name that categorizes many cue sports, it originated as a term that referenced betting. Billiard tables were another thing to bet on at horse racing events.

What Do You Need to Play Pool?

We’re almost ready to teach you how to rack a pool table, but there’s another thing we need to cover. We need to discuss what you need to play.

If you only plan on playing at the local bar, there isn’t anything you need to bring. All the equipment you’ll ever need is at the bar. However, if you want to set up a pool table at your home, there’s some equipment you’ll want to purchase.


Set of Aska L2 Billiard Pool Cue Sticks, 58″ Hard Rock Canadian Maple,…

  • 5 (Five) Pool Cue Sticks Set, One of Each – Black 21-Ounce, Blue 20-Ounce, Brown 19-Ounce, Green 19-Ounce, Red 18-Ounce.
  • Cue Length is 58″ (standard cue length). Canadian Hardrock Maple 29″ Shaft.
  • Stainless Steel 5/16×18 Joint

You will obviously need the pool table, the cue sticks, and the balls, but there are a few other things that you’ll want to purchase.

Firstly, you’ll want to get a cue case. This isn’t essential, but having a little extra protection for your cue could save you money in the long run.

Additionally, getting a cue cleaner might be necessary. Pool cues get dirty quickly, especially when you use chalk on it frequently. As a result, getting a cleaner will keep your cue from getting gross over time.


Iszy Billiards Pool Table Billiard Ball Set, Marble/Swirl Style

  • Grade A deluxe quality – 2 1/4″ regulation size and weight
  • Made of polyester resin – 6 ounce balls Marble / swirl style makes a great addition to a table
  • Price shown is for full set of balls including cue ball

Extra Accesories

You’ll also want hand towels available to you if you’re taking the game seriously. It’s easy for your hands to get sweaty when playing, and this can hurt your game. Having hand towels to wipe off your hands will undoubtedly be useful.

Lastly, if you’re playing in competitions, you’ll need some sort of pocket marker. In eight-ball, you need to call your pocket before you sink the eight ball.

Although in many situations you can get away with calling it verbally, having a pocket marker will settle any disputes you could have before they start. It’s also a rule of the American Pool Association for players to use a pocket marker.

How to Play Pool

As we mentioned earlier, there are several types of pool. As a result, before you can learn how to rack a pool table, you should know how to play the game. Here we’ll discuss five of the most popular types of pool.

American-style eight-ball

In this type of pool, the players use the standard 16 balls used in most games. One player breaks the balls. Once a player gets a ball into a pocket, they are assigned either stripes or solids, depending on which type of ball they got in the pocket.

Once the ball types are assigned, the players alternate shooting until one player gets all their balls into the pockets. If you get a ball in a pocket, you get to take another shot.

The one exception is the eight ball. The eight ball does not count as one of the solid balls. Instead, players pocket it last.

Once a player gets all their balls in, they need to sink the eight ball to win. If a player sinks the eight-ball before this, they lose immediately.

Straight pool

Straight pool is one of the variations of pool that takes the longest. In this game, the players try to get any ball on the table into a pocket. Players need to call the ball and pocket when they take a shot.

Each ball a player sinks is worth one point, and games are played to 100 or 150 points. As a result, the balls need to be re-racked several times in a game. This makes learning how to rack a pool table essential for straight pool.

Carom

Carom is very different from many other types of pool because there are only three balls. There is a white cue ball for each player and one red ball. Additionally, you play Carom on a pocketless table.

The goal of the game is to hit your ball off the red ball and your opponent’s cue ball in one shot. How many points you need varies from game to game, but the most common number of points to win is 50.

Snooker

Snooker has 22 balls in total. There is a cue ball, 15 red balls that are each worth one point, and six differently colored balls with an increasing number of points.

A snooker table is significantly larger than a standard pool table. It measures out to be 12 feet long and 6 feet wide. However, it still has six pockets like a standard table.

A game of snooker starts by the players pocketing any red ball. They then try to pocket the other numbered balls in ascending order. The player with more points at the end of the game wins.

English billiards

The final game we’ll be looking at is English billiards. This is another game where there are only three balls in play. There is a white cue ball, a yellow cue ball, and a red object ball.

When playing English billiards, there are three ways to score. Firstly, you get two points when a cannon happens. A cannon is when your ball hits both other balls.

Hitting your opponent’s ball into the pocket is also worth two points. Finally, hitting the red ball into the pocket is worth three points.

The player with the most points wins the game. The points can be different from game to game, but typically players will play to 300 points.

Learn How to Rack a Pool Table like a Pro

Now that you have a good understanding of pool and many of its variations. It’s time to learn how to rack a pool table. The first thing you do in any game of pool is rack the table, so it’s an essential skill to learn.

Eight-ball game

In an eight-ball game or any game that uses the standard 16 balls, you start the game by racking all the balls except the cue ball. You begin by placing the one-ball at the front of the rack. The front is also called the apex.

Next, you need to ensure that the eight-ball is at the center of the rack. The center is the third row from the top.

Once the eight-ball is in position, you should make sure that the bottom two corners are a stripe and a solid. It doesn’t matter which corner is which, but they need to be different.

Line it Up

Then you can place the rest of the balls in the rack randomly. It’s a common misconception that stripes and solids can’t touch, but this isn’t true. Stripes and solids can touch each other as long as you follow the instructions above.

Once you place all the balls, you should line the apex up with the middle diamond on the side of the pool table. The diamond should be about a quarter of the length of the table away from the edge. Sometimes the table will have a dot instead of a diamond.

Then, before you remove the rack, make sure you’ve packed the balls together tightly. Now you can gently lift the rack off the balls. If you’ve done this successfully, you’ve learned how to rack a pool table correctly.

Nine-ball game

Nine-ball games are rare, but if you ever play one, you’ll need to know how to rack a pool table for this game. Firstly, you’ll need a diamond-shaped rack instead of the usual triangle.

Like in the eight-ball game, you should place the one-ball at the apex of the rack. However, instead of the eight-ball, the nine-ball should be at the center. You can then set the rest of the balls in the rack randomly.

If you’ve followed the instructions above, you’ve successfully learned how to rack a pool table for a nine-ball game.

Straight

A traditional straight pool rack with the 1 and 5 balls at the bottom corners, and all other balls placed randomly

In straight pool’s first frame, the fifteen object balls are racked with the center of the apex ball placed over the foot spot. Traditionally the 1 ball is placed at the rack’s right corner and the 5 ball is placed at the rack’s left corner for visibility, though there is no such rule requirement. Other balls are placed at random and must touch adjacent balls.

The unique feature of straight pool is the racking that is played when one ball remains. These intra-game racks have a specific set of rules; when the rack is supposed to be replaced, if neither the cue ball nor the object ball remain in the rack area, the balls are replaced with no ball at the apex. At this point, the aim is to pot the remaining ball and carom into the pack of balls, allowing a shot on the next ball to continue the run. Additional rules apply when either ball is in the position where the balls would usually be racked.

Other Versions

As we stated above there are lots of different versions of this game. We didn’t cover cairom, snooker, or english billiards. These versions are different than standart 8 or 9 ball or straight, and some have different racking rules. Not all versions require racking, but if you try out a different version that does use a unique racking method, refer back to the above how to videos for help!

Get Started Playing Pool Today

Now that you’ve learned how to rack a pool table, you can get started playing pool today. You won’t need to waste time figuring out how to rack the balls every time you go to the bar. This way, you can spend more time playing and less time trying to figure out the rules. We hope this guide has been heplful to you as you embark on this journey and adopt this classy and refined game for people with taste.

What’s your favorite type of pool to play? Do you understand how to rack a pool table correctly? Let us know in the comments!

3 Best Pool Table Choices in 2023 | Reviews and Recommendations

What is The Best Pool Table for Your Money This Year?

As we all know, a game of pool is a relaxing social activity that people of all ages play and enjoy a lot.  Having a pool table in your own home will provide you, your family, and your friends with countless hours of fun. However, buying one requires some thinking and planning. This is a very significant purchase that you must approach carefully.  Pool tables can be expensive, and it is important to find one that is well-made and reasonably priced. Moreover, you need to consider space, lighting, accessories, etc. Finding the best pool table for the money is not an easy feat and it takes more than a quick Internet button-clicking operation to get it.

To help you find the best pool table for your home, this buyer’s guide will explain the most important considerations when choosing a table.  Then, we will suggest a handful of 8-foot pool tables that are both well-made and come with excellent value for money!

Things to Consider When Buying a Pool Table

Here are a few things to consider before purchasing your pool table for the home.

What is the best size for a pool table?

Pool tables come in a variety of sizes — from massive 10 x 5-foot carom billiards tables to tiny 3-foot pool tables designed for children.  Before choosing the size of your pool table, carefully measure your game room.  Remember that you must leave enough space around the table for people to play their shots.

You might also want to check out our guide on how to match your room size with a pool table. As we said on that occasion, the size of the room, the table, what type of pool you want to play, the size of the cues, the number of people playing at the same time at that table, the furniture you already have in the room, and even the floor type matter. You need to consider all these factors before you decide to go hunting for the best pool table brands available on the market.

Pool Table Sizes Depending On What and How You Play Pool

If you are going to be playing pool competitively, choose either a 9-foot by 4.5-foot or 8-foot by 4-foot table.  These are the officially approved pool table dimensions from the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA).  However, billiards and snooker players often compete on larger tables.  There are certain advantages associated with pool tables of different sizes:

Smaller pool tables (7 feet or shorter):

  • An excellent choice if you have children that you want to teach and play with inside the house or players with mobility problems
  • Easier for beginners to learn on
  • Games can sometimes require more strategy because the balls are sharing a smaller space
  • Ideal for some traditional British pool games like Bank Pool and 1-Pocket.

Larger pool tables (8 feet or longer):

  • Better for common American pool games like Ten-ball
  • More challenging and demanding of players
  • Better for anyone wishing to play competitively

Most home pool players consider 8-foot pool tables to be the “sweet spot” in terms of size.  They are suitable for competitive play but don’t take up a substantial amount of space in your games room.  Children can also play on a table of this size, which is useful for families.

Pool Table Construction

Check the material and construction of the table bed

The pool table bed is the flat playing surface of the table.  Most high-quality pool tables use slate for the bed.  Slate is a type of rock that can be carved in large, flat segments.  It is very durable and remains perfectly flat for many years if the table is treated well.

Some modern tables use slatron — a man-made surface constructed from resin-reinforced fibers. Slatron is 20-times denser than particleboard and lighter than slate.  Cheaper tables may use timber for the beds, which are prone to warping if exposed to moisture.

Consider the pool table legs

The legs of the pool table must be very sturdy and well-built to support the heavy weight.  Well-constructed legs are particularly important for slate tables, because of the substantial weight they carry.

Also consider, some pool tables come on wheels. This is ideal if you have a place to store your pool table when you are not playing. Some might think that wheels are tacky, and not conducive to the elegant appeal of such a sophisticated game like pool. That being said, there is an undeniable convenience in having such a large and heavy piece of furniture on wheels.

Make sure the frame uses strong materials

Having a strong frame is essential for the longevity of your table.  If the table frame begins to fail, your expensive slate top can warp, crack, or become uneven.  A high-quality frame will use wood or metal with cross beams to support the top.  The number of beams used in the table will depend on the size of the table and the number of slate pieces used to form the bed.  You can ask the manufacturer of a table for more information on the frame’s construction.

Durable cushions

The pool table cushions surround the bed.  They are typically made from synthetic materials or natural gum rubber.  The quality of the cushion material will determine how reliably balls bounce off the table cushions.  Ideally, choose a natural material over a synthetic one — natural materials are usually better at retaining their elasticity over time.

Pool Table Extras

Pool table accessories

You should also consider the types of accessories that come with the pool table.  Some tables include pool balls and cues while others are “barebones” tables. Often, pool tables come with cues and balls, but they don’t normally come with a rack to hold those items when they are not in use. Some players like to keep a table cover over their pool table when it is not in use. This could be to keep dust out, for aesthetic purposes, or to use the table for other things when not playing. Either way, this might be an option for you too. Consider these additional costs that come from accessories when purchasing the table. You can check out our guide on the best pool cues to help you play like a pro or ask for recommendations from your seasoned pool-playing friends.

Best Lighting

Now, this is a tricky one, as you do not want to design and build a pool bar, but add a pool table in one of your house rooms. However, the fact that you have some light in the room does not mean you will benefit from all the advantages pool table lights have to offer. If you are serious about creating a pool-friendly space in your home, pool table lighting is crucial. Here are some tips on how to pick the best pool table lights!

  • Your ceiling lamp will not probably do, so consider investing in a pool table light shed set.
  • Call a professional electrician to install the pool table lighting before you bring in the pool table itself to the room. You need to make sure your electrical system supports such lights, the installation is risky if you don’t have the skills, and you do not want to have the table first, only to realize you need to break and fix your ceiling over the new pool table.
  • Make sure you install the pool table lights at the right height. You don’t want to bump into them with your head or hit them with the cue.
  • Remember how a few rows above we said you should first fix the lights and then bring in the table? We will say it again, as you need to make sure the lights are centric to the table and you don’t have to worry about odd shadows or poorly lit areas on or around the table.
  • Now it’s time to also answer the above question regarding what is the best lighting for a pool table. Look for pool table lights able to generate 60 watts. If you feel that such bulbs are too powerful for your eyes, make them 40 watts. The main idea here is to enjoy not-too-bright and not-too-dim light at the same time.

Didn’t we say that creating a pool parlor in your home was not an easy challenge?

Now that you know how to go about these logistical and administrative issues, it is time to see the best pool tables for the money you can enjoy this year!

The Best Pool Table For the Money in 2022

The following pool tables have an excellent build quality and are guaranteed to give you years of great performance.

MD Sports Billiard Table with Included Game AccessoriesMizerak Donovan II 8′ Billiard TablePlaycraft Charles River 8′ Espresso Slate Pool Table w/ Leather Drop Pockets
Style:
Multiple Styles
Style:
Modern cabinet design
Style:
Classic
Table Bed:
Wood
Table Bed:
Slate or Slatron
Table Bed:
Slate
Felt color:
Slate Grey
Felt color:
Red
Felt color:
Black
Manufacturer:
MD Sports
Manufacturer:
Escalade Sports
Manufacturer:
Playcraft

MD Sports Billiard Table with Included Game Accessories – 7.5′

pool table

This pool table has a modern design with sleek metal legs and a timber frame.  This sleek appearance makes this table suitable for any high-end games room.  The silver and black is beautiful together and it has been manufactured with exceptional attention to detail.

Playfield is made of 18 mm thick laminate felt, ensuring strength, durability and a flat roll; the aprons, rails and base are made of sturdy medium-density fibreboard (MDF)

The MD Sports Titan Billiards Table is constructed with K818 specification wood bumper guards for a consistent bounce and standard style drop pockets for an authentic look

The bed consists of three pieces of thick slate covered in 35% wool and 65% polyester felt.  The pockets are traditional parlor style.  The pockets are deep enough to hold 2 balls.

It is a sturdy table that looks beautiful.  The MD Sports Modern Billiard Table comes with all of the accessories you may require including 1 set of official balls, 1 table brush, 1 wooden triangle, 2 wooden pool sticks, and 2 chalk cubes.


Mizerak Donovan II 8′ Billiard Table

pool table

The Mizerak Donovan II has a very sleek and modern design.  It features a polished black cabinet with chrome accents and red felt.  This design would be at home in the most technologically advanced games rooms.

The bed is available as slate or slatron.  The 3-5/8” rails are made from K66 nose rubber, which gives the table a consistent rebound.  This rail material will provide you with many years of regular use.  The pool table legs include legs levelers, which are useful if your home has a slightly uneven floor.

The Mizerak Donovan II comes with a range of accessories including 2 cues, billiard balls, triangle rack, felt brush, and chalk.


Playcraft Charles River 8′ Espresso Slate Pool Table w/ Leather Drop Pockets

pool table

The Playcraft Southport has a traditional pool hall design that all experienced pool players will instantly recognize.  This table is commercial quality, meaning all components are highly durable and designed for constant use.

This table features a 1” Brazilian slate bed that is honed to 1/1000th of an inch.  This level of accuracy makes the table perfect for competitive players.  The slate is well supported on all sides by Playcraft’s intelligently designed sub-frame.  The table’s frame is covered in beautiful Cherry timber and has Cabriole legs with carved ball and claw feet. This table is a great choice for pool players who are slightly more serious about their pool playing.  It has been designed to stand up to the rigors of everyday use and will give a homeowner many years of use.


How to Install a Pool Table?

Now that you have the best pool table for the money and your playing needs, it is time to install it, isn’t it? Well, to help you out with this task, here is a video on how to assembly and install a pool table.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a full size pool table?

The most common size for a pool table sold in the United States is 44 x 88 inches. Or, at least, that’s the standard size for non-tournament pool tables. As for the standard tournament-sized table, that usually falls in the range of 50 x 100 inches.

Is a 6 foot pool table too small?

Most players will prefer an 8-foot or 9-foot long table, but a 6-foot table can work great as well. Six-foot tables are great for tighter playing spaces, so you should really consider one if your home isn’t all that big. Professional players might not like these smaller tables, but they work just fine for casual players and people who are just beginning to learn how to play pool in real life.

Are slate pool tables better than wooden ones?

While heavier and more expensive than wood, slate ensures that the play surface remans smooth and level. Wood, as well as table tops made from synthetics, can warp quite easily. Because it is so durable and known to last, many manufacturers will provide a lifetime warranty for a slate pool table.

How far does a pool table need to be away from the wall?

You should install the pool table in the center of the room to leave as much space around it as possible so you won’t have trouble scoring tricky shots. The bare minimum distance that the table needs to be away from the wall is five feet. Anything less than that, and your experience will be greatly hindered.

Can you move a pool table without taking it apart?

You can move it as long as the distance is short and you’ve got some people to help you out. We also recommend furniture sliders if you plan on moving the table without taking it apart since it can leave scratches on the floor.

If you dont mind being a little unclassy, there are pool tables that come on wheels for easy mobility. These are not manny players first choice, but can be helpful if you are in a situation where you will often need to relocate your table.

Final Thoughts

Now that we presented you with our guide on how to buy the best pool table for your home and needs, together with our top three choices of 2022, it is time for you to do some sharing as well. First, do you know what is the best way to level your table? In case you don’t, we have a quick guide for you. If you do and you have done it before, we’d love to hear some tips, tricks, and advice from seasoned players!

So, this was our guide on getting the best pool table this year, for the money, and for your needs. Make sure you put aside some budget, not only for the table itself, but also for the lighting, accessories, the electrician maybe, and other unforeseen expenses. We hope this helped. In case you have other questions regarding pool tables, the pool game itself, or how to buy pool accessories, feel free to leave us your comments in the section below!

How Much Room Do You Need for a Pool Table? | What You Need to Know

How much room do you need for a pool table? Well, it depends on a lot of factors. Many people love the idea of having a nice game room, and pool tables are a staple of a good game room. They’re big and unwieldy, though. If you’re wondering how much room do you need for a pool table, take heart. There’s an excellent way to figure this out before you even purchase your table.

Speaking of pool tables, we have a refined selection of best pool tables to buy this year. However, it is crucial to consider the pool table dimensions relative to your room before you get your hands on the table itself.

How Much Room Do You Need for a Pool Table?

How much room do you need for a pool table? Well, it depends. You have to ask and answer a lot of questions before you can determine how much room you need.

Things like table size, the type of games you want to play, the length of the cues you use, and more, all factor into deciding how much room you need for your pool table.

Table size

The first and probably most obvious consideration is table size. Pool tables come in several different sizes. In the United States, standard pool tables come in 3 sizes: 3.5 by 7 feet, 4 by 8 feet, and 4.5 by 9 feet.

There are also oversized tables, so you might want a table that’s listed as 7-feet+ long. That would be an oversized 7-foot table. You’ll mostly find 7-foot, 7-foot+, and 8-foot tables in homes.

You can also get 10-foot and 12-foot-long tables, but you don’t often find these in houses simply because there’s no room.

People also generally use tables that big for different kinds of billiards than that which we use standard pool tables. Unless you want to learn and specialize in those games, you don’t need a 10 or 12-foot table.

What kind of pool do you want to play

However, depending on the type of pool you play in, if you have space, you may well want a table that’s 4.5 by 9 feet.

Why? Bigger tables help you better hone your skills. If you have space and money for a 4.5 by 9-foot table, get that, especially if you want to break into a competitive or professional pool.

Also, you will want a table with regulation proportions, which is any pool table that’s exactly twice as long as it is wide. So if you don’t have space or money for a 9-foot table, a 4-foot by 8-foot table or 3.5-foot by 7-foot table will still give you the proper proportions.

Cue length matters

Pool cues are generally anywhere from 48 to 58 inches long. If you’ve ever played pool in a crowded pool hall or bar and had problems with hitting walls or other people with your cue while setting up and taking your shot, you know how irritated you get when you don’t have enough space.

Now, imagine having that problem in your otherwise perfect game room. How are you going to enjoy yourself if you’re always trying to avoid the walls?

Not only do you need to account for space the table itself requires, but you also need to consider the length of your longest cues.

Measuring your space

Now really, how much room do you need for a pool table? You know all the factors for the table and your game, so now it’s time to measure your space.

Take the measurements of the surface of your ideal pool table and add twice the length of your longest cue. For a table with a playing surface of 50 inches by 100 inches and a cue length of 58 inches, you’ll want to use this equation:

  • It’s 50 + 58(2) x 100 + 58(2). You should get 166 inches and 216 inches, respectively. Divide each number by 12, and you’ll get a minimum space of 13.83 feet by 18 feet.
  • Keep in mind that’s the absolute minimum space you’ll want for a pool table with a playing surface of 50 inches by 100 inches, which is generally a 4.5-foot by 9-foot table.
  • You probably want more space than that if you can. Something like 15 feet by 19 feet would work better for a table that size.

Also, you might have a tight corner unless you can place your table in the center of the room. That’s where you’ll usually just use a shorter cue.

There’s a reason people tend to locate their pool tables in finished basements or other designated rec rooms. They require a lot of space.

The key is ensuring you’ve got the maximum amount of space available to actually play. One tight corner isn’t going to ruin your fun, but tight spacing on most sides will.

What about other furniture in the room?

foosball

What else is in the room? Other game tables, like a foosball table? Your dining room table? A home theater? Maybe just a secondary living room or your regular living room?

You can move things like other game tables around to accommodate your pool table. You can move standard furniture around, too.

If you need to, you can rearrange the whole room, so long as everything in it is mobile.

However, things like home theaters and other amenities are built-in features of your house. You can’t move those around to accommodate your table.

Keep that in mind when you’re measuring your space.

Think about how many people will play

two men playing billiards

Do you frequently have guests over who would use the table? How much room do you need for a pool table if you typically have a lot of people playing?

Your guests want to have fun and be comfortable. If you’ve ever played pool with several others in a crowded place, we’re sure you’re aware of how annoyed you can get.

So take that into account as well. You may find you have to go down a table size for it to fit where you want it.

What if the table is for your kids? You can get a smaller, shorter table for them. If they’re the ones who will use it the most often, that gives you more flexibility in your space.

In all cases, though, you should be very mindful of the space you really have available in your house for a pool table.

Other considerations and frequently asked questions

You have a few other things to think about before you buy a pool table, too.

  • Moving the table through your house
  • Light fixtures
  • Floor décor

We talked about these issues when we presented you with the best pool tables to get this year. Pool table lighting and having enough space to move around your room are crucial aspects you need to consider even before measuring the table or the room.

As FAQs go, before we wrap up this article, let’s take a look at some of the answers people want the most when it comes to creating a pool room in their homes!

What size room do you need for a 7ft pool table?

The ideal size room for a 7ft pool table depends on the cues you want to use. So here are some pool table dimensions in relation to the pool cues’ length and room size to determine what works best for you:

  • 7ft pool table with 48″ cues – the room should be about 13′ x 16′;
  • 7ft pool table with 58″ cues – the room should be about 14′ x 17′.

The most significant consideration besides finding out how much room you need for a pool table is how you’ll get it where you want it.

You have to get it through your door, around corners, and possibly up or down some stairs.

Hallways and interior doorways play a significant role, too. When you’re taking your measurements, measure everything through which you’ll have to move the table to get it where you want it.

Keep in mind the fact that even if the legs of your pool table come off, you still have to move the entire tabletop through these areas and around obstacles. So before you purchase your table, do your best to ensure you can get it into and through your house.

Nowadays there are many pool tables that come on wheels for easier storage and movement. If you get a table with wheels the width of that table is more important than ever. It would be a shame to buy a mobile table just to discover it won’t fit through any doorways.

Light fixtures

You’re most likely going to ensure you have proper overhead lighting before you buy a pool table.

But what about wall fixtures? That matters, too. If you have light fixtures on your walls, you need to take those into account when measuring your space. And if you’re still working on your area, install your light fixtures before you measure the space for the ta

You might have the coolest area rugs or other décor on the floor where you want your pool table to go, too.

However, if it doesn’t have a non-slip underside or you haven’t put a non-slip pad underneath, you might find yourself in some trouble. Be sure your rugs don’t slip on your flooring before you bring your pool table home.

If all of this seems like too much for an answer to, “How much room do you need for a pool table,” you can always call an expert to come and take a look.

Search for a business that specializes in moving and placing pool tables. They’ll not only be able to accurately measure your space, but they’ll also be able to evaluate doorways, stairways, and more, to see if you’re going to have problems getting the table into your space.

How far should be a pool table from any wall?

It is a matter of common sense to place the pool table in the center of your newly created pool room. Make sure you have at least 5 feet distance from the table (margins and corners) to any wall. This space should be lengthier than 5 feet in case you have some cool tricks on your sleeve and you want to show them to your guests. In any case, a minimum of 5 feet around the table to all corners should be enough to allow you to play pool and position your cue so you don’t hit the walls.

What is the most popular pool table size?

In most pool bars, halls, and tournaments, the standard pool table is the 9ft one. However, it might be a tad larger for your living room or basement. If you consider remodeling a room for pool games, you should choose a 7ft pool table. You could also go for the 8ft type, but you need to get the room sizing perfectly. Here are the ideal room size dimensions in case you want to bring home an 8ft pool table:

  • 8ft pool table with 48″ cues – the room should be about 14′ x 17′;
  • 8ft pool table with 58″ cues – the room should be about 14′ x 18′.

Can you install a pool table in a carpeted room?

Technically, hardwood floors are the best ones for a pool table and its players. If you leave the carpet, you will have to adjust it frequently,  not to mention vacuum and clean it regularly. On the other hand, floors with rugs also work well with pool tables as they protect the floors from traffic, bumps, balls falling on the floor, and all other accidents.

So How Much Room Do You Need for a Pool Table? Bottom Line

pool table in the living room

How much room do you need for a pool table? Like so many other things, it depends. The size of the table you want, the lengths of your cues, the number of people you want playing, and your overall space, all factor into how much room you need.

And remember, you don’t have to figure all of this out yourself if you don’t want to. You can find experts who will help you answer “how much room do you need for a pool table,” and even help you move it into your house.

Another option you could consider is getting a dual-use table. There are many different game tables that can be used for pool, then add a top piece and the table can be used for puzzles, board games, or card games. If you are willing to dedicate a space in your house to a pool table, it might as well be for multiple uses! This pool table, for example, can be used for pool, air hockey, and ping pong. A table like this might just make the sacrifice of space feel a little bit more worth it in case you weren’t already convinced you should give up the space.

Regardless of the direction in which you go, just keep in mind that you need a lot of room, even for a small pool table. However, you’re now equipped to figure out just how much space you need. So if a pool table is what you’re after, now you know how to be sure you have the space for it. Just remember that playing pool is not as easy as it seems! Check out our guides on how to rack a pool table like a pro, how to buy and install the best pool table for the money, and what cues are the best to boost your game!

Have questions or ideas? Do you want to play pool at home this year and want to learn more about organizing the room? Let us know in the comment section below! Also, tell us more about your experiences with choosing and installing a pool table in your home!

7 Best Golf Clubs Reviews

Farther, higher, and straighter. Those qualities are what every golfer looks for in a golf club.

Unfortunately, golf is not as easy as it may look on TV, especially if you are using mediocre golfing gear. While every golfer wants to hit some lusty shots, it’s sometimes difficult because they are using the wrong golf clubs. A set of clubs that aren’t well suited to your needs can greatly impact your performance and are often a point of frustration for many people.

It is, therefore, important to find the right set of clubs that will give you the much-needed precision and distance. We hope this list can serve as a starting point for anyone who’s in the market for a new set of golf clubs. So without farther ado, here are the best golf clubs you are likely to come across:

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Here’s Our Full Reviews of the 7 Best Golf Clubs!

Callaway Apex Pro


Callaway Golf 2018 Men’s Rogue Irons Set (Set of 5 Total Clubs: 6-PW,…

  • 360 Face Cup + VFT for more Ball Speed
  • MIM’d Internal Standing Wave for Optimal Flight and Control
  • Urethane Microspheres for Great Feel

Callaway has put all its experience, expertise, and advanced technology to create the latest set of the Apex Pro.

The head is made from a mixture of carbon and steel to create a smooth and supple feel no matter the shot you are playing. Long clubs have heavier slugs for explosive distances while short irons have no extra weight added to them to give you a light, comfortable feel when playing short chip shots.

These irons are generally made for low and mid handicappers. Mid handicapper can easily improve and take their gameplay to the next level while low handicappers (who miss the ball from time to time) will finally get the precision they’re looking for from these golf clubs.

PROS

  • forged clubs

  • latest technology

  • excellent grips

CONS

  • not for left-handed

  • costly

  • not for beginners

Wilson Ultra


Wilson Golf Men’s Ultra Complete Package Set, Right Hand

  • Super game improvement design focuses on generating more distance for beginner golfers
  • Large 460cc Titanium matrix driver uses hot face and low center of gravity to launch the ball off the Tee
  • Large sweet spot irons feature perimeter weighting for improved performance on off center hits

The construction of this club is just remarkable – the combination of a hollow body and an L-face design allows you to hit the ball farther and higher. It also has a Tungsten placed at the toe to improve Moment of Inert (MOI) and lower the center of gravity.

Additionally, the Titleist 718 AP2 has a cracking feel to it that will definitely boost your gameplay. The sound made when you make a shot is also satisfying. This model is basically a high-forgiving golf club with excellent accuracy.

If you are thinking of spending your money on this beauty, you won’t be disappointed.

PROS

  • improve MOI

  • accurate

  • great iron works

CONS

  • poor customer service

  • costly shipping

  • expensive for beginners

Callaway Steelhead XR


Callaway Golf STEELHEAD XR 7 Iron, Steel Shaft, Regular Flex, Right

  • The next generation of our industry-leading 360 Face Cup technology increases ball speed on both center hits and…
  • Our soft, steel-infused Shock Eliminator Technology absorbs unwanted vibration for great feel, and helps lower the…
  • The new Hollow Bore-Thru hosel design saves significant weight that’s strategically repositioned in the head to create…

The Steelhead XR clubs are the perfect combination of traditional and modern, and the result is a wonderful set of good-looking clubs with great power and exemplary performance. Callaway brought back to life the classic golf club shape, but with new technology.

With a huge sweet spot, it is quite impossible to miss the ball.

This makes it an excellent choice for both mid and high handicappers. And when you do hit the ball, except nothing but precision and distance.

PROS

  • absorbs unwanted vibration

  •  increased ball speed

  • affordable price

CONS

  • not for low handicappers

  • less adjustability

  • low versatility 

Callaway Steelhead XR

Cobra Golf King RADSPEED Driver

  • Radial Weighting Technology-Radial Weighting is the strategic placement of weight relative to the CG to optimize…
  • CNC Milled Infinity Face-An infinity edge face design expands the milled area by 95% to…
  • Thin-Ply Carbon Crown-The Carbon Wrap Crown system features a new carbon fiber…
  • Lighter T-Bar Chassis-A refined T-Bar speed chassis design is 7 grams lighter, giving…
  • Extreme Front Weighting-The Radspeed Driver frame features 28g positioned as forward as possible (16 g of fixed weight…

It is hard for manufacturers to attain both good looks and performance in one golf club. But Cobra King’s RADSPEED driver delivers on both fronts.

With a incredibly low launch and spin, fast ball speeds, this club is an amazing driver. The light T-bar chassis makes the head remarkably stable while also being light enough to keep the majority of the weight close to the face. By crafting as much of the head out of carbon fiber as possible Cobra king was able to avoid detracting from the discretionary weight of of it’s Radial Weighting Technology.

Taking all of this into account, it’s no surprise many experienced golfers pick this club over other drivers.

PROS

  • good looks 

  • extreme forgiveness

  • great performance

CONS

  • fragile shaft

  • no pop off face

  • costly for beginners

xE1 Sand Wedge


xE1 Sand Wedge & Lob Wedge– The Out-in-One Golf Wedge, Pitching and Chipping Wedge…

  • OUT-IN-ONE SAND WEDGE; The xE1 wedge has high loft and a unique AutoGlide Sole that make it easy and automatic to escape bunkers in one…
  • ELIMINATE FAT SHOTS; Say goodbye to embarrassing chunked pitch and chip shots. It’s practically impossible to…
  • SAVE STROKES INSTANTLY, LITTLE PRACTICE REQUIRED; Thanks to the xE1’s unique design…
  • LEGAL FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY, 1-YEAR MANUFACTURER WARRANTY…

The xE1 Wedge made by Autopilot is a club that gets some bounce in it’s shots. While other golf clubs may work well as generalists, this club excels at allowing for a quick recovery when stuck in a less than ideal spot. Crafted with a steep 65 degree loft, the xE1 allows for you to make a clean escape from bunkers and roughs. Paired with its high spin stopping the ball dead when landing, it makes for a perfect addition to any golfers collection.

One of the biggest selling points and most known qualities of this club is its ability to nearly eliminate fat shots entirely. Thanks to its wide sole, the xE1 glides almost effortlessly across the ground without digging into the ground. It’s truly no wonder why so many golfers recommend this club.

PROS

  • less fat shots

  • not heavy

  • affordable

CONS

  • not an all around club

  • cast not forged

  • short pitch

Odyssey White Hot OG Putter


Odyssey Golf 2021 White Hot OG Putter

  • Odyssey White Hot OG Putters feature the original White Hot formulation, feel, sound and performance in…
  • This classic name is synonymous with legendary performance and the unique…
  • Available in a premium stepless steel shaft or our Tour proven, multi-material Stroke Lab shaft…
  • Both of these stock options are precisely fitted with a gray DFX Rubber Grip for a…

Odyssey’s White Hot OG Putter is a line of clubs with 20 years of history behind it. The original series set a new standard for the industry regarding putters. The name alone fills many experienced golfers with nostalgia and those new to the sport with intrigue.

There are a number of options to pick from regarding heads with this line up. All of the heads in the White Hot OG Putter series are equipped with their famous White Hot inserts, these golf clubs provide superior sound. The two part urethane technology creates audible feedback proportionate to how hard the ball is struck.

Inserts aside, there are also two different shafts to pick from. A classic steeples steel shaft and one with their Stroke Lab design that maintains perfect weight distribution by make the top most portion of the shaft using graphite. Both shafts come with a curved rubber pistol grip that helps keep the head aligned when you use it.

With all of these features and innovations, its obvious why these putter are a classic looked back on fondly.

PROS

  • impressive precision compared to similar products

  • wide range of shaft and head styles

  • great weight distribution

CONS

  • short

  • small grip

  • costly for beginners

Pinemeadow Excel EGI Hybrid


Pinemeadow Excel EGI Hybrids (Men’s, Right Hand, Graphite, Regular Flex)

  • BIGGER SWEET SPOT: All hybrids feature a nice balance of weight throughout…
  • GRAPHITE SHAFT: Hybrids are equipped with a Pinemeadow Graphite shaft. The…
  • HEADCOVER: All hybrids come with a headcover to protect your club while it…

Hybrids tend to act as jack-of-all-trades in your arsenal, and the Pinemeadow Excel EGI Hybrid is perfect example of that.

Because of it’s center of gravity being lower and farther back, the Excel EEGI Hybrid’s height and distance make it an excellent golf club for hitting of the tee. Taking into account that it’s weight being more evenly dispersed across the face makes it incredibly accurate, it’s understandable as to why so many players have one ready to go in their bags.

PROS

  • good price for quality

  • consistent

  • good height and distance

CONS

  • heavy

  • fragile shaft

  • not good for beginners

How to Choose the Best Golf Clubs

Whether you’re investing in your very first professional golf set, or upgrading from your current one, then it’s important to know what exactly to look for in the best golf clubs.

Budget

This is one of the most important aspects to purchasing new golf clubs. If you’re purchasing from the top brands, then it can turn out to be quite an expensive investment.

Be realistic, especially if you’re new to golf and this is your first set. Set a budget that works for you. You can always upgrade later on, but you don’t want to waste money on something that you may not end up using very often.

Weight

Don’t forget that you’ll have to carry your golf clubs around with you, unless you’ll be using a caddy or golf cart.

If you will be carrying them around, make sure you don’t choose clubs or a bag that are too heavy for you. You don’t want to be so exhausted that you can’t even play the game.

Size

Golf clubs aren’t made to fit everyone perfectly. Make sure you get measured properly, and choose the correct length.

Set

It’s important to determine how many clubs you need and what kind you should be buying. Both of these depend on your playing level and handicap.

Be sure to determine where you’ll be playing and what the conditions are like before choosing a set.

Types of Golf Clubs

The aspect of a golf club that truly sets them apart from each other is the head. They will come in various sizes, shapes, and weights. Let’s take a look at the different types at golf clubs.

Iron

Iron clubs allow you to make long and short-range shots. You can also use these from the tee to right before you make the green. This makes irons versatile.

Irons also give you a wide range of strengths and striking speeds.

Wood

Woods are also known as drivers. These will be the largest heads in your set of golf clubs.

If you need power and distance when teeing off, then woods are your best bet. They are very aerodynamic.

Wedge

There are actually two types of wedges, sand or pitching. A sand wedge will give you what you need to get out of the bunkers. A pitching wedge will help you get onto the green.

Hybrid

A wedge is a more recent development, but they’re a very popular choice. They are especially popular with beginners.

Hybrids combine the features of irons and woods, so you’ll be able to carry around fewer clubs.

Putter

The putter is used on the green, and is used to strike the ball into the hole. Depending on your skill level, this will either be a blade putter or a mallet putter.

Final Thoughts: Which Golf Club is Right for You?

With these golf clubs, you can be sure of better shots and improved gameplay. Your performance on the course will always start with the type of golf club you are using. So, choose carefully!

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Knock Knock Jokes For Every Occasion

Knock knock jokes. A classic form of comedy that has withstood the test of time. Knock knock jokes can be witty, silly, groan-inducing, or even weirdly romantic. While you might not see some of the top comedians on Netflix telling knock knock jokes you may find having some of these in your back pocket for a quick laugh is always a good strategy to break the ice.

Best of all, with knock knock jokes, there’s not much to memorize. The jokes follow a simple structure where only the last two lines ever change. Once you can tell one knock knock joke, then you can tell them all!

Ready to learn a few jokes?

Let’s dive in!

Romantic Knock Knock Jokes

You probably never dreamed of telling a romantic knock knock joke, did you? While these jokes aren’t going to make your crush suddenly fall in love with you they might get them to crack a smile, and everyone knows a smile is a fast lane to someone’s heart. You may have to say some of these out loud before they make sense.

Heartwarming:

  • “Knock knock.”

  • “Who’s there?”

  • “Olive.”

  • “Olive who?”

  • “Olive you.”

The kiss:

  • “Knock knock.”

  • “Who’s there?”

  • “Al.”

  • “Al who?”

  • “Open this door and Al give you a kiss.”

How are you?:

  • “Knock knock.”

  • “Who’s there?”

  • “Hawaii.”

  • “Hawaii who?”

  • “I am great! Hawaii you?”

Boyfriend:

  • “Knock knock.”

  • “Who’s there?”

  • “Disguise.”

  • “Disguise who?”

  • “Disguise your new boyfriend.”

Eye Rolling Knock-Knock Jokes

The One About the Cow:

  • “Knock knock.”

  • “Who’s there?”

  • “Cows go.”

  • “Cows go who?”

  • “No, silly. Cows go ‘moo.’”

The One About the Owl:

  • “Knock knock.”

  • “Who’s there?”

  • “Owls say.”

  • “Owls say who?”

  • “Yes they do.”

Another Cow Joke:

  • “Knock knock.”

  • “Who’s there?”

  • “Interrupting cow.”

  • “Interrupting…”