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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Super Aramith TV Pro-Cup balls

After 5 years of beating up my set of Brunswick Centennial balls, I splurged on a new set of Super Aramith TV Pro-Cup balls. The first thing I did was weigh each ball, twice, right after unpacking, so there would be no chalk or other schmutz on them to interfere with accuracy. Here are the results:

Weights (using digital scale):

One ball is 168 grams
Eleven balls are 169 grams each (includes the "measle" cue ball)
Four balls are 170 grams each

Yo, Aramith! We can put a man on the moon (so I'm told), but can't make billiard balls of consistent weight? What's up with that?

3 Comments:

Blogger Robert Johnson said...

Right. I doubt they wouldn't make the "popular balls" slightly heavier (like cue ball, 1, 2, 3) so over time they would wear differently and become the same weight.

I read somewhere people should replace their cue ball every few years to account for the excessive wear on it.

I cannot determine what Aramith says about the precision of their balls. Brunswick says their Centennials are accurate to 1/1000 inch which translates to about 167.7 to 170.3 grams if 169 grams is the norm. Our newer technologies should be able to improve on this.

Thursday, May 14, 2009 1:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete@CuesportTV said...

It is not possible to have an exact science, the balls are manufactured to certain tolerances, but by the nature that means there will be difference. I am still surprised by your results though.

Sunday, May 24, 2009 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger iulian said...

I don't think you can actually feel the 1 gram difference.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 6:49:00 AM  

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