How to Mark a Snooker Table

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A game of snooker can be a fun pastime or a nail-biting sport. When deciding to mark your table as a snooker table or a billiards table, you need to make sure to have some background knowledge to mark the cloth/felt correctly. This marking can be done either before the slate and cloth is installed on the table or after it's put together. The choice is yours, as both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure (or ruler)
  • Marker pencil (or pen)
  • Snooker D marking stick
  • Pack of spots (large or small)
  • Screwdriver
  • Chart to snooker table markings
  • Get a copy of a snooker marking chart. There are several Web sites that allow you to print out a 12-foot snooker table diagram, as well as a chart for any other size table you need.

  • Measure out the blue ball center spot. To do so, take your tape measure or your ruler and measure the distance between the two side pockets. Divide this in half, and use your marking pencil to mark a spot in the exact center of the table. Make sure when marking the felt/cloth that the mark is a small cross no bigger than the snooker spots you plan to use. If the marks are bigger than the spots, you will see the markings on the table.

  • Mark the pink ball spot. This is found along the center line of the table (lengthwise). It is halfway between the blue ball center spot and the edge of the table. It also is symmetrical in that if you visualize a line between the corner pocket and the side pocket, and then from the adjacent corner and side pocket, the intersection is where the pink ball spot goes. Mark it the same as the blue ball spot.

  • Mark the black ball spot. This is located along the same center line as the pink ball spot and the blue ball center spot. The size of the table will determine how far from the edge the black ball spot is to be marked. For instance, if the table is a full-sized, 12-foot table, then the black ball spot will go 12 3/4 inches from the edge.

  • Mark the baulk line. This is a solid line along the width of the table. Use your ruler to mark a straight, level line across the table.

  • Mark the brown ball spot along the baulk line where it intersects the center line but on the other half of the slate. Do not draw the lengthwise center line, only draw the line across the width that will be the baulk line.

  • Use your snooker marking stick. This is a pivot tool that has one hole on one side used to pivot the tool around and multiple holes on the other side that are labeled with snooker table lengths. Place your screwdriver into the pivot hole of the tool and hold it snugly, yet directly, on the brown ball spot mark. On the other side of the tool, place your marker in the hole that corresponds to the length of your table. Create a "D" shape (or semi-circle) from the baulk line toward the closest edge.

  • Place a snooker spot on every cross mark that you made. Your goal is to cover the marks you made on the cloth.

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