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Racking Template for a Tight Rack

Racking Template for a Tight Rack

Hey guys, new to the forum. 2 months of experience.

This topic is less of a strategy and more of a sub-strategy related to breaking.

I've seen this 10-ball match video of Jeff De Luna breaking a rack. I noticed that there's a template underneath the tight rack that could support 10-ball and 9-ball racks.



I was wondering if anyone knows where I could buy this online. I've also heard the commentators mention the name 'Multirack'. I did a search on it and came up dry.

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Racking Template for a Tight Rack

Replies & Comments

  1. TheIshterFenwick on 11/4/2009 10:54:09 PM

    Are you talking about a template for tapping balls in place?

  2. TheIshterquickshot on 11/5/2009 6:28:50 AM

    This the first time I have ever seen a template of the type you are talking about. It looks like it is being used in the Philippines and may be a local product there. You can try Ozonebilliards.com or the Billiardswarehouse.com. If anyone may have it they would. Also try Muellerbilliards.com.

    If you find it lets us know.

  3. TheIshterMitch Alsup on 11/5/2009 9:52:23 AM

    In effect, this is completely unnecessary.

    If you always leave your balls racked at exactly the same spot while you are not playing, the balls will make little indentations in the cloth, and over time the balls will simply roll back to where these indentations are. The only marks you need on the table are some (tiny, thin, barely visible marks) that align the rack such that the balls are positioned over their little indentations.

    If you take this strategy, do not brush this section of the cloth; as brushing will raise the fibers and make it harder for the balls to find their indentations.

  4. TheIshterquickshot on 11/5/2009 10:16:27 AM

    By multirack I think they mean that the template can be used for different games. Although Mitch's ans is a common practice, I can understand the value of the template in the event you want to take it somewhere. I will try to search it out and get back to you.

  5. TheIshterTheIshter on 11/5/2009 1:58:00 PM

    @Mitch Alsup - I understand that, but I don't have an expensive pool table. It has a wooden slate and (I'm guessing) would get damaged easily.

    I've been observing Wu Chia Ching's breaks, and sometimes I get too much top spin on my cue action since I don't have a designated break cue (thinking of buying the Elite Heavy break cue though). It jumps to where the rack is placed and might have bent the wood on the slate a bit. Now I can't get a tight rack for practicing my break.

    I'm assuming that this multirack would have an indented edges so that the balls are held tight.

    @quickshot - Thanks for the help. I've been searching for it as well.

  6. TheIshterMitch Alsup on 11/5/2009 4:00:14 PM

    Just a note on breaknig: next time you change the felt, get Simonis 760. This felt is fast enough that you can break at moderate speed and send the balls flying all over the table surface. That is you don't have to hit it all that hard. Saves wear and tear on cue, tip, shaft, cue-ball, object-balls, and the felt.

  7. TheIshterTheIshter on 11/5/2009 7:26:59 PM

    After hours and hours of searching, I finally found the product. Two brands, actually. One is made of some type of film that's thicker than paper (see Japanese website), and one is made of paper.

    newart.co.jp/invisible.html pro9.co.uk/html/theproshop/main.php?P=product&pid=RACK0008

    It looks fantastic. I'd probably make backups by tracing the paper rack and cut out the parts with an exactoknife. I wonder if that will work.

    Some discussions about the product here:


    @Mitch Alsup - Thanks for the recommendation. I heard Simonis is a very high quality cloth company. I like to power the balls though, haha.

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Racking Template for a Tight Rack

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  • Published: 11/4/2009 9:30:10 PM