A ball is actually a round spherical object with many different uses. It’s commonly used in table tennis games, in which the game of the ball follows the motion of the ball when it’s being hit, knocked or tossed. Balls are also used for less complicated activities, like juggling or catching. Another common use is as a weight management tool. We’ll talk about these other uses as we go through this article, and we’ll also go over some specific terms regarding the game of billiards.
The earliest known use of a ball comes from ancient Greeks. In fact, we can find many Greek first edition sports textbooks that mention a game called “ball”. As this sport evolved over time to become recognized as a real game by the western world, the term “ball” stuck. Today, people commonly refer to a billiard ball, which is a circular shaped ball.
Two of the most common types of billiard ball games are bridge and high low. In bridge, the two players stand opposite each other on a straight line (not curved) between them. The objective is for the player to toss the ball across the line to his partner who has a colored strip behind him in the center of the table. The ball has to make it to the other player’s base, or “pin” within a certain amount of meters, before being thrown back. High low is similar, except the goal is to make the ball into a “rubber band” between you and your opponent.
Billiard balls can be made from a number of materials, depending on how popular it becomes. Wooden balls, of course, are the most popular but there are many colors available as well. Marble, for example, is an extremely hard, durable material, but is rarely used because it’s very expensive. Gold, silver, and plastic are all relatively inexpensive, although they can vary greatly in the quality of materials. Plastic is one of the only modern materials that can replicate the unique qualities of ancient Greek balls, which were originally handmade.
Billiards has a long history of game play and, more importantly, history of manufacturing balls. Brass was commonly used because it was affordable. The color options are wide, and manufacturers can add colors to their brass balls at any time. Marble and rubber are the most common materials for billiards balls. All ball games, regardless of the design or materials, have a basic set of rules, known as the “ball pattern”, which must be followed in order to play the game.
Today, people often refer to a billiard ball as a “maser-soliton theory ball”. A maser-soliton theory ball is simply a combination of a sphere and a helical cable. The helical cable creates a spiraling orbit around the sphere, which causes the ball to spin. Many people use balls with the maser-soliton theory as their cue ball, as the spiraling orbit around the cue ball creates a very unique and interesting effect in games such as pool and billiards. The origins of ball lightning are highly important to understanding the nature of this ancient sport.