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How to Apply Pool Table Black Spots

    Step 1

    Locate the three sights on one of the four short side rails located on the long side of the table between the center and corner pockets. Place your yardstick at the center one, and extend it across the table, perpendicular to the side rail.

    Step 2

    Find the approximate intersection with the center line of the table (running from the center sight on the head or foot rail to the center sight on the other end). Lightly mark a short line along the yardstick's edge in this spot with the chalk.

    Step 3

    Circle around to the end of the table. Line up the yardstick with the center spot so that it is perfectly perpendicular with the end rail (pointing toward the other end of the table). Where the yardstick intersects with your light chalk mark, make a darker, small chalk spot.

    Step 4

    Apply a pool table spot to this darker spot. Remove excess chalk markings.

    Step 5

    Repeat the process for the other end of the table.

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  • The head spot is optional, as the breaking player can put the cue ball anywhere behind the invisible line formed by the middle sights.


  • Decide which end of the table is best to be the foot. Large windows or other breakable objects are best situated behind the head of the table. If they are behind the foot, an out-of-control break shot could carom off the table and through the glass.

Things Needed

  • Yardstick or other long straight-edge
  • Chalk
  • Adhesive pool spots

About the Author

Denise Kelly is the copy editor for a small publisher in Paris, France. Before that she was a copy editor at daily newspapers, starting in graduate school. She has been writing professionally since 1996. She has a Master of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

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