In The video above, the reporter shares insights on determining the right custom pool table size based on room dimensions and gameplay dynamics. He emphasizes the necessity of having a five-foot clearance around the table, elucidating the spatial prerequisites for various table sizes: 3.5 by 7 feet, 4 by 8 feet, and 4.5 by 9 feet.
The reporter highlights the critical role of this minimum space for using a full-length cue, showcasing a five-foot cueing distance to ensure an unobstructed stroke.
He explains that shorter cues, down to 36 inches, can be utilized if space is restricted, underlining how room size affects cue length. The gameplay differences become apparent as the reporter contrasts smaller and larger tables. A 3.5 by 7-foot table, often found in bars, results in more clustered balls during play, demanding frequent breakouts.
Conversely, a 9-foot table offers spaced-out balls but presents more challenging shots due to its larger size. An 8-foot table strikes a balance between the two, offering fewer clusters and relatively easier shots, making it a popular choice for enthusiasts seeking an equilibrium between challenge and playability. Ultimately, the reporter recommends opting for a 9-foot table for serious players with ample space, a 7-foot table for those constrained by space limitations, and the widely favored 8-foot size for a well-rounded gameplay experience.