Billiards- A Brief History of the Game

Very few people might be aware of the fact that Billiards is a game that has been derived from the Croquet game. This was a game played generally by the upper classes of the society, by the queens and the kings and the important pillars of the society. There was Lawn Billiards played by all alike without any kind of discrimination. It was thoroughly played and immensely enjoyed by people. Then, there was the Billiard table introduced with Mary Queen of Scots having her own Billiard table craved using wood and showcasing green beautiful fabric mimicking the grass in which the game was originally played. Mary Queen of Scots was wrapped in her very own billiard table cloth post her execution in the month of February, 1587. It was during the late 18th century when Billiards rose to popularity. The first Billiards tournament was organized in the year 1945. Since then, Billiards has growth in strength attracting a large number of players including some of the best professional players as well.

Evolution of Pool

While the exact evolution of Billiards is still not known, it has been widely accepted that the most recognizable and original form of Billiards evolved in 15th century France. During the earlier days, there was huge success enjoyed by the game and it has also got its mention in the Shakespearean plays. The game was highly enjoyed by scientists, politicians and celebrities. Louis IV of France, Mozart, George Washington and Napoleon were some of the most popular enthusiasts and players of this game.

Early Days

It was during the late 17th century that players came to know about the cue. Previously, the players made use of a mace for striking the ball. Introduction of the cue took place due to the fact that hitting the Billiards ball using a mace when against the rail was cumbersome and challenging. It was during the 19th century that the game gained huge popularity in England with the rules and the equipment quickly evolving to a certain level that the players are familiar with at present.

Further Advancements

It was in the first half of the 19th century that the two-piece cue came to the forefront. This was following the great industrial revolution. It was during this time when slate started being used as one of the most common materials for creating the bed of the surface for playing the game. This trend has continued to the modern times. This is due to the quality of slate best used as a material for making Billiard playing surfaces. With the invention of the method of rubber vulcanization in 1845, rails started being made using this amazing material and this has continued ever since.

The Evolution of Modern Billiards

The 15 ball Billiards us considered the forerunner of the modern 9 ball Billiards which is widely played throughout the United States. There are different Billiard games played at present throughout the world. People in the modern times are quite interested in playing both the traditional and the modern versions of the game.