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c.holtz009
11-02-2005, 03:55 PM
I ordered a set of Practice Pro Pocket Reducers, but I didn't like them very much. So, I reworked them into something that suited me a little better. I used some neoprene from work, and cut it to match the pocket, then covered the new reducers with some used Simonis.
Let me know what you think!!






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caedos
11-02-2005, 11:47 PM
I love the idea! They look great. Do they play well? I'm afraid to cut mine up unless I have a good chance of getting it right. What adhesive did you use to put the felt on?

Very, very cool.


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c.holtz009
11-03-2005, 03:06 AM
They play very well. I didn't cut my old ones up though. I just made new ones.
To put the cloth on, I used contact cement in an aerosol can.

catscradle
11-03-2005, 07:04 AM
I basically did the same thing. However I've since had my pockets shimmed permanently to 4 1/2 in the corners and a proportional amount in the sides so I very rarely use them anymore, though I still sometimes use the sides reducers. There have been enough threads on this here, on AZB, and on RSB that you'd think the company would have picked up on it and changed the product.
The best pocket reducers I ever saw were leather and wrapped the full inside of the pockets with a metal ban in the back adding tension to hold them in place. After I saw them I searched and searched the internet, but they were no longer available. They were made someplace in upstate NY when they were made.
BTW, if you put them in the pockets with the spring portion DOWN it eliminates the problem of shooting over them when the cueball is near them. It takes away a little bit from the room in the pocket, but not as much as you might think.

c.holtz009
11-03-2005, 08:25 AM
It would be nice to have the pockets shimmed, but I only use these at the pool hall I play at, and I don't have a table at home (no room). They don't mind me using them because I'm the pool equipment maintenance guy.
Without them in, the pockets are like barrels.

wolfdancer
11-03-2005, 10:52 AM
I don't like mine either....but only use them for the side pockets.....i like what you did, and I'll try to do the same
thanks, good idea, jd

catscradle
11-03-2005, 01:05 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> I don't like mine either....but only use them for the side pockets.....i like what you did, and I'll try to do the same
thanks, good idea, jd <hr /></blockquote>

BTW, here is a more through explaination from RSB of how the guy who inspired me did it. Pocket reducer redesign from RSB (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.sport.billiard/browse_frm/thread/53d63d69899c2338/214bbc9b1524d282?lnk=st&amp;q=pocket+reducers&amp;rnum=1&amp;h l=en#214bbc9b1524d282)
Note particularly that you only have to go to your local Home Depot Plumbing department to get an adequate material to use for this.
Picture... (http://www.geocities.com/bill190nospam )

c.holtz009
11-03-2005, 01:28 PM
Now, if I could figure out a way to totally replace those springs that get in the way of some shots, I might be on to something.....
Anyone have any ideas?? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

catscradle
11-03-2005, 01:35 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote c.holtz009:</font><hr> Now, if I could figure out a way to totally replace those springs that get in the way of some shots, I might be on to something.....
Anyone have any ideas?? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif <hr /></blockquote>

I mentioned this in my earlier response. Just put them in upside down with the springs going in to the pocket. They're out of your way and don't take up much room in the pocket itself. "Try it, you'll like it."

c.holtz009
11-04-2005, 11:30 AM
O.K. I'll give it a go, ans see how it works...
Thanks!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

nAz
11-04-2005, 03:05 PM
sweet, i have an old set laying around somewhere... think i'll try that out.

c.holtz009
11-05-2005, 07:08 AM
I tried putting the springs down in the pocket. I had to slightly modify the reducers by drilling new holes for the springs in the bottom of the shims.
It worked fantastic! No springs getting in the way of shots!!
Thanks cats!!

wolfdancer
11-05-2005, 07:58 AM
thanks, it's more like what I had in mind for the pockets

wolfdancer
11-05-2005, 06:43 PM
I moght not have needed 'em
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