Pool Table Accessories

March 22nd, 2012

Pool Table Accessories

By Brian Z William

Having great pool table accessories can make a huge difference in the quality of your game, both in how well you play and in how much you like to play. There are lots of accessories that are so necessary it’s hard to call them just accessories, and there are items you can buy that will be a big help but which you can play without if you’d like. Here are some of the more popular and essential pool table accessories that you can work with if you so choose.

The first accessory we’re going to look at is your pool cue, which is hard to label as an accessory because it’s as essential a part of the game as the table and balls. Still they usually don’t come with the table so you’re going to need to buy them on their own which makes them a form of accessory. Making sure you get the correct pool cue that will improve your game exponentially is an important topic we’ve covered in detail elsewhere, but there are only a few major points of quality that you need to evaluate. These are the cue’s tips, how straight they are, how much they weigh and how long they are.

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Pool cues have a couple different parts to them which you can see as separate accessories and the most important of these are the cue tips. More than anything else it’s important you have a good number of replacement pool cue tips in stock at any given moment. These tips are generally pretty durable but you never know when one is going to break and you don’t want to play with tips that have dulled with age either which is inevitable if you play with your cues a lot. Make sure your replacement tips are sitting somewhere convenient to your billiards and pool tables so you don’t need to scrounge for one when the need arises.

Having a pool rack of your own for your billiards and pool tables room is a grey item between being an accessory and being a necessity. You don’t technically need one but there’s no better way to store your pool cues that will make sure they are in good working condition and aren’t going to get damaged or otherwise mistreated. Leaning them against the wall is a bad idea and so is just leaving them out where they can get banged and kicked or dropped. Getting a pool rack is an intelligent move you can make which will make sure your pool cues stay in great condition whenever you’re not using them. Considering the investment of a good pool cue a good pool rack is a wise decision.

One item that is questionable over whether you really need it or not is a cue case. Most people should consider these cases luxuries and not absolute necessities. The fact of the matter is unless you are someone who is traveling all the time and are bringing your pool cue with you wherever you go, such as if you are a professional or very serious pool player, then you probably don’t have much need for a pool cue case. If you have the money and you love to play with your own cue then go for it regardless, but there are more important accessories to purchase first.

There are other items which you might want to buy for your billiards and pool tables that aren’t really necessary either but are worth buying if you like them and have your other accessories in order. For example you can get a few chalk boards and pool lights for your billiards and pool tables room to improve the feel of the space. Chalk boards aren’t necessary but are fun ways to keep track of games and pool lights can really make a room look slicker and cooler. Keep in mind, however, that pool cue chalk is an absolute necessity and needs to be kept in your tables at all times and you should have plenty in reserve so you never run out in the moment.

It doesn’t really take a lot of equipment to play pool. All you really need are cues, balls and a table. But most people don’t want to just play pool. They are playing the game and building pool halls in their home because they want to deeply enjoy their time with the game and because they feel cool having those things in their house. When you keep this point in mind all those extra accessories that make the game more fun and make you feel cooler for owning and using them aren’t so unnecessary or such an indulgence anymore. Feeling good about your game and your set up is as important as anything else when you just play for fun, so get the accessories you need to maximize these qualities.

When it comes down to it pool is a very simple game and you don’t need many items to play it properly or to play it well. At a base level you should make sure you billiards and pool tables and you should make sure you have balls and that you have cues and the ability to chalk them up. Besides those items nothing else is necessary. Most people who play this game only do so for fun and not necessity however, and so there’s nothing wrong with them spending some extra money to get more accessories to make the game as fun as possible. Feeling like a cool person in your billiards and pool tables is fine and there’s nothing wrong with spending extra money on accessories to make that happen. It isn’t a waste of money if it makes you happier.

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Is Playing Billiards an Addiction?

June 2nd, 2011

Is Playing Billiards an Addiction?

By Chad Sylvia

Playing Billiards Can Be As Addictive As Drugs

When you go to your local billiards parlor and shoot some pool for the evening, do you happen to see those “regulars” who just look like they spend way too much time in that place? Well, these types of pool players are the focus of this article.

While they might appear to spend too much of their lives in a pool hall, and I’m sure their selective husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend feel the same, they are quite addicted to spending the majority of their time on some cloth and slate. This is because these players are entranced with the lure of the game and they are psychologically addicted to billiards like a junkie on the corner.

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Let’s be realistic about billiards, if you’ve ever played this game at a decent level you know two things: one, you need to spend hours a day on the table to refine your fundamentals of the game; secondly, you fall into the ambient zone of playing and, what appears to be focusing on the match to you, others may see as engaging in delinquent behavior.

This stems from the gambling Aura which permeates the billiards arena, and what I like to call an inevitable undertaking to grow your horns within the ranks. Many might believe the small and/or sometimes large monetary transactions which occur during pool matches hurt the ideology of the game; personally, I think it strengthens someone’s fervor to stride to be the best. However, there’s a slippery when wet slope here to watch out for.

Billiards Play Can Totally Drive or Run Your Lifestyle

The idea of playing billiards as a hobby is a tough understatement to swallow for any top player in today’s billiards industry. These players have given their entire lives up and have willingly given them to the game. Is this a bad thing? Well, all things considered it depends heavily on how successful of a player you turn out to be.

If you fail to elevate your level of play to what is considered to be “A” player, then you’ll most likely have trouble with most other aspects of life. Not that their is a concrete correlation between the two, it just appears to be the case with most people. Think about it, how many people do you know of that are such high level or aspiring to be play at such a level that have great full time jobs?

There are the select few who’ve already secured careers which allow them the luxury of spending hours a day within the pool hall. This time or persistence to be good may be looked upon as being addicted to the game.

The Junkie Mentality Just Resonates Within Pool Halls

Growing up in a pool hall I can tell you straight here it’s not the best place you’d probably want to provide for a child rearing environment. Most inner city billiards parlors or pool halls are either one or the other when it comes to style: they are presented for the purpose of drawing out the youth for food, music, and fun; or they’re laid out to provide ample income for sustaining itself from table time with family play all while allowing for a sectioned off advanced playing environment.

At the latter, you’ll find many weekly and monthly tournaments, as well as a constant stream of “local” money players engaging in their addictive roles. I say to each their own; And I’m not downing anyone here, I’ve spent 20 years inside the walls of a billiards hall and have engaged in plenty of, for the sake of this article, what we’d refer to as addictive trait behaviors. But I’ve also seen a lot of young lives sucked into this abyss and lives ruined because they lacked the moral boundaries that comes with risk.

Prognosis: Billiards Is A Controllable Addiction

In closing, I’d like to think for the sake of the game that billiards is a controllable addiction. The addictive aspects of the game are nothing different than any other sport in our lives. To join the upper-echelon of athletes, you must dedicate your life to the game. While billiards is unique do to it’s ability because it offers anyone the potential to become elite regardless of their physical condition, it runs a unique risk as well among the player interactions and normal game practices within the billiards industry.

Is this unlike any other professional sport? No, baseball has the lure of steroids, as does football. Then there’s price fixing, and a whole basket of politics I don’t care to embark upon. My point is this. While playing billiards for more than a infrequent recreation can come with lifestyle altering risks, the game is non abrasive to human nature and should be viewed as a legitimate hobby or sport. For some it may be an addiction, for others nothing other than a good time. Crack a Nine!

I’m an avid billiard player for more than 20 years. All my writings on the topic of billiards are to help add insight to up-and-coming players. There is so much to learn in in the game of billiards, and many fail to receive the right information they need to keep them engaged. To me it’s more than a hobby, an obsession according my girl, but the game of billiards is a wonderful experience for young minds. For more information on types of billiard equipment, please check out these Pool Sticks

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Do You Play Pool With Intuition?

March 30th, 2011

Do You Play Pool With Intuition?

By Ernie Reynolds

How many times have you just missed a shot and said to yourself “I should have aimed where I started to instead of moving my aim a little”? How often have you questioned the choice of shot you took when you became stuck without a leave?

Do you ever get this little urge in the back of your mind that says “shoot this ball” when your conscious mind thinks that might not be the right shot to take? How about when you make that near-miraculous shot that looked almost impossible because you could just “see it” and felt you might make it?

I believe all these things are your built-in intuition working for you.

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In my studies of mental philosophies and the workings of the mind, I have often seen the phrase “quiet the mind”. This basically means to take a mental step back and internally observe the thousands of thoughts that run through our minds constantly. This mental “watcher” can then observe a moment of quiet and solitude while the conscious mind continues to rattle on with random thoughts.

When we become aware of this quiet state we can filter out some of the extraneous, non-helpful thoughts and pick out the thoughts and ideas that can do us some real good. It is my belief that it is these helpful thoughts that make up at least a part of our intuition.

I find that when I am really in the zone and concentrating on the pool game at hand, my intuition sends the ideas much more readily to my conscious mind. It’s not like someone is talking in my ear loud and clear, but it just seems like I am more aware of the urges to shoot a certain shot or put some english on the cue ball in such a way as to have a better leave for my next ball.

It’s a subtle thing, but definitely there if you watch for it.

I feel it most strongly just after breaking a rack. As I am studying the layout of the balls and trying to decide how best to play them, I often get the urge to shoot a certain ball to start the run.

This ball may not be the one I would consciously choose to start with, but I find that if I go with my gut feeling, things often work out on the table. My second, third, or even fourth shot may not be readily apparent at first, but as the game progresses, the shots often keep coming and I can either run or nearly run the table.

A habit I picked up years ago, which I still use today, is to take a deep breath or two and mentally tell myself to “relax”. Especially if you are playing a tough opponent or are behind in a match, the few seconds it takes to do this can pay huge dividends.

I sometimes use the phrase “relax and win” with a deep breath or two. It’s amazing how often I have seen opponents miss easy shots after doing this.

By taking a deep breath and mentally relaxing, you are helping reduce any nervousness you may be feeling. This also helps to quiet the mind and open the way for your intuition to send you some advantageous thoughts and ideas for gaining the advantage and winning the game.

So, I challenge you to become aware and play pool with intuition the next few times you play. Take the plunge and follow the urges when and if they come. You may be pleasantly surprised.

A Solid Bridge Is Indispensable In Pool

March 8th, 2011

A Solid Bridge Is Indispensable In Pool

By Ernie Reynolds

I’m always looking for ways to consistently shoot pool well. As I play, I take note of any shots I miss and analyze if I am doing something wrong. I noticed something recently.

I missed a couple easy shots that I would normally make without much effort. The thing was, my shots were way off – I missed the pocket completely with the object ball.

On my next shot after one of these misses, I began my usual practice of going over the basics when I am missing – checking my stance, stroke, how I was hitting the cue ball, if I was bending over enough, etc. It was then that noticed that my bridge was kind of loose and sloppy.

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I mostly use the closed bridge when possible, as I feel that it provides the most secure grasp of the pool shaft. The index finger and thumb wrap around the shaft to hold it in place firmly but still allow it to slide for the stroke.

The problem was I wasn’t closing the index finger around the shaft tight enough, and the shaft had some sideways play during the stroke. As a result, when I took the shot, the cue tip was contacting the cue ball somewhere other than the center of the ball, causing the shot to veer off course.

Subsequently, on my next shots I paid attention to this little detail and grasped the shaft more firmly. Problem solved. I sometimes slide my middle finger up against the shaft while using this bridge to help firm up the grasp on the pool shaft.

The fingers of the bridge hand need to have a solid hold on the pool shaft to avoid this problem of the shaft floating around. The bridge MUST remain absolutely still so that the end of the shaft doesn’t move around and affect the tip hit on the cue ball.

I use hand chalk so I can get a firm grip, while still allowing the shaft to slide easily for the pool stroke. Some people prefer using a pool glove for the same reason.

Another aspect of the bridge I might mention is the support for the bridge. The three fingers that support the bridge should be splayed as far apart as possible to provide a rock-solid base. If your cue tip is wavering around because of a weak bridge it is almost impossible to hit the cue ball correctly and consistently, resulting in a lot of missed shots.

I observe many beginner pool players forming a shaky bridge. Their fingers are often not spread out enough to provide a solid base for the bridge, and they don’t grip the cue shaft firmly enough to prevent the tip from moving around.

This is a major stumbling block to their successful shot making. I try, whenever possible, to take the thirty seconds necessary to show them how to form a solid, strong bridge.

If you are not sure of what a solid bridge looks like, take a look at this page on my Pool For Beginners.com site. The pictures there can show much more easily than can be explained the proper way to form a good bridge.

Funny Don’ts and Do’s With Pool Sticks

January 19th, 2011


Funny Don’ts and Do’s With Pool Sticks

By Susan Herrmann

Pool sticks were made for just that… shooting pool. And that means using pool sticks to correctly hit billiard balls on a pool table, not for javelin-throwing in the swimming pool. I have to admit that as a kid, I occasionally used my pool stick for things other than the intended use. Even though using it as a limbo stick wasn’t necessarily harmful to the stick, using it as a sword was. Take some tips from a long-time billiard player who has learned some important do’s & don’ts the hard way, and learn some important tips along the way.

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Even though you can make nice chalk designs on the ceiling, don’t. The tip of a pool stick is made of leather and is attached to the shaft of the stick with a ferrule. These are tender spots on a cue stick and should not be used to come in contact with anything other than chalk or a billiard ball. If the rounded leather tip loses its shape or is transformed into the all too common “mushroom”, your shots will be less consistent and it will severely affect your play.

I know of a pool stick that was left outside for a day or two after an exhausting duel. This is really bad. Your pool stick should be stored indoors, upright in a case. Exposure of the elements (sun & moisture) can be fatal. Both the shaft and butt of a billiard cue are made of wood and can warp. If that happens, it cannot be fixed and you may as well use it as firewood where it will serve you better.

If your cue stick is wrapped, don’t peel the wrapping like you would a Budweiser label. Wraps are put there for a reason. They give you a firm, comfortable grip on your cue stick and prevent your hand from slipping when you strike a billiard ball.

Lastly, don’t bounce your cue stick to the beat of the music (or off your competitor’s forehead). The rubber piece on the end of the butt is called a bumper. The bumper is put there to protect the cue stick when it accidentally bumps a wall or the table, or when it rests on the ground. The bumper adds to the precise weight of the billiard cue and should not become loosened. Repetitive impacts to the bumper can also cause the butt to eventually crack.

Take my advice and value your pool stick. If you do, it will perform for you every time. Don’t twirl it like a baton, use it to poke a bear, or use it to pick your nose. There are other instruments for those things. Your cue stick’s health and maintenance are vital in playing your best game.

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