Archive for July, 2009

Get the Most From Your New Billiards Table

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Get the Most From Your New Billiards Table

Get the Most From Your New Billiards Table

By Matt Jackson

Modern billiards tables can come in a wide range of different shapes, sizes, and designs and with reasonable care and attention they should last for many years to come. By choosing the best table, covering it when not in use, and cleaning the cloth and wood at regular intervals you can help ensure that your new billiard table continues to look its best and keeps offering the best playing experience possible for you, your family, and guests whenever you want a quick game.

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Choose The Right Table

Choosing the right table is the first step to a lifetime of enjoyment. There are a number of aspects to consider. While the felt and even the rails, although to a lesser extent, can be replaced if necessary in the future, the bed of the table and the actual legs and frame are considerably more expensive and more difficult to replace. For this reason, you should concentrate on finding billiard tables that use the best materials.

Slate Bed Or Non Slate Bed

Slate bed isn’t just considered the best material because of how well it plays but because it will last a lifetime. Where wood and synthetic materials can become damaged even through regular but normal use, slate will not bend, chip, splinter, or warp even following just regular use and a number of people leaning across the table to play long shots. Even liquid spillage will have a considerably less damaging effect, as it will run off the slate without warping.

Table Material

The material used for the construction of the table legs and frame is as important as the choice of bed material. A sub-standard frame will not be able to take the weight of regular use and will certainly struggle under the weight of a good 1″ thick slate bed. In contrast, the use of hardwood provides a strong and robust frame and support for the table and users as well as incredible looking designs that you can’t get in MDF or synthetic materials.

Caring For The Felt

The cloth is an important part of the billiard table and while you can pay to have a table recovered, doing so on a regular basis will mean that the cost will soon add up. To negate the need to do this, you should look after the felt as much as possible. If your table included a felt cloth then you should use this before and after playing to remove any dirt or other debris that might get caught and rip or otherwise damage the cloth.

Covering Your Table

Another method of felt care is to add an opaque pool table cover when it is not in use. The cover sits over the top of the table and prevents dust and dirt from getting in. A coloured cloth that doesn’t allow the light to get through will also prevent the felt from discolouring under bright lights.

Choosing A Billiard Table That Will Last A Lifetime

Strong slate bed tables can be used regularly and routinely for playing any form of pool or billiards. They’re strong enough to safely take the weight of a player leaning over to play long shots and they are even resilient to atmospheric changes. Damp, extreme cold and warm conditions will not have the same detrimental effect on a slate table as they would on a wooden table or a synthetic one.

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Play Better Pool With Your Own Cue Stick

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Play Better Pool With Your Own Cue Stick

By Ernie Reynolds

I’ve always been a casual pool player. Don’t get me wrong – I always play to win, but I never had much of a desire to enter tournaments or play in leagues.

As such, I never bothered to get my own pool cue for many, many years. I always just grabbed one off the rack at the bar or pool hall. I never wanted to bother with carrying a cue stick around and having to keep on eye on it so it didn’t get stolen or damaged.

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Well, it took me a long time, but I have finally seen the light. My wife bought me a new pool cue for Christmas last year, (I picked it out), and I will never be without my own cue stick again.

This conviction was reinforced last Friday when I went down to the local bar for a cold one and some pool. I didn’t have to work Friday because of the July 4th holiday, so I went down in the early aftenoon instead of later on after work as I usually do.

I had my stick in the car but I didn’t bring it in with me because I wasn’t sure if anyone would be in there to play a game with. As it turns out, I ended up playing pool for a couple solid hours – with a bar cue.

I played a couple guys that were fair shooters and I did OK, but not really up to my usual standards. I had a hard time getting comfortable with the sticks that were there and eventually tried several different ones. None of them really felt right.

Eventually I ended up leaving and going to a pool hall where I have a standing Friday night appointment with my brother to play. I took my stick in with me this time because my brother plays pretty well and I have to be at my best to win some games.

I could tell the difference in my shooting the very first game. The stick just felt comfortable in my hands and I had much more control over the cue ball and could make it dance around the table.

My consistency took a quantum leap. With the bar cue I had to really concentrate to get a good hit on the cue ball. With my own familiar cue, that just came naturally and I could pay more attention to planning out my shots and running the table.

I keep my tip nicely rounded, and this makes the shooting so much more precise than the flattened, mushy tips on the bar cues. I could get some draw on the ball again, and the weight is right, so controlling the speed of the cue ball hit was much easier.

The smooth shaft allows my stick to slide effortlessly through my bridge fingers. It’s amazing the difference in your play when there are no dents and stickiness to the shaft to ruin your feel of the stroke.

It may sound funny, but there really was the difference of night and day between playing with that bar stick and my own clean, smooth, and straight pool cue.

So take it from a late-in-life convert to owning your own pool stick – buy one, you won’t regret it. Once you get a stick that has the right weight and feels good in your hands, it just makes the game of pool all that much easier and more enjoyable.

I just wonder why it took me so long to find out.