You’re about to break in your new billiard table. So far, you have invested in cues and balls in addition to the table. Depending on how advanced or amateur you are, you may need a lot or you may not need much at all.
Here are some items that you will need to help your game be more effective and keep your table in good condition:
o Billiard Cloth – Also known as felt, this is what is put on top of the table to help the balls flow smoothly. The cloth used on the table should be of good quality so that the balls can have a smooth roll across the table after each shot. This makes for good accuracy in the hole while playing.
A good quality cloth will stand until the test of time. It will not be subject to scuffs, tears and other damages. Billiard players will enjoy the game more when they know that they’re playing on quality material.
o Billiard Racks – These racks are triangular and diamond shaped. They are used to rack up the balls prior to a billiard game. For the most part, the triangular shaped one is used more often. They are the ones that most people are used to seeing.
They are used for different games of pool, such as eight-ball, one pocket, bank pool, straight pool, snooker and other billiard games. Diamond racks are usually reserved for nine ball games.
o Brush – A brush is needed to maintain the condition of your pool table. It is a great accessory to a pool table and it is not costly. The best kind of brush to get is one that is manufactured from horsehair.
A billiard brush can increase longevity of the table felt. The cloth stays smooth and any chalk residue is brushed away. People that have sensitive skin may not benefit from having this type of brush. The chalk or talcum residue combined with dirt and moisture, can trigger itching hands.
o Pool Table Covers – You must have a cover to protect your investment. Pool table covers are used to protect your table from dust, moisture, humidity. A cover is imperative because it also protects your table from spills and unnecessary damage when it’s not being used.
You must get a cover that is sized right and fits correctly. In order to do that, you will have to take measurements. If you want a cover that provides durability, that’s something to consider. You don’t want a cover made from flimsy material and having to replace it sooner than you want to.
o Rail Rubbers – Rail rubbers or cushions, as they are called, are located on the sides of your playing area. They are used so that the ball can rebound off of them and not get away from the table.
There are other accessories that you can do without or that you don’t need right away. However, the ones just mentioned will help you to have a better game of billiards.