Basic Pool Table Maintenance Tips

January 10, 2022

If you take care of your pool table, it will last longer and make playing games on it more fun. Pool tables are expensive, so taking care of yours is a perfect idea. Felt Care The felt on the table is the most important thing to take care of. It’s also the most easily damaged, both during play and otherwise. Keep the felt free of dust and make sure everyone chalks their cues away from the table. Damaged felt interferes with play and is unsightly. Brush the felt in one direction toward the pockets. The brush should be either nylon or horse bristle, as they are gentle and won’t damage the felt. Use a large brush so you get the job done faster. Brush the table after every 10 hours of play or at least once a week. If you don’t cover your table when not in use, you may need to brush it more frequently. Vacuuming You can vacuum your pool table but use one that has a low power setting. Vacuuming can remove stubborn chalk, dust, pet hair and other debris. Use the brush attachment so you don’t damage the felt. Only use a vacuum on your pool...

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New Pool Tables Games for Your Holiday Guests

December 20, 2021

While pool tables are typically used to play eight-ball, they can have unlimited uses during the holiday season. When thinking of entertainment options for your holiday get-togethers, consider these fun activities that can make your pool table the star of the show. Themed Eight-Ball Every level of pool player can play this traditional singles or doubles game. Red, green or gold felt can be cut and laid out on the pool table to add holiday flare. The billiard balls can be painted with temporary, washable paint to look like ornaments or other holiday figures. This classic pool game can be easily themed to match the holiday with some safe paint and swaths of felt. White Elephant Add more incentive to any active pool game by having players win gifts. Assemble up to six piles of White Elephant gifts and label each pool table pocket with a number that corresponds to the gifts. Players will need to get the ball into a certain pocket to pick a gift from that pile. White Elephant gifts can have a variety of value and be as practical as headphones or as funny as an empty box. Kelly Pool This pool game is great for...

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Is It Pool or Billiards?

November 18, 2021

Certainly, a question for the ages, are pool and billiards the same thing? No doubt this has been debated over many a bar argument, but the quick answer actually is no. Instead, pool and billiards refer to different games. Let’s explore why pool and billiards aren’t the same. The Games Technically, the term billiards includes pool as one of the games, but billiards is far more than just pool. Billiards games are separated into carom billiards and pocket billiards. Further, pocket billiards is divided into pool, snooker, and English billiards. Therefore, billiards can be considered the term for all games that are played with a cue stick and cue ball. So, pool is actually a subcategory of billiard games, also known as cue games. The Tables Billiard games are played on different types of tables differing in size, color, and number of pockets. While a pool table is usually about seven to nine feet long, other billiard tables can be larger, perhaps up to 10 or 12 feet. A billiard table can have up to four or six pocket cushions. Meanwhile, a pool table is taller than other tables, and its surface is generally colored to differentiate it from other...

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Cue Tip Hardness and How It Affects Your Game

October 20, 2021

Whether you play competitively or just for fun, pool can be both a challenging and thoroughly enjoyable pastime. Still, if you want to take your game to the next level then it’s important to arm yourself with the right pool cue. This means understanding the differences between soft and hard cue tips in order to choose the best one for your particular playing style. Choosing the Right Pool Cue Tip When shopping for pool cue tips, the main factor you’ll need to consider is hardness. Choosing between soft, medium and hard tips mostly comes down to your personal preference, but it’s still important to know what the differences between them are. How Tip Hardness Affects Your Shot Soft tips absorb or cushion more of the impact when your tip strikes the ball. One major advantage of this is that it allows you to put more spin on the shot whenever you strike the ball off the center. Essentially, the softer the cue tip is the more feel and spin control you’ll have. One major drawback to softer cue tips is that they do tend to get misshapen more easily and wear out more quickly. This means that they usually require...

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Tips To Improve Your Shuffleboard Game

September 14, 2021

Shuffleboard is becoming an increasingly popular tabletop game at parties or casual hangouts. While the basic mechanics of the game are fairly straightforward, you want to be at your A-game when the next shot is the tiebreaker. Here are a few techniques to help improve your shuffleboard game. Work the Angles Similar to billiards, shuffleboard is a game of angles. You need to determine where best to shoot from and how much weight to give in order to leverage those angles. For example, some shots may look impossible to hit, such as if your opponent’s weight is guarded by another one of their weights. By picking the correct angle on your next shot and banking it off the side of the table, it’s possible to knock your opponent’s weights out of the way. Pick Up New Shooting Strategies Playing the same trick shots, again and again, makes your play style predictable, and it’s something that your opponents can take advantage of. If you’re playing a casual game of shuffleboard, that’s completely fine. But, if you’re playing a competitive match, having multiple shooting techniques will make you a more well-rounded player. Techniques that you can learn include spin or the Old...

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5 Choices to Make to Get Your Hands on the Perfect Pool Table

August 10, 2021

Though it began in France centuries ago, the game of Billiards, or “pool”, has since become a family favorite. Because pool tables range so much in price, it’s important to know what you really want out of a pool table before you invest in one. Five of the biggest factors to consider when choosing the perfect pool table are outlined below. 1. Slate Is the Best Option For the smoothest experience and best accuracy, choosing a pool table with slate is the way to go. Alternatives like plywood, slatex, and fiberboard simply don’t deliver the best results. 2. A Good Frame Makes a Good Table A truly good pool table is dependent on the wood frame. With excellent pool tables, you can expect to find that the slate has been framed with wood glued to the bottom, along with cross beams for additional sturdiness. 3. Strong Legs Are Imperative Along with a sturdy frame must come strong legs that can not only hold the weight of the structure itself but can also support the added weight of players taking shots or leaning on the table. Of the two types of legs, post or perfect legs, although typically more expensive, are...

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We’re the Best Pool Table Movers in Phoenix, Here’s Why

July 26, 2021

You might think that you could just have the movers that you hire to move your furniture move your pool table. Less experienced movers may try to move your table simply by lifting it, but you cannot move a billiards table the same as a kitchen table. Billiard Gallery offers moving services in addition to pool table service and repair, and here are five reasons why Phoenix residents should choose us to move their pool tables. 1. We Work on Your Schedule You phone or email us to schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you. We travel to your home or business at the appointed time to disassemble your pool table, and we immediately move it to your new location. 2. We Take Great Care With Your Pool Table We start by carefully removing the table bolts and unfastening the pool table’s pockets. We unfasten the felt so that it won’t become marred during the move. We load all the small parts into an enclosed box. The next step is to mark the slate for proper replacement, and then, we remove the slate screws and leg bolts. Once the table is completely disassembled, we load all the parts carefully into...

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What Accessories Do I Need For A Pool Table?

June 14, 2021

Owning a pool table is a major investment. Besides the table itself, there are several accessories you need to have. The accessories help you play the game and keep your table clean. Pool Cues You need pool cues to play the game. They’re traditionally made of wood. However, you can now choose pool cues made of carbon fiber, graphite and fiberglass. You can choose from different lengths and weights. Pool Balls You also need balls to play pool. There are 15 numbered balls and a white one. While usually the numbered balls are split into stripes and solids in the United States, other colors are used around the world. They’re made of plastic, polyester, acrylics and resins. Bridge Sticks When playing pool, it sometimes happens you can’t hit the white ball without lying on the table. On such occasions, you can use a bridge stick. You place the bridge stick on the table behind the white ball, place your cue in it, and hit the ball. Billiard Galleries in Phoenix, AZ, sells pool accessories. When you buy a new pool table through us, you get a free accessory kit and a choice of felt colors. Rack You need a rack...

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How To Clean Pool Table Felt

May 13, 2021

Pool tables are an expensive investment, so you want to take good care of them. It’s important to know how to clean the felt so you don’t accidentally damage it. If you clean the felt in the right way, your pool table can last for many years. Clean With a Brush You should buy a brush that’s specifically designed for felt. They have very soft bristles, so they don’t harm the table. Move dirt from the interior of the table to its outer ends. Use light strokes; make sure you never use circular ones. Once the dirt is piled up on the ends, vacuum it up. Billiard Gallery of Phoenix, AZ, sells pool table accessories like felt brushes. We can help you keep your pool table looking its absolute best. Vacuum the Table You’ll now need to use the vacuum on the entire felt surface. Use a low-power one, as powerful vacuums will harm the felt. You can use an attachment to make the job easier. However, you should go slowly so you get as much dirt removed as possible. Gently Remove Spills If someone spilled a drink on your pool table, you need to be gentle when dealing with...

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Billiard Tips for Beginners

April 5, 2021

Almost everyone starts out playing pool poorly. It takes time to master the game, but there are a few tips you should know at the outset. If you do, your play will improve more rapidly and your skills will quickly increase. It’s important to get the basics right from the beginning so you don’t have to waste time later unlearning bad habits. Aim Properly You need to learn the relationship between the cue ball, the object ball, and the point of contact. The cue ball is the white ball, the object ball is the one you want to hit and the point of contact is where you should strike the object ball to make it go where you want. It helps to imagine a straight line from the object ball to the pocket you want it to go into. Ghost Ball Imagining there’s a ghost ball can help. Visualize a ghost ball actually sitting in the position where the cue ball needs to be as it strikes the object ball. You then simply shoot the cue ball to that position. If you’ve calculated properly, it will strike the object ball at the precise angle to send it into the pocket....

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