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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Essential Shuffleboard Accessories

March 15, 2021

Having a shuffleboard table in your Phoenix game room is a great way to get friends and family to try a new game, such as Shuffleboard, that they likely don’t play very often. While the basic shuffleboard accessories make the game quite fun, it’s great if you can further accessorize your table to provide even more entertainment opportunities. That’s why Billiard Gallery recommends these top-quality shuffleboard accessories for every shuffleboard enthusiast. 1. Shuffleboard Powder One of the best ways to customize your shuffleboard to your playing style is to add shuffleboard powder. This powder can change the speed of the shuffleboard pucks as they glide along with the table. At Billiard Gallery, we recommend trying multiple types of shuffleboard powder so that you can have different game-playing experiences. Plus, you can keep your friends and family on their toes by switching things up from time to time. 2. High-Quality Shuffleboard Pucks A set of high-quality shuffleboard pucks can take your game to the next level. Good shuffleboard pucks have better weight distribution, enhanced durability, and an eye-catching appearance. As with shuffleboard powder, you can opt to purchase multiple sizes of shuffleboard pucks to customize your experience. Typically, smaller pucks work...

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How Can I Repair Pool Table Scratches?

February 11, 2021

A game of pool is a great way to spend time with friends and family in Phoenix. And one of the most important components of the game of pool is the playing surface. To ensure a fair and fun game, this surface needs to be in great condition. What happens, then, when a pool cue scratches your table’s playing surface and leaves a noticeable mark? The pros at Billiard Gallery want you to know that this unfortunate occurrence doesn’t have to mean the end of your playing days. Make Proper Preparations Before using a cue near your playing surface, it is vital that you take the time to shape it properly. After all, a rounded cue end will do a lot less damage than a sharp, unshaped end. Typically, you’ll only have to shape a cue’s tip a few times during its life. Plus, the process is easy, requiring only a piece of sandpaper or tip shaper from Billiard Gallery and some patience. Simple Water Removal If your cue’s tip is properly shaped, many scuffs left behind on the playing surface can be removed with plain water. That’s because most of the scuff that you can see is simply the...

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How Much Space Do I Need for a Pool Table?

January 5, 2021

If you’re looking for something that will provide hours of entertainment for your entire family, a pool table makes a great option. A pool table can be a statement piece in the room where it’s located, allowing you to center the room around the pool table, creating a fun environment. To ensure you can fully enjoy your pool table, it’s important to carefully measure its future home in Phoenix to make sure it’s large enough. Here’s a basic guide from Billiard Gallery to help you with these measurements. Different Sizes When choosing a pool table, you’ll quickly discover that there are different sizes available. You can find tables ranging in length from 6 to 12 feet. In general, a larger table will result in a better playing experience. Therefore, it’s important to buy the largest table that you can afford and can comfortably fit in your home. Plenty of Walking Room When sizing a room for a pool table, it’s important to remember that you need extra space beyond the dimensions of the table. In fact, at least five feet of space on all sides is recommended by Billiard Gallery for optimal playing conditions. This will easily accommodate most standard...

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Pool Table Maintenance Requirements

November 16, 2020

If you take good care of your pool table, it may last 20 years or more. Performing maintenance on a pool table isn’t hard work, but you do need to be disciplined about it. Billiard Gallery of Phoenix, AZ, sells pool table accessories, including specially designed pool table brushes. We’ve been in business since 2004. Here’s how we recommend you care for your pool table. Play Safely The first step is to take care of your pool table when you play. Don’t chalk the tip of your cue frequently, and do so away from the table. This keeps chalk dust from accumulating on the surface of the pool table. You also shouldn’t dig the tip into the felt when making shots since this can cause tears to develop. Cloth Cleaning You can buy a pool table brush or soft bristle brush to clean the cloth. You should brush away chalk and dust whenever you complete a game. Brush in one direction instead of in a circle and sweep debris into a pocket. Frame Cleaning Use a brush to clean under the rails. The rail, cabinet and legs can be cleaned with a soft dry cloth. Use a wood cleaner if...

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The Best Pool Table Accessories: 3 Must-Haves

October 18, 2020

Pool is a favorite pastime for many people, and there are some excellent accessories out now that can enhance the enjoyment of the sport, make it more convenient to play, and even make it much easier to master. What are some of the coolest must-have accessories out there right now for pool enthusiasts and casual players alike? Here are three we highly recommend. Retractable Bridge Bridges are one of those accessories you may not need very often, but when you need one, you really need one. It’s also an accessory that’s historically been under-carried by many pool players because of its somewhat inconvenient size and shape. Bridges can be found in a travel-friendly design that allows for retraction and expansion as needed. Gone are the days of having to look for and borrow that old beat-up bridge during a quick game at your friend’s or at the local pool hall. Universal Cue Extension Pool cue extensions have been around for some time. Unfortunately, the problem with these has always been that they don’t universally fit all cues nor are they universal in the amount of extra length they ultimately provide. Now, with universal pool extensions, these problems are a thing...

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What Maintenance is Needed for a Pool Table

October 12, 2020

If you take good care of your pool table, it may last 20 years or more. Performing maintenance on a pool table isn’t hard work, but you do need to be disciplined about it. Billiard Gallery of Phoenix, AZ, sells pool table accessories, including specially designed pool table brushes. We’ve been in business since 2004. Here’s how we recommend you care for your pool table. Play Safely The first step is to take care of your pool table when you play. Don’t chalk the tip of your cue frequently, and do so away from the table. This keeps chalk dust from accumulating on the surface of the pool table. You also shouldn’t dig the tip into the felt when making shots since this can cause tears to develop. Cloth Cleaning You can buy a pool table brush or soft bristle brush to clean the cloth. You should brush away chalk and dust whenever you complete a game. Brush in one direction instead of in a circle and sweep debris into a pocket. Frame Cleaning Use a brush to clean under the rails. The rail, cabinet and legs can be cleaned with a soft dry cloth. Use a wood cleaner if...

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How Do You Clean a Poker Table?

September 23, 2020

A felt-covered poker table can get dirty as accidents happen. There are ways to properly clean its surface without damaging the felt. Read on to learn more about poker table cleaning. Crumbs and Dirt People often eat while playing poker. This inevitably results in crumbs getting on your poker table. Dust and dirt can also accumulate. You can wipe these off with your hand or use a hand vacuum. You can also use a soft towel, toothbrush, or microfiber cloth to get it clean. Whichever method you use, don’t scrub too hard. Felt can be easily damaged by rough treatment. Just use light strokes in one direction. Spill Cleanup If someone’s spilled their drink during a game of poker, it should be dealt with immediately. Soak the spill up with a dry cloth. You should lay the cloth on the spill and let it soak up the liquid. Don’t press the towel as doing so will spread the liquid, making an even bigger mess. Lift the cloth after a few minutes. If the spill is still there, dab at it instead of pressing. How to Handle Stains Stains can be cleaned, even if you don’t know what caused one. You...

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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Game of Pool

August 16, 2020

Some form of pool has been played since the 1340s. While a lot of people play pool, there are some things about the game that a lot of people don’t know. Here are a few of these hidden gems. Pool Cues Pool cues are made using trees expressly grown for just that purpose. While most people just play with a single pool cue, professional pool players have three in their arsenal. The break cue is used to start the game, the jump cue is for making jump shots and the playing cue is used for all other shots. It Started as an Outside Game The game of pool started outdoors and was similar to croquet. It was so popular of a game that people wanted to play it in the winter, not just when it was nice outside. It eventually became exclusively an indoor game, with the green felt on the pool table representing a lawn. It Was Considered a Sin The Catholic Church denounced playing pool as a sin in the 1500s. It was banned in France for many years. It was also banned in several U.S. states for a number of years. Despite this, Thomas Jefferson owned a...

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The History of Poker

July 16, 2020

The origins of poker are a bit unclear. What is pretty clear, though, is that people young and old, for fun or for profit, now play poker across the United States. Here’s how the modern-day game of poker came to be. French Parlor Game Poque You can find the beginnings of poker in a game called As-Nas that was played centuries ago. It had a deck of 20 cards with five ranks. Each player got five cards and it involved bluffing. People in France played a similar game called Poque. This game became popular in New Orleans due to French traders and sailors. Like As-Nas, Poque was also played with a 20-card deck. Modern Day Poker In the mid-1800s, the modern 52-card deck was created. Poque evolved into what we know as poker. It’s a five-card game where a player wins by either having the best hand or bluffing that they do. During the American Civil War, soldiers on both sides of the conflict played poker when they wanted to pass the time. The surviving soldiers spread poker throughout the United States. Billiard Galaxy of Phoenix, AZ, sells poker tables. No game room can be considered complete unless it has...

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