It used to be that cube chalk was almost always blue. My mom knew I'd been hanging out at the local small town billiards hall by the color of my fingers. Yes, I'm Digby and I'm a girl. The days of billiards being for boys only is over. I met my husband playing pool in college in a small Vermont town. The beer was flowing, the chalk was still blue, and I won the pool bets that night. He said it was true love the first time I ran the table. Our first purchase together, long before we were married, was an antique billiard table that was too good a deal to pass up. We bought a fixer-upper house because it was big enough to show off the billiards table and we still love to play. But the cube chalk isn't always blue anymore.
Cube Chalk for a Home Billiard Room
Stock up on cube chalk for your billiard room. Use it between every shot to improve your performance and protect your equipment.
You're supposed to use cube chalk between every shot. First, it protects the tip of your cue stick. Second, it makes sure that you hit the cue ball with just the right amount of friction. Well, lets be honest, it doesn't guarantee that you'll even touch the ball, but if you do, there's a chance that you'll get just the right boost - and make the shot.
If your pool table felt is blue, then blue is a great color for your home billiard room supply. If it isn't then you should pick the color cube chalk to match your pool table as close as possible. Why? Because it will flake off your cue stick and onto the felt. I prefer that my antique billiards table doesn't look like it has dandruff!
If you've studied gymnastics, this isn't that kind of chalk. While it's hard not to get it on your fingers, it's not meant for you to chalk up and prevent sweaty palms. It can be very irritating on sensitive skin.
Masters is the oldest brand of cube chalk and generally regarded as the best. As you can see from the ebay listings to the right, it's not very expensive.
Master Chalk Cube
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Our foyer is our pool room. So when you walk in our front door you might think you've found the local pool hall. Our antique pool table is front and center. We haven't rehabbed that area yet, so it's very rustic and distressed. There are antique and vintage advertizing signs on the wall. even an antique coke machine. That really does bring me back to my early pool days. Our local pool hall was not a bar. So that us kids could go with Dad on a Saturday afternoon. Usually that was a winter treat, in the summer we'd often go fishing for the afternoon. (Life sure is varied when there's no mall to rely on for entertainment.)
In my town the pool hall was next to the barber shop. What a place for the men folk to congregate. So from time to time I spot an antique barber chair at a good price and I pick it up. It goes in our pool hall. What a great spot to lounge and watch the match!
Red or Tan Cub Chalk
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How to Use Cue Chalk
Hold the cue stick straight up on one hand. In the other hand hold the cube chalk. Just press the cube chalk gently against the tip of the pool cue. Don't rub it all around in a really hard manner. You really just want to dust the tip. This is where the coordination comes in while your just scraping the chalk back and forth, rotate the pool cue. Take look at your work. If you've missed a spot, use the edge of the cube to fix it. You've really got to do this between every shot. No excuses.