Cue sports are challenging, interesting and addictive. Like activities that force us to use hand-eye coordination and strategy, they remain one of the most popular sports ever invented.
There are several categories of cue sports with pool, pool and snooker being the best examples. While they all share basic similarities such as the use of balls and tables, they also have distinct differences. In the pool, six pockets, table sizes ranging from 7 feet to 9 feet, and a bed that must be made of slate no less than one inch thick (according to WPA regulations) are the main features.
Pool table prices range from a few hundred dollars to over $ 5,000 and beyond. It is widely believed that the more expensive the table, the better a player will perform. However, price alone is not the deciding factor and there are several attributes that need to be looked into.
A pool table bed can be made of three materials: slate, wooden slate, and slate core. Slate, as we know, is solid rock. High-end tables always use it. It does not deform even after years of use and is extremely level. Much depends on the manufacturers and the experience of the installer, however, as even the expensive slate can turn out to be below par if not made or laid properly.
With wooden slate, the tables are lightweight and easily deformed. It’s a no-no for professional play and should only be considered for use by children. You’ll get one starting at under $ 500, so when you equate price with quality you can imagine how long it will last.
The slate core, on the other hand, is a combination of concrete and wood. It’s not as brittle as wooden slate, but nowhere near what slate offers. Since it’s not heavy, you’ll find it warped after a year or two of use as the rails on the edges of the table make it heavy. The surface level will be compromised and you will not be able to keep the balls centered.
While slate is the best material for the bed, worsted wool provides the perfect upholstery. Ensures a hard and smooth surface free of naps to make the game superior. There are lower quality cloths (those with 60 percent wool) that work very well, and you don’t need to buy a worsted table if you plan on using it for casual play. Stay away from cheap felt, however, as it can’t stand the abuse of more than a few games. Choose it only if you are buying a table for the children.
The rails of a pool table should be sturdy and heavy because they have to support your weight and affect the bounce of the ball. Solid wood is the perfect choice and also boasts a unique beauty with its fine-grained patterns. It can be expensive, so only consider it if the table is to be used for everyday or professional games.
Pressed wood or engineered wood is another option. It’s not heavy or dense like solid wood, but it will serve for casual play. Note that it tends to warp and weaken if the tablecloth is replaced repeatedly. This is true even if the table bed is slate and the cloth is worsted.