Pool Table Accessories

Accessories for your Pool Table

When purchasing a pool table, there are many different accessory items to compliment your new piece of game room furniture. Some of these accessories are optional and can enhance your game room, but a few of them are mandatory items that you must have to play the game of pool. The next few paragraphs will discuss these billiard room essentials that will get you off and running.

The Basics Accessories

 

Once your new pool table is set up and leveled, it’s time to start shooting pool. The fundamental pieces you will need for the game consist of a regulation set of pool balls, at least one pool stick also known as a cue, a triangle to rack the balls with and a piece of chalk for the leather tip of the cue.

Pool Balls

 

A set of regulation pool balls consist of fifteen numbered balls 1 through 15 with 7 solids and 7 stripes and a black 8 ball and one white cue ball, all of which are 2 and a ¼ inch in diameter. This set of balls can be used to play most pool games including 8 ball, 9 ball, straight pool, one pocket, rotation, and banks. Sometimes using all the balls and sometimes only certain balls are required for particular games.

Some of your more basic quality pool ball sets are manufactured with polyester, acrylic, and nylon composites. These balls are sufficient for family fun, social play, and for the less serious pool shooters and will not cost usually over 100 dollars per set.

An upgraded higher quality pool ball set will be made in Belgium and designed out of phenolic resins. These balls are precision balanced and very dense or hard with better tolerances for spin and accuracy, making them the preferred set for more serious pool players and upper scale game rooms. Phenolic resin balls with usually price between 200 and 400 dollars per set.

Pool Cues

 

Pool cues are the instrument that pool players strike the cue ball with to execute a shot in the game of pool, thus making the pool cue as important a tool as a golf club in the sport of golf. Cues are typically about 58 inches in length but are also designed in shorter forms for younger children and for tight spots in the room that may have an obstruction like a corner or a pole in the way.

Traditionally, cues are made out of maple wood and sometimes have in-laid veneers of various designs, making particular cues very artistic as well as functional. Some cues are also designed from fiberglass or graphite, providing a slightly different feel for discerning players to consider. Pool cues can be a single piece “house” cue or a two-pieced travelling style cue that usually has a more custom design. Prices for pool cues can range from about 20 dollars upwards into the many hundreds of dollars for custom hand made cues.

Triangles & Chalk

 

Finally, in order to rack the balls into position at the headspot of the table for the break shot, a triangle will be required to form the balls into shape. Triangles are made of either a plastic version priced usually between 15 and 40 dollars, or a solid wood triangle that might have the same matching finish as the pool table itself for between 40 & 80 dollars. Either version will be sufficient to rack the balls with, however the better wooden triangles will usually have heavier corners that are more durable and typically offer a tighter more effective rack for the breaker.

The last piece of required accessory for shooting pool is the chalk. A small cube of billiard chalk is a simple inexpensive item that is crucial for softening and layering upon the leather tip of the pool cue to avoid miscues. This offers a solid hit and transfer of energy from the cue stick to the cue ball, making it a very important element of the game for the player who wishes to have the best percentage of executing a proper pool shot. A box of pool chalk usually costs about 5 dollars and can last weeks or months before they wear down and need to be replaced.

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