Billiards Accessories

Written by Tadashi Moody
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Pool is a very simple game. It really requires only a proper table, balls, and cue sticks. But several accessories add to the enjoyment of the game and can improve a player's skills as well. Any owner of a billiards table, or any regular player of the game, will want to invest in a few of these billiards accessories

Billiard Accessories Can Enhance Your Game

First of all, any proper pool player is going to need good chalk which is necessary for preventing miscues, especially when using english (hitting the cue ball off center). And since a tight rack is essential for a good break, a good ball rack made of stiff plastic or hardwood is essential as well. Though not often used, a bridge or crutch is also important for those hard to reach shots.

For any player with their own cue, proper maintenance will ensure both your good play and a long life for your cue. Since the tip is the most important component of a cue, a player should pay close attention to it. A tip sander will keep your tip in the proper shape and texture so that it will hold chalk and hit well. Having a reserve of tips will allow you to replace it when it's worn out. Replacement screw-on ferrules allow for replacement of some cracked ferrules at home.

A whole library of books and videos exists which will help develop a player's skills. Considered the "bible" of cue games, Byrne's Standard Book of Pool and Billiards, as a good place to start for any novice and a great resource for even advanced players. Some players prefer gloves or talc to keep their bridge hand smooth while playing. And finally, there is a wide array of stools, clocks, art, and other accessories that will add that special touch to your billiard room.


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