If you already have a pool cue, what other pool cue accessories do you need? I think not only rubber bumpers, cue tip, and Delrin joint protector but also 3 finger gloves, cue chalk, cue case, shaft slicker cloth cleaner tool and tip tapper are necessary.
1.One of pool cue accessories – 3 finger gloves
I prefer to wear only one glove (because my hands are sweaty when I am excited). Wearing on the right or left hand depends on you are right-handed or left-handed.
However, gloves should fit your hand nicely. Allowing the cue stick to glide smoothly while easily maintaining control is also important.
Two pairs of 3 finger gloves are must-have billiards equipment for a pool player who frequently enters different ball rooms where sometimes cue chalk may be unavailable.
Delivering the cue is confusing. We want to minimize the friction between the cue and the bridge while we need this friction to confirm the comfortable feel (emphasize the firmness of the bridge by pressing the forefinger into the cloth).
So, if the weather is humid or your hands are sweaty, I think you will get more than your money’s worth on this front.
2.One of pool cue accessories – cue chalk
Its main components are calcium carbonate (limestone) and calcium sulfate (gypsum), or a little calcium oxide. Cue chalk coats the cue tips to increase the friction between the cue and the ball.
This will enhance the spin of the ball and avoids miscues. That’s when cue chalk comes in handy.
Now the most common pool table chalk for playing billiards is divided into two categories. One is light green which is relative scattered and there is more powder falling off when rubbing. We call this kind of cue chalk “powder chalk”.
The other is blue. It is not easy to drop the powder when rubbing and it is also longer when the cue head is stuck. We call this kind of pool chalk “oily chalk”.
Although it is oily, there is no oil inside. Both of them are made of powder and glue, but the “oily chalk” has much more glue.
We can prevent the slider with the help of cue chalk. But two kinds of cue chalk affect the tip differently. Using powder lets you force easily. It is suitable for players to play ball without strong rotation.
Oily chalk can make the tip to be more suitable for playing the rotating ball. However, if it is forceful, it is not as good as the “powder chalk”. Everyone can choose them according to their own delivery characteristics.
Because it is very easy for the powder chalk to drop powder. Generally, every time you hit a shot, you have to re-smear it once and the amount that you smear is much. Therefore, the billiard hall offers players “oil chalk” generally.
However, because “oily chalk” obtains more gelatin, the glue will penetrate the head through the tip. This will easily deform the cue head. Deformation isn’t a matter in a twinkle, it is a long-term thing.
So, u can choose your favorite pool chalk. It isn’t an important thing. Follow your heart.
3.One of pool cue accessories – cue case
The main function of the pool cue case is to effectively store pool cue and the cue doesn’t deform in the cue case. Storage should be intact.
The cue case is made of natural wood. A good pool cue case is hand-made and will not be painted in order to ensure smooth. We should keep it away from water and dryness, especially in pubs with pool tables.
Even the best wood can’t withstand moisture and dryness. So, it’s important for a good cue case to keep moisture and anti-drying.
Removing dirt and oil from your cue shaft is necessary. Slip the shaft slicker over the cue shaft and wipe it up and down. Polish your shaft for smooth comfortable delivery.
Your cue should place in the cue case or pool stick bag tightly and it should not be shaken. Once it shakes, it is easy to damage the cue shaft during the carrying process.
A good pool cue case should be made of hard and lightweight materials, which even bear the weight of one person. Of course, aluminum alloys are expensive, so we can choose rigid plastic or wood materials.
4.One of the accessories – shaft slicker cloth cleaner tool
If pool cues are dirty, what we should select to clean? Selecting 75% alcohol or 99% anhydrous alcohol?
Some people say that 75% of alcohol contains water, which deforms the cue easily. Another 99% anhydrous alcohol is not good, because it will make your cue yellow.
Which ratio of alcohol is better? There is no matter how much alcohol concentration is, I prefer to avoid using it. Alcohol will take away the moisture in the shaft. Over time, the wood of your shaft will change.
The most common method is to wipe it with a very soft towel. After wiping it clean, wipe it off with a completely dry towel and remove the water.
Apply oil onto cue with a paper towel, leave overnight to soak in, buff cue with a clean paper towel until smooth and dry until no residue is visible on a clean cloth. If you don’t mind if the color gets darker, it’s okay to wipe it with a dry cloth.
In addition, it is also wrong for some people to use toothpaste when cleaning the cue. Generally, the toothpaste contains fine particles, which will scratch cue and cause invisible damage to your cue.
5.One of accessories – tapper/ scuffer/ trimmer/aerator
To get a better shot each time, u may need a tip tapper/scuffer/trimmer/aerator. They are often several in one and these tools should easily fit in your pocket.
Shaping the cue tip then it will hold chalk better and help to avoid miscues. Tapper side of the bowtie is to simply roughen up the surface of the tip so cue chalk will adhere to the tip.
Aerator’s feature is to slightly break up the surface of the tip when it is new or it has been compressed after using for a while, so it will hold more chalk.