1. Pool cue chalk is important in the game
Pool cue chalk for billiards is used to prevent a slip when pool cue hits cue ball. It is a chunk of powder.
The development of the chalk prevents a slip and allows the transverse rotation of the ball.
When the chalk is worn out, powder on the tip of a cue falls on the billiard table more, so cleaning becomes troublesome. Players don’t apply the powder to the tip equally, which is a cause of this mistake.
A method to manufacture pool cue chalk includes a step of forming one among four pieces into an existing chalk shape and forming the other three pieces into a smaller shape.
2. Make uniform cue chalk
When playing billiards, I often smear some powder on the surface, commonly known as cue chalk. This helps me prevent the surface from slipping when shots. There are also skills in using pool cue chalk, listen to me patiently:
Don’t make it too thick or too little when playing with chalk, but evenly. Why? If the cue chalk is too thick, when the shot comes, there will be too much stickiness. This allows cue ball will not be hit rightly or the ball rotation is not strong.
Don’t just play in the middle of the tip when making chalk, it will make a hole in the pool cue chalk, the use of powder is not good, and cause unnecessary waste. The cue chalk is mainly used to equally apply to the tip.
The correct way to use cue chalk is to always polish it downward so that the surface will not only be uniform, but the life of pool cue chalk will be longer.
There are two main points to remember when making chalk, one is the right amount, and the other is not to drill holes.
If the chalk is made very thick, the surface and the cue ball will have greater stickiness when they come into contact. Then the shot will not be brittle and the rotation force will be reduced.
Many friends like to sharpen the pool cue chalk in the middle when they are using cue chalk. This will often sharpen the cue chalk into a hole. This will not only reduce the utilization of cue chalk but also greatly reduce the life of the cue.
So how do I use cue chalk without drilling holes? We should gently scrape the cue chalk along the diagonal of chalk so that the cue chalk covers the entire tip as evenly as possible without sticking to the copper base and the shaft. It is important to avoid the cue chalk from hitting the cue head.
3. Classification and use of chalk
At present, there are two types of cue chalk for playing billiards.
One is light green, “powder chalk”, which is loose, and more powders fall off when rubbing.
The other is blue. It is not easy for the powder to drop when rubbing, and keeps longer on the surface of the tip. We call this kind of powder “oily chalk”. Although it is oily, there is no oil inside. The two types of powder are made of powder and glue.
The pool cue chalk is to prevent the slider. However, the effects of the two types of powder on the surface are not the same. Rubbing the powder on the surface is more likely to exert force and focus easily, so it is suitable for playing balls without strong rotation.
Oily chalk can make skin contact with the ball for a longer time, which is suitable for spinning balls, but the effect is not as good as powder chalk. Everyone can choose chalk according to their characteristics.
Because the powder chalk is easy to drop, and it is usually reapplied every shot, the amount that we use is large, so the billiard hall generally prepares the oily chalk.
However, oily chalk has a lot of gelatin. The glue will penetrate through the tip to the cue head, which will easily make the cue head deformed, but it will not take a day or two to deform. Usually, pay attention to maintenance, it will not have much impact.
So, everyone chooses the right cue chalk according to their needs.
Besides, I remind everyone that when playing in the billiard hall, use the cue chalk and put the open side up. Otherwise, it is easy to drop the powder on the pool table and increase the cost of cleaning the billiard hall.
4. Choosing cue chalk needs to consider billiard cloth
Snooker tables are usually green table cloth. Most of the snooker players choose green cue chalk. Some pool tables use a blue table cloth. So, many billiard players also use blue cue chalk.
The entertaining pool table is also available in red, black and even orange tablecloths. I believe everyone has seen these tablecloths.
The reason is simple because, in the process of playing, chalk will often hit the table mud. If the colors are too different, it is easy to soil the table, it does not look beautiful, and it is difficult to clean up, so try to use similar colors.
Chalk, if you use the red powder chalk to play billiards, the referee or the scorer will be busy. After all, billiards is a gentleman sport, and it is not charming for the referee or the scorer to wipe the table.
As for the difference between oily chalk and powder chalk, oily chalk seems to play more evenly than powder chalk, especially in the hard surface. Sometimes I feel that powder chalk will not be able to play on a hard surface. It is not easy to hit evenly.
Some players also said that oily chalk has more friction than powder chalk and it is easier to play strong spins.
I don’t feel anything special about this problem. I think it’s about the same. You have to use chalk once. It is enough for me 3 or 4 in one shot. Using cue chalk can make the shoot more comfortable.
5. Take advantage of it
The action of rubbing powder chalk, in addition to increasing friction between surface and ball, also plays a very important psychological role. It allows us to calm down the mood, adjust the rhythm, focus, and even deterrence opponent in the game.
The most important thing it does for you is to make yourself feel like you are the coolest 🙂