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Felt Color and Chalk Color

Felt Color and Chalk Color

I just bought a pool table and I don’t know the best option for felt color.

The felt that was on the table was a shade of red.

My dilemma is that the "house" cues that came with the table have all be chalked with red chalk. But both of my Meucci playing cues have been chalked with blue chalk. I don’t know if I should go with red or blue felt.

Is playing with blue chalk on red felt that big of an issue?

Felt Color and Chalk Color

Replies & Comments

  1. user1518380249billiardsforum on 4/17/2019 5:07:54 PM

    Green or blue is the color to go with. Most definitely NOT red. The color the house cues were chalked with is irrelevant.

    Further reading:

    A few of those articles have details on a few studies done on color and how it affects the eyes, as well as some user comments collected throughout the duration of our research.

    In terms of chalk color to match, it's a non issue. As one pool hall owner said:

    As a former room owner I can tell you that making the chalk the same color as the cloth doesn't keep it cleaner longer... it just makes it so you don't see the filth and it becomes an even bigger problem to deal with later when you finally realize you have six tons of green chalk on your cloth and you can no longer find the six ball.

    Either way, would love to hear what your end up doing and how it turns out.

  2. user1518380249raymills on 7/18/2020 3:04:28 AM

    My favorite table was an old Valley coin-op 7-footer with a red cloth a tad darker than a fire engine (I was up all night and playing at 5am when 9/11 happened). There's been some comments that seeing red causes one to indeed "see red"; for me it was more being energized by the color that made my marathon sessions more enjoyable. I also thought that red complemented the wood furniture in my living room. Today, with older eyes and a ultimate lighting arrangement (my table's outdoors), I think my next choice for replacement will be a gray or tan that might hide the telltale ball-skids that tell me the cloth is wearing. Matching the chalk's color has never been an issue for me because I've always used good "etiquette" with my cues' tips. I never store a cue on the table unless the tip is over a pocket, and I always tap a freshly-chalked tip over the floor, not the cloth. I agree that I would want colors to contrast so that I know when a surface-vacuuming is needed.

  3. user1518380249raymills on 7/18/2020 3:07:20 AM

    Please edit to "an ultimate"....

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Felt Color and Chalk Color

  • Title: Felt Color and Chalk Color
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  • Published: 4/17/2019 11:44:46 AM
  • Last Updated: 4/17/2019 5:22:52 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)