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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 pool table was an old 7-footer Valley coin-op pool table with a red cloth which was a tad darker than a fire engine. In fact, I was up all night and playing pool at 5 AM on that pool table when the 9/11 attacks happened.

    There's been some comments stating that seeing red causes one to indeed "see red". For me, I was more energized by the color red and it made my marathon sessions more enjoyable. I also thought that the red pool table cloth complemented the wood furniture in my living room.

    Today, with older eyes and an ultimate lighting arrangement (my pool table is outdoors), I think my next choice for replacement cloth will be a gray or tan color cloth 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 pool 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.

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Felt Color and Chalk Color

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