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Is Teflon Coated Felt Worth It?

Is Teflon Coated Felt Worth It?

Is Teflon-coated pool table cloth worth the money?

We are currently purchasing a home, and much to my surprise, my girlfriend asked if we should turn one our living spaces into a billiard area. "Hell yeah" was my juvenile response.

We just (meaning yesterday) put money down on a Olhausen pool table. It's one of the entry-level models for $2000, and another $400 more for accessories, delivery, and set-up. With a $200 price mark up, Brunswick Centennial cloth is one of the options. It is a teflon-coated cloth with a higher thread count.

I was reading in a popular billiard book "99 critical shots in pool" or something like this, which stated that plain felt was the surface of choice due to the fact that normal wear will provide the stopping power grip in challenging shots that need English and such.

Is this type of felt tantamount to playing on glass or will it be a superb fast playing surface worth the $200 install.

I was hoping to hear some feedback on a field I know nothing about.

Thanks for any assistance.

Is Teflon Coated Felt Worth It?

Replies & Comments

  1. SuprcontraTXbilliardsforum on 6/17/2007 7:47:24 PM

    I've heard that Teflon billiard table felt has superior roll, and of course, better durability, yet have also heard it called a gimmick. I'm not sure if I'd base my decision on the stopping power of traditional pool table felt - because basically you'll develop a dependence on it for certain shots. Its probably better to learn how to perform them properly without the aide of a certain type of cloth.

    I've also read that Teflon dipped cloth makes the balls skid. Brunswick markets the Teflon cloth upgrade as a stain and spill protector. Can you ask to try-before-you-buy?

    Hope this helps a little.

  2. SuprcontraTXGinger on 6/17/2007 7:53:51 PM

    Sure Teflon pool cloth is great for spills but seriously, if you are investing in a nice pool table like the one you mentioned, how likely are you to have people eating and drinking right at or over the table? If you are looking to improve your game overall, as well as your ability to play on numerous different tables, I don't think the Teflon felt is the way to go. When you think about it, there have been other gimmicks that have come and gone. The one that has the longest presence is the standard billiard cloth.

    Yes, the Teflon coated billiard felt will add to the speed, but as @billiardsforum pointed out, it will cause excessive skidding. Take it from me, I've actually played on it. Basically, it results in poor cue ball control. I have not seen this stuff in any tournaments as of yet either. There has to be a good reason for that.

    Congratulations on your new table, and home billiard room, by the way! (you lucky dog!)

  3. SuprcontraTXdartman on 8/30/2007 3:49:37 AM

    Teflon treated cloth is inexpensive and good if the kids are crawling on the table or if you have a lot of drinkers playing. Worsted cloth such as Simonis has a tighter weave then standard woolens which makes Simonis naturally stain and spill resistant with no need for teflon. Championship Tour Edition works the same. Brunswick Centennial cloth is Tour Edition with Teflon and high priced thanks to the name. Whether you use a worsted cloth or if the cloth has Teflon you still need to get to spills quickly because if the spill sits too long it will seep into the fibers and stain the cloth.

  4. SuprcontraTXuser1636612379 on 11/10/2021 10:32:59 PM

    Can anybody please tell me what brands of pool felt or cloth do NOT have the Teflon coating?

  5. SuprcontraTXRayMills on 11/11/2021 4:14:22 AM

    So you're trying to avoid cloth with the coating?

    I searched for "Teflon Billiard Cloth" on YouTube and eBay, and didn't really get a direct hit. It appears that it isn't a big-demand feature, so every listing or advertisement for cloth that you will come across that doesn't immediately specify Teflon will not likely have it.

    eBay's examples didn't tout any benefits to Teflon other than moisture resistance, etc. They did mention that it's a 20-ounce cloth.

  6. SuprcontraTXBallBuster on 12/4/2022 10:01:09 AM

    Teflon is POISON.

    Don't get anything having it as an ingredient.

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Is Teflon Coated Felt Worth It?

  • Title: Is Teflon Coated Felt Worth It?
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  • Published: 6/17/2007 4:34:20 PM
  • Last Updated: 11/12/2021 4:02:46 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)