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All About Pool Table Cloth Edition (8/14/12)

Howdy PoolDawgians!

A couple weeks ago, we talked all about how to take care of your pool table cloth.  We got some great response to the email, but not surprisingly, this also brought up a bunch of questions about the difference between the different brands of cloth that we sell.

Why am I telling you this?  Because this week the gratuitous sales pitch is all about pool table cloth!  We're going to look at some of the different brands we carry and what makes each of them special.  We're talking materials, speed, that sort of thing.  Our pals at Simonis even chipped in with an instruction guide on how to install Simonis cloth (although we always recommend that you have a professional do your cloth installation).

As for this week's learning goodness, Liz Ford is up and she'll be talking to you about maxing out your break.  And away we go!

 

Simonis 760 Cloth

Not that it matters, but this is the cloth I play with.  It's one of the fastest cloths on the market, so if you like fast cloth, you should definitely get some Simonis 760.  Much of the speed is related to the cloth's 70% wool and 30% nylon blend makeup.  

In addition, the cloth is worsted, so you can expect it to wear better and last longer than non-worsted cloth
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Simonis 860 Cloth

If you're looking for something a little slower, check out the Simonis 860.  This cloth is built with a 90% wool, 10% nylon blend.  The higher percentage of wool really slows the ball down which can make for a more challenging, professional style feel.  

As with Simonis 760, the 860 cloth is worsted which means longer life and more consistent play

 

Mali 820 Cloth

If you're looking for some cloth that won't break the bank, Mali is a great option.  Mali 820 is made with a 75% wool/25% nylon blend, so you'll still get some speed, but not quite as much as the Simonis 760.  Mali is a favorite for pool halls due to its price, playability and durability.

 

Mercury Ultra by Championship Cloth

Another great affordable option is Mercury Ultra cloth by Championship Billiards.  Mercury Ultra features a 75% wool/25% nylon blend.  From a playability perspective, it is a bit faster than Mali but still slower than Simonis 760. 

Another thing to consider is the popularity of the cloth with tournament directors.  In the past several years, Mercury Ultra has been used at the APA, BCAPL and VNEA national championships.

 

Liz Ford - Ba-Boom! Your Guide To A Bigger Pool Break

Your break is a chain of events that transfers momentum from one object to another.  Your body moves the cue, the cue moves the cueball, and the cueball moves the rack.  It's true that you need to generate some serious oomph from your diesel frame if you want to break like a cannon, but maintaining good habits that keep that initial power from dribbling away along the way is key.  

Here are ten things to keep in mind as you improve your break... keep reading

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