The debate continues to rage about whether you should install and play on fast or slow pool cloth. Pool table cloth makes an appreciable difference to the game for most players.
Personally, I train usually on slow pool cloth so I can be ready for competition on fast pool cloth. But the fast pool cloth is covering the world! Enough already with putting the fast (and often, cheap!) pool cloth on every table in sight, room owners... why all the fast cloth?
Which Pool Cloth Is Better For Your Game?
You need extra stroke to keep the cue ball rolling a long distance on slow "felt". But I find you need extra pain reliever for all the headaches on the fast stuff! Too fast, and like fast golf putting surfaces, the game becomes not fun and you feel you need special equipment to compensate. The room owners are just being cheap. And the pool on TV isn't helping at all.
Watching the pros struggle on fast cloth doesn't make me feel any better about playing on it. To add to the pain, as room owners neglect pool cloth maintenance, the cloth wears away, becoming slicker and even faster than before. Ouch. Why not go all the way, cheapskates, and take all the cloth of the table? We can just play on pure slate instead. Better yet, we can roller skate on your table slate...
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Billiards photo courtesy of Getty Images, who proudly display the pool cloth beneath Jeanette Lee for all to see