The Nashville Pool Table by Leisure Select
Since the 15th century Billiard Tables have entertained the likes of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, W.C. Fields, Bob Hope and my spunky, trick-shot-dropping grandmother. So in honor of all these awesome pool sharks (my grandmother being the best), I would like to take the opportunity to feature a truly timeless way to pass time: the Nashville Slate Pool Table by Leisure Select!
For today's post I returned to a familiar theme: a friendly competition between myself and Josh, Family Leisure's Web Developer. We decided to venture down to the show room for a friendly game of stripes and solids. Now there are many games you can play on a billiard table such as snooker, eight ball, nine ball and one pocket, but we decided upon stripes and solids because of its simplicity and easy rules: the first ball you hit in chooses if you are a stripe or solid. Let's say you initially hit in a stripe. Now, through alternating turns, you must hit all of the rest of the stripes in before your opponent hits in all of the solid billiard balls. The eight ball is the odd duck; you must not drop the eight ball until all of your stripes or solids have been pocketed. Once you bury your solids or stripes, the first to bury the eight ball wins!
I must report it was an intense game. We played on the Nashville (right), but unlike the picture, this particular table had black felt (check out some of our many Felt Colors here). And we used the European Billiard Ball Set, a beautiful set that looks like extravagant marble. Just like most of our other competitions (read previous Blogs to learn more) I won. It seems I've been dominate in sports recently; last night I kicked serious you-know-what in a friendly game of shuffleboard with my younger brother. I won't drag this out with the details of our pool game like in past blog posts, since I'm sure Josh is tired of my online gloating. So maybe I should share some useful information regarding pool tables? So here you go, courtesy of your friends here at Family Leisure, some billiards and pool table maintenance tips:
- Always store upright away from doors and heat vents.
- Clean with mild soap and a damp cloth.
- Cue tips can be repaired easily with a Cue Repair Kit.
- Gently brush the cloth as often as possible for the first three months to break in the cloth.
- Never vacuum and avoid chalking cues over the table.
- Alternate breaking and racking whenever possible.
- Never brush the cloth in a circular motion.
- Cover the table when it's not in use.
- Use professional ball cleaners; dry and polish with a clean cloth.
- Paste wax and buff will keep balls looking best.
- Never sit or lean on pockets.
- Never slide cues over the pockets.
- Examine pockets frequently to ensure nothing has loosened.
- Dust and clean the pockets often.
- Distribute balls evenly in all pockets.
- Avoid storing balls in the pockets.
Family Leisure offers an assortment of Pool Tables and Billiard Accessories, all perfect gifts for that pool shark in your family. Family Leisure even sponsors a trick-shot artist. You can view his video below:
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