Hand Chalk Keeps The Cue Dry and the Stroke Smooth
and chalk is used in pool and billiards play to reduce the friction of the sliding motion between the bridge hand and the cue shaft.
This friction is usually caused by perspiration but could also be caused by other moisture or stickiness on the fingers.
Anything other than a smooth friction-free stroke is a distraction and a disadvantage to playing the best pool and billiards possible.
Hand chalk comes in two forms - as a solid and in powdery talc form. The cone-shaped chalk shown below is a popular style seen in many bars and pool halls. The portion of the bridge hand that contacts the cue shaft is rubbed across the cone and the chalk transfers to the hand.
Cone chalk is either placed directly on a horizontal surface or ideally, is used in conjunction with one of the cone chalk holders shown below - the basic version on the left and a more elegant in-wall version on the right.
The talc form of chalk is used at some locations, and I have seen a shaker bottle of baby powder supplied before, but what grown man wants to smell like a baby? A better solution is to use some of the billiard talc that is scent-free and designed specifically for the purpose. Billiard talc is available in a shaker bottle as shown on the left, or loose in a package like on the right.
Loose powdered talc must be used with some form of dispensing device. A wall-mounted aluminum dispenser is shown below.
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