Billiard Gloves – It’s Up to You
If your cue has a wooden shaft, if you never get sweaty hands when the pressure’s on, if you don’t have sensitive skin, if you’re not allergic to talc, or if you don’t mind getting chalk all over your bridge hand, the table, and yourself, you probably won’t be very interested in billiard gloves. But if any of these things are standing in the way of you playing a better game of pool, read on!
Fiberglass Cue Shafts
If your cue of choice has a fiberglass shaft, you might want to try a billiard glove. It will help cut down the resistance that results from any moisture or oily buildup on the shaft. If you use chalk to cut down on the resistance, you will need to use it all the time, along with a good fiberglass cleaner, which can get frustrating.
Moisture will make your hands sticky, and drag down your stroke. Since billiard gloves typically cover the thumb and first two finger, leaving the ring and pinky fingers uncovered, they can really help make that bridge hand more slippery. The gloves should fit as snugly as possible to cut down resistance. Since most of them are made of spandex and Lycra, and also come in several sizes, especially the Sir. Joseph brand, a tight fit isn’t difficult to achieve. One glove in particular comes all the way up to the wrist, with Velcro fasteners, which may help with stability.
The chalk towers provided at most pool halls and at tournaments are made of talc, a common allergen. If you are allergic to talc, or if you have sensitive skin that is easily irritated, wearing a billiard glove can be an alternative. Talc can also act as an abrasive on table felt over time.
Chalk is Messy
Many players, especially women, are unenthusiastic about getting chalk all over their bridge hand. And after the heat of the game, most of us aren’t that glad we transferred that chalk onto our faces, arms, clothing and shoes. Gloves can help.
One thing to be aware of, if you’re a lefty, is that some of these gloves are only for the right handed, though for the most part they will work well on either hand. And they are not only for beginners. If you watch the professional pool players on TV, you will see some of the pros wearing a billiard glove. So the choice is yours, but you’ll never know unless you try one. Since most of them are reasonably priced, why not give one a try?