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Pool didn’t become popular in the United States until the 19th century, and it was originally a pastime as opposed to a primary sport. It wasn’t until 1961, when the film The Hustler came out, that pool became popular again. Paul Newman’s character as a pool hustler did much to reinvigorate the game.
While it’s important to have a solid pool cue, having good pool cue chalk is no doubt just as important. Chalk lets you add friction to the cue tip, which allows you to make a shot, rather than have the cue slipping off the ball prematurely. Your pool cue tip will come in great condition to play, but over time, it will get worn down, which is why having solid chalk is key to staying on top of your game. Look for chalk that provides good adhesion, preventing you from miscueing. You also want chalk that provides consistency, so your shots don’t vary from round to round.
Here are the best cue chalks to stock up on, based on ease of application, smooth formula and of course, consistent results.
1. Felson Billiard Supplies Pool Cue Chalk Cubes
This 12-pack of chalk is great for those who have their own pool table at home or who find themselves losing theirs constantly. The rounded applicator tip makes it easy to fit any pool cue, while the chalk itself provides good friction between the cue and the ball, with consistent, even coverage.
Some users report having to grind the chalk onto the tip for it to work properly, which does result in a little more chalk dust than other brands. Even still, it does a good job of decreasing miscues.
This set gets you 12 chalk cubes in a handy storage box.
2. Master Billiard/Pool Cue Chalk Box
This cue chalk option is neither too soft nor too hard, gliding on evenly to prevent non-center miscues. We recommend chalking up after every shot, and the consistency of the chalk makes it an easy task to complete. If you’re looking for another bonus of this chalk, it comes in eight different colors, which lets you find a chalk that matches the color of your pool table (to eliminate any off-colored chalk marks or annoying dust).
This set gets you 12 chalk cubes in a storage box. Master Billiard products are made in the U.S.A.
3. Silver Cup Billiard Chalk
If you want your chalk to stand out from that of other players’, consider one of the 19 color options that SIlver Cup has to offer. Having this wide selection of colors is a bonus for at-home players, as well, as you can match the chalk color to your table’s felt to decrease the visibility of chalk marks. Plus, their chalk is designed to not flake or cake, so there’s no cleanup on your end.
This set gets you a dozen American-made chalk cubes, all packaged neatly in a storage box.
4. Predator Cue Chalk
If you’re looking for a cue chalk that will help you up your game, Predator is a great option. We found that it lasts longer on the tip than other brands, so you don’t have to worry about reapplying as often. For those who like to experiment with their shots, this chalk provides both more consistency and spin. You’ll see your fine cue control greatly increase when using this chalk too, which goes on thick and smooth.
This set gets you four individual cue chalk applicators in a storage tube. It’s the most portable option on our list, letting you tuck a single applicator or the whole tub easily into your pockets or bag, for games on the go.