> The BCA rules state that the 1 ball is on the pink spot, and the 9
> ball is in the middle, all other balls are racked random ?
> Does anyone not follow these racking rules ???
I saw people racking in this fashion:
2 9 4
repeatedly. I also saw
1 and 1
5 6 2 3
2 9 3 4 9 5
7 8 6 7
> Also, is getting chalk on your rail cloth or bed cloth some kind of
> disaster ??
It changes the properties of the cloth. It also contributes
to cloth's wear considerably.
> My local table salesman was quite concerned that I place the chalk on
> the rails - ie. I dont have a*** chalk holder.
Chalk on the table is inevitable. However, there is no much
sense in helping it get there.
> The chalk has got a paper covering - so not much if any chalk ever
> gets on the cloth ??
Actually much more than many tend to think. The main path for
chalk onto the cloth is from the cue tip into the air at the
moment of the shot and then down, and from the tip onto the cue
ball surface and then by rubbing off when the cue ball is
When a piece of chalk is sitting on the rail, there is always
some loose chalk in the hole. Sometimes more than on the tip
of the cue stick. Drop that piece of chalk onto the playing
surface and you spill that loose chalk onto the cloth.
> Whats the big deal ??
Chalk helps gripping the cue tip. If you have chalk on/in the
cloth, the balls grip the cloth harder, slide less. Besides,
chalk is abrasive. Any time a ball runs on the fabric, the
chalk particles will move in the fibres and cut some of them.
That's what causes the cloth to wear. More chalk - more wear.
Clean the cloth periodically and that should keep it healthier.
And listen to your table mechanic :-)