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Me and my other half used to play a lot of pool together especially when we were childless and spent a lot of times in pubs. This became a hobby of ours and we would often end up booking a pool table at the local pool hall to have a few games most evenings off.
We both have our our pool cues and inside the cases for these we both have a cube of this Triangle chalk. It really is a must have when playing pool or indeed snooker. We found that most nights that pool hall would be so busy with people and there were never enough of these chalks to go around so for the price of around £1- £1.50 pence from our local Sports and Model shop we both treated ourselves to a cube.
The cube itself is around an inch in height and width and really does last for ages as a few rubs on the tip of the cue goes a long way to making sure that you are chalked up and your cue won't slip off the balls.
The green chalk is the most popular though I have seen blue stuff which I have never found to be as good as I do believe it is a cheaper alternative to this Triangle make.
The little cube of chalk comes with a paper casing around the sides so that you don't get too much all over your fingers and get into a mess but you can guarantee that I will usually end up with a spot of this green stuff somewhere on me (usually my face for some reason).
The cube comes with a slight indentation in the centre of it allowing for easier application to the tip of the cue. Like I said a little goes a long way and unless we both loose our cubes of chalk I can't see us needing to buy any for many years to come. Of course now that we play less we are in fact using less of the chalk too.
All in all I can't find a fault with this brand name pool players chalk. It is a small price to pay for something that works well at making sure your cue has good solid contact with the pool balls and therefore will aid the game itself. It is a top rating product and I am happy to award a top score of 5o out of 5 stars and a high recommendation. If you are going to be playing pool then this is a real must buy.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Almost as important as the cue itself, a good player knows that his chalk always needs to be close to hand. Especially if he is to have any degree of success. You may think that the selection of such a small, non-descript object would be a simple process. Not so, to ensure an even coating on the cue tip means that the chalk has to have a good, solid texture. Too soft and it will just crumble, too hard and you'll damage your tip.
Thankfully Triangle Chalk avoids both of these issues and in all the years I have played snooker and pool, this brand is my preferred. Triangle has a 75 year reputation for producing good quality chalk which is something to give both amateur and professional comfort. You can purchase a box of 12 for a little over £2.00. And the benefit of buying them in bulk is that when you inevitably misplace one, you'll have plenty to go round.
I'm sure we've all seen them on TV, but they come out around an inch cubed and are available in red, blue or the more traditional green colours. The top comes with an inverted dimple which means it won't slip on first use. This will wear down with use and get larger so you should try to change the way you use your chalk to increase it's longevity. Over time the paper surrounding the chalk will fade and fall away, but this will in no way affect the performance of the chalk. Time doesn't affect the chalk itself as it will not fade or flake away ensuring that many years down the line you'll still be able to coat your cue tip in a nice, smooth coating.
Chalk is a very important thing when it come to pool of snooker! Without it, you will play appallingly. I tend to buy triangle chalk because it's one of the better available. You can buy them individually or in bulk, it's much cheaper to buy a bulk pack of them, which is what I tend to do to save a bit of cash. At home we have a full sized pool table, it's great fun but without chalk it's a hopeless game.
Online you can buy a box of 12 for £4, this will last you a very long time if you don't play regularly. My local shop sells individual blocks and so do some places online. As I said before, buy in bulk to save money and the pain of having to frequently buy chalk. It's inexpensive due to the time it lasts.
A chalk cube on the side of the pool table looks rather cool. If you don't have one, the table looks incomplete! You can but many different colours of chalk. My favourite is the blue colour, you can buy greys and greens also. Blue is the most obvious for me. The cube is quite small, with branding information and then the words king of kings on the side.
Does it work?:
It works great, all you need to do it rub this on the end of your pool or snooker cue to give it a top coat of this. You then re apply when it rubs off after a couple of shots. This stuff works better than cheaper chalk, it's the best I have tried so far. It's an essential and it does it best.
There is not much else to say about this product. My dad has always bought this and since I have had to fend for myself in the world, so have I! It's a classic accessory to the sport. Always buy traingle chalk! I will continue to buy in bulk too.
Thanks for reading :).
My husband and I have had a pool table for all of our relationship, my husband is a keen player and has had a pool table for all his adult life.
He buys trays of 12 squares of chalk for about £5. My husband says this is the best pool cue chalk and as I too have learnt the game since we became a couple and agree with him.
The chalk is compacted so that when you twist your cue into the square it coats the end but doesn't crumble or cake onto the cue. After I've chalked my cue with Triangle Chalk it's easier to direct the ball and it definitely gives my cue a lot of purchase against the cue ball. The paper wrapping smooths itself down as the square of chalk gets smaller, sometimes I have to tear it down to size but more often than not it wears down on its own.
It brushes off the ball and table green without staining and you don't need to keep chalking after every shot as the chalk coating lasts.
I agree that this is the best affordable chalk for a pool or snooker cue and it's a value for money product that hasn't increased in price much over the 10+ years we've been buying it.
Anyone who has played snooker or pool in their life will surely recognise the small cube of chalk which players rub onto the end of their cue, but infrequent players may not realise exactly what it is for. It may seem like a trivial accessory but in reality it i actually very important to the game. Rubbing chalk onto the cue tip ensures that there is some friction between the cue and the white ball so that the cue does not slip and the ball goes perfectly straight however hard you hit it. The more power you use when you hit the ball, the greater the change of slippage, and the chalk ensures this does not happen.
I started playing cue sports when I started at university, frequently using the campus pool tables and occasionally venturing to the local snooker club. On campus, although the chalk is generally provided, I found that it was always going missing - presumably people were taking it before someone else did so that they'd always have chalk when they wanted to play. Because of this I decided to fork out and buy some chalk and bring it with me every time me and friends went to play pool. Triangle chalk is certainly the market leader when it comes to chalk, and whenever I've played at a public pool table, Triangle chalk is generally the brand on the table. It is a very reliable chalk, and always works with maximum effect, affording good friction and minimising slippage. Some cheaper chalks really do not work very well and do not provide as strong friction and the chalk doesn't last as long so you have to keep constantly re-chalking the cue.
You can purchase Triangle chalk for a very reasonable price - you can get a pack of 12 on Amazon for £3.95 or you can get smaller packs for much cheaper in sports shops. This is a very reasonable price for an essential cue sport accessory and one that lasts a very long time. If you are serious about playing cue sports then you may as well fork out just a little bit of money for this essential accessory.
Even the most casual and part time snooker player will realise the necessity of chalk. I have been playing the game since i was 6 or 7 and even then my dad insisted upon chalking the queue, and for very good reason. It is a fully essential product just as much as the balls, cues or table. The purpose of chalk is to rub onto the end of the queue which provides a small layer of padding between the cue striking the white ball. This ensures that you don't have what snooker players call a 'kick', whereby the white ball can jump or move around to places of the table that you don't want it too, obviously having a seriously negative effect on your game. It also provides some protection to the tip of your cue, which when you have spent a lot of money on it, is essential for the long term care of your new found joy. Thus, you simply cannot play the game without it.
Triangle chalk is without doubt the leader of the market. It has a great monopoly over the industry and every time i have played in clubs, pubs or at home i have been using triangle chalk. It has a reputation for simple brilliance and it most certainly delivers.The price is hugely reasonable too, i believe you can pick up a mulitple pack of chalk, which consists of about 3 cubes, for around £1-2, which is scandalous value when you consider just how long this will last you. Even myself, who plays once or twice a week, will make this chalk last a matter of months, and i have never had any issues with kicks or cue-ball problems if applying it regularly. It really is the simplest of products, but one that is just so important.
Chalk is not an expensive purchase but one that is so important for the game of snooker. As the price of triangle is so cheap and the reputation of the product is so massively respected i do not see why anyone would buy anything else. If you can, you buy the best.
I think I was around 6 when my parents bought me my first pool table. It was a full size one and although it was a little ragged and falling to bits it was in playable condition. We stuck it out the way in the junk room and I spent many happy hours playing pool and snooker when I was a kid. I think we got rid of that table around 5 years later, which was a shame really as I was just getting good by that point. However, I still played every time we went to a pub or anywhere else with a pool table. One thing you learn very early on when playing either pool, snooker or billiards, is that you need to use chalk! If you don't do this you end up miss hitting your shots and the ball can screw off in all different kinds of directions.
Now obviously I can't tell you what chalk I was using back when I was six years old. I do remember using it though and often getting told off for getting it all over the carpet. Although I can't be sure of it, I imagine I was using this very chalk. Triangle chalk has been the market leader pretty much forever. Play in a pub, in a snooker hall or at the Crucible theatre and chances are you will see people using this exact chalk. I am sure there are other companies out there that produce chalk, but for many years Triangle have been the market leaders.
On the side of the chalk it says 'king of them all' and you really can't argue with that statement. Triangle chalk is the best in the business. The idea behind chalk is that you add it to your cue tip and it grips the ball, so that you can play straight shots or impart spin on the ball. Without chalk it would be very difficult if not impossible to get any real spin on the ball.
Triangle chalk comes in those familiar small blue squares. When you get a new pack of chalk, there is a small hollow in the top of the chalk where you place your cue to chalk it up. As the chalk wears down the hole gets bigger and it becomes even easier to chalk your cue.
The good thing about Triangle chalk is that it is good cheap reliable chalk. You can pick up a three pack of these for just over £1 and they will last you for ages. I bought a pack of 3 of these about 7 years ago and I'm still using them now. Admittedly I don't play that often, but even if I did I am sure these would last a long time.
Overall then you really would have to say that Triangle chalk is the best of the best. Yes it is a very simple product, it many ways it's quite tricky to review as there is only so much you can say about it other than it's blue! But when it comes to buying chalk for either snooker or pool I can't see any reason why anyone would want to look elsewhere. Buy Triangle chalk and you will not be disappointed.
Accessories to games and sports often get completely overlooked, people's focus naturally on the main action and where and how it all takes place. Even in cue sports, such as snooker, pool and billiards, it's the focus on the skill levels to be able to aim so precisely that two perfectly round objects can collide with one another so as to propel one into an opening that just about accommodates it. Such precision needs perfect connection and contact, and the tip of a cue and the surface of the ball are so perfectly formed that connection needs to have some sort of grip in order to prevent inaccurate cuing.
Therefore, chalk is used to provide this friction and to ensure that the player's intention is carried out fully by the equipment. Chalk is one of those little accessories that is often completely overlooked. many pubs and snooker halls don't really bother concentrating on providing it or looking after it, and many punters will just assume that whatever there is can do the job. This may be true to a certain extent, but even the slight inconsistency can make a huge difference.
Triangle is one of the leading brands, and is instantly recognisable as a companion of quality. The small cube of chalk is protected on all bar one side by paper than retains the physical structure of the chalk beneath it so that when you need to put some on the tip of your cue, it has maintained its consistency, a powder fine enough that it coats the tip of the cue just enough so that there is the right contact between cue and ball. The blue/green colour is there to be noticeable against the cue ball and also means that lumps and contours are easily distinguishable. When you see players blowing the end of the cue, it's to remove excess to complete the true surface.
Triangle ensures there is the quality so that the chalk itself lasts for a long time. Other lesser brands, which are often cheaper, lose their consistency and become rather unreliable, clumpy bits of chalk and more of a grain than a powder meaning you may as well not bother as they inaccuracies can creep in without user fault. With Triangle chalk though, you know that the fine powder you get from the chalk will help you with your shots as opposed to casting uncertainty and doubt over whether or not your accuracy will be in your hands or that of one of your accessories.
The fact that the chalk doesn't clog is probably the most important element. It would be pointless buying a cube of chalk which you have to throw away after a few uses when the majority of it is still left. I also find that it doesn't crumble and break easily either, maintaining a smoothness and preventing you scrabbling around for the bit that broke off to use it before returning to the now deformed chunk that's left. You'd expect there to be a significant price difference to make up for Triangle's quality, which prevents these sorts of things from happening, but the truth is that it's just not expensive at all. A box of 12 cubes will last any regular player a long time, and could last in pubs and clubs even with regular use for months, and as a price example, you can get this many on amazon for around the £4 mark at the moment.
Chalk may be one of the smallest sports accessories, and it is also the cheapest snooker/pool/billiards accessory, but it is also such an important part of the sport that it matters which brand you buy. Triangle have been a name associated with quality for a number of years, and for good reason. Recommended.
I remember having a small snooker table when I was very young which I developed my game on and when I was 13 I started going to play on a full size table at my local Rileys Snooker club. Over the years I learnt more about the equipment needed to play the game of Snooker and the importance of using chalk on the tip of your cue. Over the years I have used a number of different chalks and I must say that the best to use is certainly Triangle Chalk which is rightly the most popular for both professional and club players. If you play regularly then chalk is something you should be thinking about as well as choosing your cue. I have used this chalk for Snooker and Pool.
**Why use chalk?**
There are some people who believe that using chalk too much can lead to kicks where the cue ball can kick up off the baize when just taking a normal shot. So what are the benefits of using the right amount of chalk on your cues tip?. Well correct application of chalk can give you the best chance of shot accuracy and also cue ball control which is obviously important when playing a safety or key positional shot. You apply the chalk to your cue by moving the chalk over the tip and for best results You should develop a routine of chalking your cue so that you are doing the same thing every time you chalk your cue which leads to better accuracy. I find it's also important to stick with one particular chalk as you may get mixed results or counter acting results if you just use whatever chalk is available.
This chalk is the most recognized in the Snooker world and with many Professional players using the chalk exclusively it's not hard to imagine that it must be a decent chalk to use. I have used other chalks that have fell apart with a bit of use and not laid properly on the tip but there have been no such problems when I have used Triangle chalks as even when you are close to replacing one chalk it will still give you decent re-chalking of your cue tip and is certainly not a messy as some I have used where the chalk has fallen off the cue after a shot is taken and ends up on the baize. Snooker clubs will often have one of these chalks with the balls when you hire a table.
As you would expect this chalk is widely available and can be bought in packs of four for around £2.50 which for how long the chalk lasts is a pretty good deal and ideal if you are a regular player. This is a superb addition to your cue and accessories and if you are a serious player or just a casual player it will benefit you and possibly give a boost to your game. As it's the preferred chalk of many professionals worldwide it must be doing something right. An excellent product for any Snooker player and available for not much money at all.
I really enjoy a few frames of snooker either just on my own, or with a few mates down at my local snooker hall. I find that it is a great way to spend a few relaxing hours in a nice peaceful environment, and since the smoking ban has come into effect the snooker hall has changed from a dark and dingy, smoke filled, dirty place to a nice clean and comfortable place to practice in.
The costs of this little hobby are relatively inexpensive unless you go out and purchase a full sized snooker table for yourself! If I go and play with another 3 mates for a game of doubles, it usually only amounts to a couple of pound each for a few frames of snooker. Most snooker halls provide the cues, and the odd piece of chalk, but I decided about 4-5 years ago to buy my own snooker cue, and at the same time I got a box of chalk.
Chalk is basically a substance that is applied to the tip of a snooker cue with the idea that it will give tip of the cue more grip and friction when striking the cue ball. This extra friction decreases the changes of 'slippage' when striking the cue ball, which in turn helps to eliminate the chances of 'mis-cueing' especially when a shot requires a lot of screw-back or spin.
The chalk that I use is called Triangle chalk, and I originally got myself a box of 3 chalks. The chalks are a cube shape, and have dimensions of 22mm x 22mm x 22mm meaning that it fits into the pocket of a pair of trousers very easily. The chalk itself is not actually chalk (calcium carbonate), but is instead a compound made up of silica and aluminium oxide.
My Triangle chalk is a light green in colour, which is the best colour to use in my opinion as it doesn't mark the table too noticeably when the tip of the cue makes contact with the green baize on the table. Chalk is often available in blue or red as well, but does tend to be more noticeable on the snooker table which can be a little off putting, and makes the table look messy.
The triangle chalks are wrapped in a paper covering to 5 sides of the cube, to protect the chalk, and to stop it getting onto your fingers and clothing. The paper covering is coloured in bright yellow and green, and has the Triangle logo on it, as well as a statement reading 'King of them All' in big bold letters. The top face of the cube is fully exposed, and has a little dimple in it, designed to fit the tip of the cue, and this is the area that you use to apply the chalk to the cue, by simply rubbing and twisting the cube of chalk into the tip of the cue.
Since I purchased my 3 cubes of chalk about 4 years ago, I still have 1 left which has plenty of life in it yet, so this goes to show how long this chalk lasts. It sticks to the cue tip very well, and lasts for a good few shots in my experience before it needs re-applying. The consistency of the chalk is also very good, as it doesn't get too dry and crumble as the chalk cube starts to wear away, and I have continued to use a cube of Triangle chalk right up until the point where the chalk has been used up that much, that I can see the paper starting to show through at the bottom of the chalk.
Whilst writing this review, I have seen that you can get a box of 12 Triangle chalks for just £3:99 from a place called Cuepower by going through the Amazon website. This price includes free delivery and so for that price the chalk is a real bargain in my mind, and as I am on my last cube of chalk I think I will get a box ordered shortly.
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An essential part of any session of snooker is the chalk you use for chalking your cue up with before each shot. For me it has become second nature to rechalk the cue after each shot. If you watch the professionals you will see just how important it is to rechalk after each shot - they even still get 'kicks' and miscues regularly. So, it is quite clearly very important to make sure the tip of your cue is looked after, especially as that is the point where the cue meets the ball - vital! The majority of snooker chalk is green, though there are some gimmicky colours about such as red. I think the reason green is used is that it is the same colour as the cloth, therefore preventing you from becoming distracted by chalk marks.
'King' Triangle Chalk is the brand of chalk I have always used on my table at home, and is often the brand found in your 'local' or at a snooker centre. Sports shops do often sell chalk for around 50p-£1 for a single piece, but at under £4 for a dozen cubes it is more sensible to buy a full box. The chalk cube has a small well at the top to allow you to rub the chalk onto the cue tip easily. After use you will find the well becomes bigger as you use the chalk up. The box has a royal blue lid with the Triangle Chalk branding on the front. The chalk itself has a bright yellow paper wrapper which carries the branding and also protects the users' fingers from becomign chalked up and messy. Chalk certainly is an essential part of the game and this product works very well at allowing the cue tip to connect with the ball cleanly and effectively. Other brands may well be as effective as this product, but for me I have used this same brand for many years and some products are worth staying loyal to as it has proved effective for me.
When I have some free time I try and get to play a few frames of snooker. It's a relaxing gentlemans (and -woman's) sport that, as the phrase goes, takes moments to learn but a lifetime to master. One of the more important parts of snooker, and probably underlooked by most, is keeping a solid contact from cue tip to cue ball. If you lose that contact you can say goodbye to all your deep screw shots or really any form of decent shot! Luckily all that's required to make a solid contact is a clean cue ball and a well chalked cue tip. The bottom of your jumper can take care of the former and Triangle Chalk can facilitate the latter!
Triangle chalk is a staple of snooker clubs around the country. It comes in it's iconic yellow packaging which covers 5 sides of the chalk cube. The open face of the cube has exposed chalk with a dimple machined into the centre to use on the rounded tip of your cue. The cube itself is about 20mm on each side and fits easily into your pocket, though this can leave a peculiar looking stain along the rim of your trousers! A box of 12 chalk cubes can be bought from Amazon.co.uk for £3.95 with free delivery. This works out to just under 33p per cube. Considering each cube will last for a couple of months of casual play then you can be safe in the knowledge you won't exhaust your wallet buying chalk!
Using the chalk is the same as any other brand, just rub it on the top of your cue and make sure the entire surface is covered. The chalk breaks down easily and makes it quite easy to spread around your tip. Other brands, most notably the American dark blue variants can be quite stiff and run the risk of damaging a fragile tip.
Overall this chalk is a great, and cheap product which is suitable for all levels of snooker player. It's cheaper than a Mars bar and lasts for months, how would I not give this 5 stars??
A vital part of playing snooker and pool is chalking your cue tip at regular intervals - this is done to promote a good contact with the ball and prevent miscues. Although there are loads of different chalk brands available, I always opt for the ones made by Triangle. Quite simply, Triangle chalk is the most popular in the game - it's what the majority of the pros use (snooker and pool), so it's certainly good enough for me. Similarly, Triangle Chalk is what the snooker clubs provide when you hire a table - or at least it's what the ones that I frequent provide.
The cube of Triangle chalk is of the standard size, and comes in a familiar yellow and black wrapper. The side of the wrapper features Triangle's "King of them All" slogan, and the chalk itself is available in blue, red, or green.
Price & Availability
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From sports shops, a three pack of Triangle chalk can be purchased for £3.15 - however, if you're after a real bargain then you should buy online. Amazon.co.uk is currently selling a twelve pack for only £3.75, whilst a box of 144 (yes, one-hundred-and-forty-four) costs only 23.20; that's probably a lifetime's supply working out at around 16p each - now that's good value for money!
The Chalk in Practice
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In my experience I've found that Triangle Chalk remains perfectly smooth during application - I've never found it to clump, or become too brittle and crumble away. Some of the lesser chalks I've used in the past have had large lumps drop off, which can be rather annoying and not so economical. The most important thing is to keep the chalk dry - as if you store it in damp environment it can absorb water and ultimately become tricky to apply.
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All that's left to say is that Triangle Chalk is the best quality product of its type that I've encountered to date - it's reliable, cheap, and simple to use - hence five out of five dooyoo stars.