Super Premium Performance Chalk
Balabushka Performance Chalk v2
$15.00 per 3 piece box
Balabushka Super Premium Performance Billiard Chalk is softer than
standard chalk and stays on the tip longer. Feel the
The box protects the chalk when not in use and fits
easily in most cue cases.
Balabushka Blue Chalk v2
$15.00 / 3 Piece Box
THE MAGIC OF CHALK
By Peggy Mallen
owner of Balabushka Cue Company
Chalk on a cue tip is as important as tread on tires. Chalk creates
friction that helps a cue “hug” the surface of the cue ball and
keeps the tip from skidding off – especially on those difficult
shots where a lot of English is necessary to get the results needed
to set up for the next shot!
Until 1893 the chalk used on leather cue tips was carbonate of lime,
better known as blackboard chalk. This chalk was messy; it
discolored and rotted table cloth over time and was only made in
white. Most chalk used today is comprised of fine abrasives and does
not contain a speck of chalk. The original chalks were produced
mainly to keep the leather tips dry and secondly to assist with
grabbing the ball. The only problem with this was that these chalks
had no “grit” added and miscues were a big problem.
In 1892, a professional pool player from France by the name of
William A. Spinks came to the United States with a few pieces of
French chalk in his pocket. When he arrived, he realized that the
chalk he had in his pocket was superior to the chalks made in the
U.S. and went to a chemist to find out the formula. After much trial
and error, he then started producing chalk adding Silica and Aloxite
– giving the “grit” needed to grab the cue ball and, therefore;
changing the game of pool forever. Never before could players make
such difficult “English” shots as they could with the new formula!
Most recently, with new technology, chalk formulas have become more
complex and “performance” chalk has been developed by many billiard
companies. Chalk has become as important to pool players as the type
of cue they play with.
Now that the mystery of how chalk came about has been answered –
let’s talk about chalk in today’s world. Did you know that the type
of tip you have on your cue dictates the amount of chalk it can hold
and retain? Pool cue tips come in a variety of grades and range from
very soft to very hard. The softer the tip, the better it holds the
After making several shots and chalking after each one, you will
notice that the surface of your tip tends to get smooth and slippery
and you will see a sheen. This is a sign that the tip has
compressed. Once compressed, it is very difficult to get chalk to
adhere to the surface. This sometimes happens when players chalk too
frequently and tend to grind the chalk as hard as they can into the
tip wearing it down faster.
The new performance chalk formulas require less chalking between
shots which makes it last much longer than standard brands and they
produce a lot less dust, leaving the table, balls and hands very
clean. If you chalk with performance chalk after every shot, you may
get negative results by creating a chalk barrier between the leather
tip and the ball. If there is too much chalk on the tip, you must go
through that barrier before making contact with the leather tip –
and that can create a miscue.
The correct method of applying chalk is to use a “brush stoke” using
the perimeter of the chalk. Grinding the chalk into the tip is not
necessary and is discouraged. If you blow on the tip after chalking,
there should only be a small amount of dust. If there is a lot, you
Chalk makes the magic that happen between the tip of a cue and the
surface of a cue ball. Quality performance chalk will take a players
game to the next level.
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