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03-15-2004, 03:24 PM
SPetty gave me some thick mylar sheet (Leroy found some during our 2-14-04 get together.) It measures to be .012 inch thick.
The mylar sheet (cut to 3 x 5 inches) works great to protect the cloth. In reality, nothing can keep the compression from happening, but the cloth does look & feel to be unharmed. I know the Pool Room Owners & the Jump Shot artists will benefit from this post.
03-15-2004, 03:38 PM
Get a piece of indoor outdoor carpet about 2 ft. x 3 ft. for the ball to land on, the pool room owner will like that. The ball also will travel pretty true after landing to see how accurate the shot was.
03-15-2004, 04:56 PM
Glad you got it. I'd been meaning to send it for awhile, just like I've been meaning to email you to let you know I finally sent it!
Ceebee brought over a thinner variety of mylar, like you can get at the local office supply, and I asked jump-master Sid to do his best jumping with the mylar under the cue ball. I inspected real close after the jumps - not a mark on the table.
Not something you want for playing the game, but if you want to practice your jump shots, I really believe this mylar stuff will protect your cloth. I haven't tried the thicker stuff yet, but I wonder if it changes how the cue ball reacts versus jumping directly on the cloth?
03-15-2004, 05:03 PM
A piece of used Simonis Cloth works well also. Whenever my room owner recovers a table, I ask for a slice to use during practice.
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I haven't tried the thicker stuff yet, but I wonder if it changes how the cue ball reacts versus jumping directly on the cloth?
Anything between the cloth will change how the c/b reacts. To what degree depends on what is used. Anything also will protect the cloth. I'd imagine mylar would not give the same effect if the c/b is hit with side english. On regular cloth the c/b reacts immediately before the jumped ball and after of course, probably with mylar it would not be near as much. Jumping a ball at 4" isn't too bad but with mylar it may take even more cue elevation. I don't really practice jumping balls to a large degree, just a few hits to see how the table reacts. Usually less than a half dozen times or not at all.
For the happy hoppers though, they should use something. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif Mylar is tough so it sounds like a fair choice.
03-15-2004, 10:34 PM
I have heard a small, thin cutting board works well also. It might jump a little higher, but that would good for learning how, and protecting the table.
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