If the bounce off your pool table rails is less than lively, it is possible that the rubber on the rails has dried out or decomposed and needs to be replaced. The rail cushion rubber can be tested on an assembled 8’ or 9’ pool table by shooting a ball across the length and width of the pool table. Place the cue ball on the head spot and shoot through the foot spot using center ball English, a level cue and firm stroke. The ball should travel a minimum of 4 lengths of the billiard table without jumping. When shooting across the width of the pool table, the ball should travel a minimum of 5 widths of the table without jumping. The rail rubber can also be inspected for decomposition by feeling the cushion rubber. Push your thumb into the rubber cushion and feel if the rubber cushion is hard enough to resist decompression or if the rubber is slow to re-expand after compression. The same technique can be applied to determine if regulation snooker table cushion rubber needs to be replaced.
If the rubber has detached from the rails, it can be re-adhered to the rails. Inspect for this by looking and feeling along the top of the pool table rail where the rubber cushion attaches to the wood of the rail. If the rubber is below the wood of the rail, the rubber has either detached from the wood rail or has been installed incorrectly.
The Pool Shoppe’s skilled billiard mechanics can install new rubber onto the rails. The cloth on the billiard table rail will also need to be replaced if the rail cushion is being replaced. We offer the service to change the rail cushion and replace the felt cloth on a table with Pool or Snooker cushion. There are rail cushion options however you must replace the cushion with the same profile in order to match your table’s pockets.
The service to replace the cushion is done in our Shoppe. You can bring in your rails or we can provide the service to remove them from the table and return to install them when they are complete. If you will bring in your rails please call ahead to confirm the current service timeline for them to be done.
Please provide us with the inside dimensions of your pool table or snooker table so that we may confirm the size of materials required for your billiard table.