Enough shuffleboard is a game that began in the early fifteenth century in England because no special equipment was needed to play it. The first games were called “push grove” because they play them with a groat that was a heavy coin and any flat table surface. The goal was to push your coin as close to the edge of the shuffleboard table without it falling. Over time and with the change of money styles, he designed specific weights and shuffleboard tables that allowed the game to continue in a much more standardized way.
Shuffleboard is a skill game that was very popular in the first game rooms in the United States. Beginning in 1897, there were major tournaments in New York and even as far west as California that highlighted some shuffleboard stars of the day. The 1940s and 1950s were the peaks of the shuffleboard game movement, with almost every major city organizing tournaments and many houses with a shuffleboard table for family entertainment and fun.
Although not as popular as those early days, the use of standard table sizes and styles today is bringing the game back to the public eye. It is a sport that is often played in game rooms and sports facilities, as well as in bars and community centers. As they can play it in tournaments or only between teams, it is a great indoor activity that provides them with the right equipment.
The most important aspect of the sport is choosing between high-quality shuffleboard tables. A deformed or rough table of poor quality will not allow the weights to slide and will cause frustration to the players. A good quality table will allow the weights to balance across the surface, which will allow for an improvement in skill development.
Indoor tables come in various lengths, allowing you to choose based on the size of the room you have. Most standard tables come in lengths of 9, 12, 14 and 16 feet with longer options of 18, 20 and 22 feet as well. The width of the table will also vary from 16 to 20 inches. The measurements are based on the outer dimensions of the table, not on the playing surface, so measuring your space does not require conjecture. Keep in mind that you will need to have two or three feet around the table to allow easy movement and access to the playing surface.
Some tables have a thicker playing surface or board than others. The thickness of the table can vary from an inch and a half to three inches, and the thicker and heavier tables are perfect for tables that have a lot of use or for serious competitors. The surface of the board is polished and can be concave to prevent the board from combating and coming out with moisture in the air. A good quality table will have climate adjusters that will allow you to check and level the table as needed. Watch for any signs of buckling or deformation, usually associated with the thin surface play areas of low-quality construction.
To keep your shuffleboard table in the best conditions, you may need to wax the surface from time to time, which begins with the cleaning of dirt and debris. Most top rated shuffleboard tables have a polymer finish that does not require waxing, just clean with a glass cleaner to polish and polish. Finish with a silicone spray and a power to keep your weights sliding smoothly across the surface.