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Like the size of a shuffleboard table and the pucks being used, the wax applied can have a serious effect on gameplay.
Shuffleboard wax not only affects the speed at which the pucks move, but when applied with silicone, it will also help preserve your table for years to come. With a wide range of speeds and colors to choose from, deciding on the right wax for your shuffleboard table can be difficult. However, using our guide below, you can easily find the ideal wax for your table.
Shuffleboard wax is typically offered in brown and yellow variations, with brown being slightly faster than yellow. Wax is also numbered based on speed, allowing players to decide the rate at which their pucks will travel.
Having trouble deciding which wax is right for your table? The factors below should help you find the ideal choice. Not sure how to apply wax? Check out our guide for an in-depth look at how to wax your shuffleboard table.
Seeing how McClure tables can range from 9 to 22 feet in length, gameplay can vary drastically depending on the size of your table.
Naturally, faster waxes are better suited for longer tables and will help the pucks travel further into scoring position. When using a slower wax, the resistance will compound as the puck slides across the table, making it difficult for the puck to advance without putting some serious force behind your shot.
On the contrary, shorter tables should be coated with slower waxes to prevent players from shooting off the end of the board. Using faster wax on a smaller table can make it incredibly difficult to gauge the distance of your shot.
In professional shuffleboard matches or tournaments, 22-foot tables are deemed to be regulation size. Shuffleboard tables in these settings are typically coated with some of the fastest wax available.
The skill of the players participating can also help determine which wax is ideal for your shuffleboard table. Though all players should know the basics of playing shuffleboard, choosing the right wax can make games more competitive and more fun.
For novice or intermediate players, we recommend using slower waxes as new players have a tendency to use excessive force when shooting the puck. Easing into the game of shuffleboard with a slower wax can be very helpful for inexperienced players. As you become more familiar with the game, move on to faster waxes to help develop a controlled, accurate shooting style.
For advanced players, the choice of wax is up to his or her preference as they should be comfortable with both slow and fast tables. However, professional shuffleboard matches are typically played on very fast surfaces. To compete with the best, you’ll have to be able to play on a fast table.
Different wax speeds can greatly alter gameplay, so it’s best to have a variety to perform well on any table. To find the shuffleboard wax that best works with your table and skill, check out McClure’s line of premium shuffleboard wax. With four speeds to choose from and a choice of brown or yellow wax, McClure’s wax will keep your shuffleboard pucks moving at the perfect speed for you.
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