GUIDE TO BUY AND USE OF CARROM
This guide is for beginners to Carrom.
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Carrom boards have significantly difference of prices from 19€ up to over 150 €, photos of carrom will not help very much to see the differences, because surface of some varnished cheap carrom can appear better than polished good carrom.
I'd like to explain the differences between the various boards.
For playing carrom you need :
- Carrom Board
- at least one striker, usually each player prefers his own strikers
- carrommen (called also coins)
- carrom powder or potato starch
- legs or table to put carrom boards
Carrom height should be between 60 and 70 cm played upon an optional stand, anyway you can play laying it on a common table, if you want to play with 4 players you need a small square or round table.
We have folding stands on sale, they're height adjustable (metal models) n order to keep the board perfectly horizontal.
SIZE OF BOARDS
The carrom board has the official size of the playing area of 29 inches, about 74 cm without frame
There are smaller versions for children and beginners usually 20 inches (50 cm) or 23 inches(57,5 cm) ,with small board playing is more easy and this is suitable for learning.
For example, my children have 4 and 6 years and already play on a 20/23 inches board, you can play with less coins to make easier the game.
That 's the most important element that distinguishes good boards from cheaper ones.
The board of the cheaper carrom tables are glossy varnished and that makes the surface very smooth but not sliding, in this case it's used a powder with microspheres to supply the lack of speed of the board, on these board are not recommended standard powder or potato starches. On these cheap boards players can not control the strikers and the carrommen, the game is very approximative on them.
Good boards (from classic mode and better) have the surface polished, extra polishing makes them smooth, without the use of glossy varnish and the plywood is laminated (that means that the final layer of the plywood is higher quality than others).
THICKNESS OF PLYWOOD
The plans of quality boards are distinguished by a greater thickness.
Good thickness involves to a perfect plan (and therefore game is more accurated), thin boards (like 4 mm) can have like wave and game is not good.
Good boards have large width and height, they have a good rebound and are more stable.
The best tables have bigger height and width, for a better rebound and a better stability, tournament boards should have width of at least 6.35 cm (2.5 inches) and height of 5 cm (2 inches)
It's very important the essence of the wood, are preferable hardwoods (like kikar or rosewood, not mongo or other cheap wood) that do not deteriorate with use and have a rebound greater and more uniform on all points of the table.
WOOD FINISHING :
Different finishing doesn't matter for game skill, but only aesthetic.
Traditionally the boards was produced only black varnished.
Do not use talcum powder or flower, use carrom powder or potato starch.
Remove the dust with a soft cloth and dry.
When you finish to play, pass a cloth or even better a brush with soft bristles and store the table in vertical position, Surco have two plastic protections to put boards on the floor.
There are covers to protect boards
TIPS (in reference to the products of my shop on www.carrom.it):
For children from 4 to 8 years
You can buy cheap 20 inches
For kids from 6 to 12 years
It's good a 23 inches board
I recommend at least a classic model, they have polished surface and laminated plywood, this make a very big differnce. If you enjoy playng carrom you don't need to change for a better board.