How does an increase in humidity affect how a table plays?

With more humid conditions, the following changes occur:

  1. The cloth plays slower (because of increased rolling resistance), and sidespin wears off faster.
  2. English “takes” more on the rails (i.e., the ball “bites” more due to increased friction).
  3. Draw shots are more difficult due to increased “drag” (due to the cloth playing “stickier” with increased sliding friction).
  4. Banks go “shorter” (due to more friction and CB hop).
  5. The CB hops off the rails more (and this delays post rebound curve, making the effective bank angle even shorter).
  6. The pockets play “tighter” because rebound is “shorter” (and rail-induced spin “takes” more) off the pocket walls.
  7. The balls can throw more, and there can be more cling/skid/kick (because the balls tend to get more dirty and hold chalk residue more).
  8. Swerve happens sooner, so squerve (the combined effects of squirt and swerve) will be less.

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