Every shuffleboarder worth their salt knows
that shuffleboard wax is a necessity
for the game. Some players know exactly which speed they need for their
table, while others even know how to mix different wax speeds together to get
the perfect balance. The right balance will improve accuracy and help you
deliver powerful shots.
If you’re new to the game, however, the
whole shuffleboard wax and shuffleboard powder scene can be very confusing. So you
can check out our shuffleboard
wax FAQ page to get a better idea. At this point, you might find it
extremely difficult to understand which wax speed would be best for you.
This post will help you with just that, as
you’ll learn about the different shuffleboard wax speeds and which ones can
speed up or slow down your game. First of all, it’s important to note that
there are plenty of solid brands that produce shuffleboard wax. Among these,
the one that stands out and dominates the shuffleboard wax industry is Sun-Glo.
You can use this brand of shuffleboard wax on
any of the shuffleboard
table brands in the market. This post will mainly discuss the six different
speeds of shuffleboard powder from Sun-Glo and help you understand which one’s
best for you.
1.) Sun-Glo #1 Speed Shuffleboard Wax
This is the fastest speed of shuffleboard
beads, sometimes known as the Super Glide. It is made of pure silicone ball
bearings and therefore, gives you super fast speed and lets your pucks fly
across the table. Games can get pretty challenging and fast-paced when you use
this speed, so it’s perfect for advanced players and players who’ve developed
some finesse in their shots.
Since the speed is so fast, you wouldn’t be able to use it on smaller tables without your pucks flying off the table. So it’s best to save it for bigger tables above 14 feet. Even then, not all players may be able to keep up with this pace.
Lightning fast playing speed
Perfect for highly competitive
Too fast for smaller tables
Too fast for intermediate
players and beginners
Unpredictable gliding action
for: Advanced-level players, competitive players,
14-22 feet tables
This too offers very fast playing speed on larger
tables. It is the speed commonly used in tournaments, and is specially
formulated for professional players. It’ll be a bit easier to handle than the
#1 speed but is still too fast for beginners. Even regular players may have a
hard time controlling their shots at this speed, unless they like fast-paced, competitive
On a smaller 12-foot table, it provides the
kind of super fast playing speed that the #1 speed would provide on larger
tables. This speed wouldn’t be usable for any table that’s smaller than that,
because it’ll send your pucks flying off the table.
Super fast playing speed
Perfect for tournament use
Perfect for professionals
Too fast for smaller tables
Too fast for beginners and
for: Professional players, tournament use, 14-22
Next up is the #3 speed shuffleboard powder
wax, which will provide very fast playing speed on 12-foot tables. Combined
with the perfect shuffleboard
puck, you could enjoy a serious game without straining yourself too much. While
this may be perfect for expert players who like fast-paced games, beginners might
struggle to keep up at this pace.
On larger tables above 14 feet, you’ll find that it provides a smooth game play that would be just right for casual games between experts. It’s still too fast for the average player when used on tables smaller than 12 feet, as your pucks will keep sliding off the edges of your table. This is the speed that’s uniformly usable on all table sizes, but is still best used on larger ones.
Perfect speed for most tables
Perfect for experts and
Prone to clumping
Inconsistent sliding action
for: Expert players, fast-paced games, 12-22 feet
This would provide fast playing speed on
9-foot tables, making it perfect for intermediate players who are brushing up
technique but aren’t ready to play faster games. On larger tables between 12
and 14 feet, it’s fast enough for beginners to keep up without completely boring
If you use it on tables that are any larger
than this, it’ll probably be too slow for experts. However, kids and beginners
may find this speed perfect to get acquainted with the game, and the average
player will be able to play comfortably at this speed.
Works well on most table sizes
Suitable for both experts and intermediate
Prone to clumping
for: Intermediate players, beginners, 9-14 feet
This is one of the most comfortable playing
speeds for beginners and is perfect for 14-foot tables. It will give you medium
fast playing speed with the right balance of control and slickness. It’s
perfect for when you know the basics of how
to play shuffleboard, but don’t know it well enough to play faster games.
While you can use it on larger tables, the
speed may be too slow for the average player. On 9 to 12 feet tables, it
provides a medium fast playing speed that even beginners will be able to keep
Perfect for beginners and intermediates
Ideal for smaller tables
Prone to clumping
Too slow for advanced-level
for: Beginners, slow-paced games, 9-14 feet tables
The slowest shuffleboard wax is the #6
speed, which gives you medium playing speed on smaller tables. It’s perfect for
use on 9-foot tables and 12-foot tables, and slows down your game on a 14-foot
table. So beginners and kids will love it.
Make sure you use it with a silicone spray to evenly spread the powder over the surface. Otherwise, the powder will clump up as your pucks slide across the table. This can further slow down your speed and affect your game play even on the best shuffleboard tables. The clumping and tracking is especially worse when you use shuffleboard pucks without beveled edges.
It’ll be unusable for tables that are any
larger than this because your pucks will hardly be able to move halfway across
the table. So even if you love slower games, it’s best to avoid this speed if
you have a larger table.
Ideal speed for beginners and
Perfect for small tables
Extremely prone to clumping
Too slow for experts and
Too slow for large tables
for: Beginners, kids, slow-paced games, 9-12 feet
If you’re new to shuffleboard and you have
trouble deciding which of these options would be best, you could get the
variety pack instead. This includes all the six speeds of shuffleboard wax from
Sun-Glo. So you can experiment with various speeds and try mixing a few of them
together to see which works best for your table, your skill level, and your
The cost isn’t excessively higher than the
other options, because most Sun-Glo wax speeds come in 2- or 3-pack purchases.
So you’ll still be spending around the same amount. It’s better to be able to
try out different options in a single purchase, rather than having to spend
extra money on multiple purchases only to find that they’re not suitable for
Great for new shuffleboard
Perfect for experimenting with
Slightly pricier than single-speed
for: Beginners, new shuffleboard table owners
There are a couple of essential
accessories that go hand in hand with a shuffleboard wax purchase. If you’re
new to the game, it’s important to remember that you cannot use a shuffleboard
powder as it is. You’ll need to thoroughly clean the table and prep it before
spreading the powder to ensure better game play and table longevity. For this,
you’ll need a shuffleboard sweep and a silicone spray.
Sun-Glo Silicone Shuffleboard Spray
As you can see from our previous discussions, shuffleboard wax powder tends to clump up over time, especially when you use the slower speeds or pucks without beveled edges. Using a silicone shuffleboard spray before you spread the powder can work wonders to resolve this issue. So you can prevent tracking and save up on powder. Plus, it helps you maintain a smoother playing surface.
Your shuffleboard table can collect dirt and debris over time, which affects game play and mixes with your shuffleboard powder. This shuffleboard sweep helps you clean the surface efficiently before you re-wax your table.
It also helps you sweep up the powder over the edges of your table, which prepares it for shuffleboard snowplowing. You might even need to clean up the surface to play other shuffleboard-related games like shuffleboard bowling.
At 21 inches long, this sweep may be too big for smaller tables, but you can still use it at a slight angle even then. It’s made solid wood and uses high-quality carpet to effectively sweep up all the powder and debris from the table surface. Some shuffleboard tables come complete with accessories including shuffleboard scoreboards and sweeps. If yours doesn’t, you could invest in this.
As you can see, there are a lot of
shuffleboard wax varieties. What works for you depends on a lot of factors,
including your table size, your skill level, your speed preference, and your
playing style. You can go through some of our suggestions for each speed level
and make a decision accordingly.
The best option, however, would be to get
the variety pack and test out which speed or speed combination works best for
you. Don’t forget to invest in the other accessories so you can properly
maintain your shuffleboard table while ensuring comfortable game play.
Jacqueline Zote is a professional content writer with a focus area on lifestyle, recreational games, and all things fun. In her free time, she likes to go on food adventures and explore new recreational activities in the city.