Q: Are Shuffleboard Tables Flat?

We get this question from time to time; are shuffleboard tables flat? No, shuffleboard tables are not completely flat. Instead, most shufflepuck players prefer a slightly concaved surface just enough to allow a piece of paper underneath a leveler running across the width of the table. To adjust correctly, the paper should be able to pass through the middle of the table but the edges of the paper should catch.

Are Shuffleboard Tables Flat

Shot of the Berkley Shuffleboard Playfield.

Adjusting Your Shuffleboard Table

Shuffleboard tables are usually concave but you can make your playfield flat if you prefer. Generally speaking, most players prefer a slightly concave surface vs a slightly convex. A concave surface means that the table bows down in the center while convex means the table bends upward in the middle of the table.

To adjust the curvature of your playfield, you can use climatic adjusters to make the surface concave or convex. Most people prefer a slightly concave playfield because it keeps the puck on the table. Adjusting the climatic adjusters will alter the way the puck glides down the playfield. You can experiment with this to see just how much of an effect a slight change can have on the velocity and trajectory of your throw.

Learn more about Climatic Adjusters.

Angled Edges

Quality shuffleboard tables also have angled edges. Hudson is the only brand that makes their tables with a sharp 45 degree angle. This allows the puck to hang off the edge and keep weight from going off the table. This technique is called the “hanger.”

[READ: Three Things to Look for in a Quality Shuffleboard Table]

Some of the most popular tables from Hudson include the Grand Deluxe, Metro, and the top of the line Dominator! The angle of playfield edges varies from manufacturer to manufacturer so it’s something to keep in mind when looking for a new table. For more tips on the details of a shuffleboard table, you can refer to the resources below.

More Shuffleboard Tips:

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  3. Outdoor Shuffleboard Table Buying Guide