The carrom board is undoubtedly the most important part of your gaming experience. The board surface should be dead flat – Budget boards with thin plywood are less likely to offer a perfectly flat playing surface, and are more susceptible to warping over time. The playing surface should be smooth to feel, with no bumps or irregularities. The corner pockets should be well finished and round. Thicker frames offer better rebound and stability, and carrom boards with polished wood frames are usually better quality than those with black painted ones – The latter are usually manufactured with cheaper quality wood with any irregularities filled and painted over. The carrom board should not wobble when placed horizontally, and there should not be any sharp edges or protruding nail or pin heads underneath.
Wooden carrom men should be well finished, smooth to feel and perfectly round. All carrom men should be the same size, which can be checked by stacking them vertically. The colour of each disc should be solid and the paint should not run.
Strikers should be perfectly round and smooth, with no visible irregularities or “manufacturing lines” underneath. It is advisable to buy separate strikers for each player, rather than passing on one striker across players.
Standard boric carrom powder should be used before each game, to reduce friction and enhance gameplay. Teflon based “Disco” carrom powder is abrasive and can damage the board surface over time.
Carrom stands are a convenient way of playing carrom, but it is advisable to buy the stand and board from the same brand to avoid compatibility issues.