Subjective assessment of the rapidity with which balls most on the billiard table's cloth (baize). Balls roll faster and farther on "fast" tables with tighly-woven, broken-in, clean cloth as they experience less friction than with "slow" cloth that is dirty or is fuzzy because of a loose weave and cheap material or because it is wearing out . The terms may be used comparatively, as in "this is a really fast table", or "I don't like cloth this slow ". Fast cloth can make draw (screw) shots somewhat less effective, as there is less purchase for the cue ball 's back spin . On the other hand, slide and stop shots are easier on fast cloth because it is so comparatively smooth.. Sometimes called cloth speed .