How to Choose a Pool Cue for You
You may be able to play billiards well, but are you getting consistently better? Playing in halls with the house sticks won’t cut it. Having quality and consistent pool gear for your play is one of the best ways to improve your game. When looking for a billiards cue, there are a number of things that you want to check for.
1-Piece or 2-Piece?
- One piece pool cues usually offer more quality for the cost, but are hard to travel with. If you’re only playing at home, then a one-piece can work for you.
- A two-piece stick has a screw joint in the middle that allows it to break down into two parts, making it easier to transport. Quality cue sticks will fit together solid and seamlessly and have a strong metal joint. Always get a solid case for traveling.
- Wood – If you buy a wood cue, always buy one made of a hardwood. Many quality hardwood cues are made of Maple.
- Fiberglass/Graphite – Usually has a wood core and less likely to warp. These cues can get costly.
Weight and Feel
The weight and feel can make a big difference in your game. Most cue sticks are at or around 57” in length. And where is the weight balance? Some are heavier in the back-end than others. Typically, sticks from the same brand will have a similar feel to each other during play. A good strategy can be to find the brand that works for you and stick with it.
- Does the tip feel cushy and soft?
- How is the grip of the stick? There are woven grips, wood trips, smooth, and more. See which fits best for your hand.
- Get a good feel for how it plays. Try various sizes, brands, and weights.
- When checking a cue, don’t concentrate on playing - concentrate on the feel of making hard and soft shots.
- Make it a good long-term investment - be prepared to spend at least for a quality personal cue stick.
- If you’re looking for something ornate, make sure it is functional for you first.
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