9 Points To Consider When Buying a Pool Cue

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With all the choices available in the market, buying a pool cue can be overwhelming. To help you make an informed buying decision, here are things you must consider before buying.

Price of Pool Cue

Alongside the expansive variations of pool cues, price range could stretch longer than this pool stick. It could be as cheap as $20 or you can splurge on a fine cue worth many grand. When you buy the expensive kind, make sure that you are spending for playability and not just for mere frills. At the very least, you would want to pick one in the satisfactory scale, so a pool cue worth at least $100 may be for you.

Pool Cue Design

While it can help you show some personality, embellishments can do little about how you play. It can jack up the price of a pool cue though. In contrast, a simple cue stick can bring out its natural feel, that can otherwise be drowned by numerous inlays and other alterations. What the embellishments cannot provide practically, it can do so psychologically, as design may give a boost to the player strutting a cool cue.

Pool Cue Weight

A pool cue that weighs 20 or 21 ounces is perfect for neophytes. Getting an added spin from the extra mass of cue can also help the beginner, although you must note that a heavy cue can also lead to miscues and unwanted english.

When you have developed more skill and accuracy in your strokes, you may want a 19-ounce pool cue to allow you more control of the speed of the cue ball. This weight division of cues (or lighter) is a favorite among intermediate players. A number of pool aces are now turning to 18 ounces.

Material of Pool Cue Tip

The toughness of the tip is an important part of a pool cue as it affects the feel of the shot. For an extra feel through the shot, opt for a soft tip. However, if durability is important to you, go for a hard tip as it lasts longer on the cue and does a god job of preserving its rounded shape. Hard or very hard tips are often the choice of professionals especially when there is no repairman to replace their tip is readily available.

The width of the tip is another consideration in your purchase. The legal range of cue tip sizes is between 11 and 14 millimeters. If you are a newbie, you may want a 13-mm tip, but if you have stubby fingers,12 to 12.5 mm tips may be suitable. You may also opt for a thicker tip when you have already gained some experience.

Pool Cue Balance Point

This is a toss-up between a balance point toward the forward, or toward the rear. Using only two fingers, locate the spot that allows you to balance the cue. Try shooting different cues to help you decide. You can modify the weight and balance of a cue by changing the weight lodged in the butt of the cue. All you need is to remove the rubber bumper and do the necessary change.

Pool Cue Wrap

Whether it is leather, nylon, Irish linen or an exotic wrap, try various wraps to determine which one you are most comfortable using. Nylon and linen wraps are often suitable for newbies, while leather is great for players who heavily perspire as it can absorb moisture.

Pool Cue Brand

Mass produced models is recommended for beginners as these are more affordable costing about $100. When you better know the options and your preferences, that’s the time you can ideally go for custom-made handcrafted cues to accommodate your fancy.

Joint Structure of the Pool Cue

Do not forget to check the joint of the cue and note that larger screws on the male end of the joint with wider joint threads are often the more durable kind.

Pool Cue Color

The shaft or butt of pool cues come in a rainbow of colors. You may want a funky conspicuous color, but brace yourself for potential unwanted attention at your favorite pool hall.

Once you have chosen the perfect pool cue for you, do not forget to buy a cue case for safe keeping. Harder cases may be heavier, but they provide tougher protection than lighter, softer ones. Opt one for a shoulder strap for easy handling.

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