Do you really know how to choose your best pool cues? If you’re only starting on playing pool, you may not have information on what makes for a good pool cue. You may not know that they can be rated good, better, or best. However, as many pool veterans can tell you, a pool cue can make or break your game.
There are a few pointers that will help you get your pool cue selection A-game on.
First off, the suitability of a cue stick will largely depend on your needs. Logically, if you’re on the shorter scale of things, or for a child, a shorter cue is needed. But before even considering the length, ensure your cue is straight.
I mean, can you imagine trying to pocket your balls using a crooked cue? Simple physics applies here, and it will be hard. The most common test for straightness is a simple rolling of the cue on a flat surface. If it rolls smoothly, then it’s straight; if it wobbles too much, then it isn’t.
The standard 2 pool cue is about 58 inches in length and can get comfortably used by people of a 5ft 8in – 6 ft 5in height. If you’re shorter, try for cues of a length of 48 – 52 inches for maximum comfort.
The weight of your cue is another consideration. This largely depends on how you feel. For instance, if it feels substantial in your hand, then you should probably change it. A weight of 538 – 595 grams is considered the most optimum.
Consider the wrap type, as this is what comes into contact with your skin. Leather and linen make for good wraps; overall, as natural materials absorb sweat quickly. Having to deal with contact dermatitis while trying to put on a good game doesn’t sound like something you want to do.
The tip of your pool cue is what you use to hit the balls. Therefore, it follows that you have to be careful in choosing its texture. The decision for what type of tip is informed by an individual playing style. For instance, if you like a lot of spin to your shots, you would best go for a soft tip and a narrower diameter.
The converse is true; a hard tip gives your spin less twist, as does a thicker diameter. You should keep in mind that the size of your hands also matters; it would give you a harder time grasping a cue whose butt is wider if your hands are smaller. If you do not have a specific style preference, then have either one or both.
Again, the suitability of a pool cue is entirely up to the individual. The best bet is to visit a local pool game bar and practice holding and playing with different sticks. Observe how they feel in your hand, and how much of a spin they give you. Once you get the right feel, then you can proceed to make a purchase.
Finally, don’t forget to pick a quality pool cue case to protect your cues when they are not in use.