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What Players Want To Know About Woods Cues

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1. Something about woods cues


Almost all cue manufacturers have always agreed that the maple's shaft is the most suitable wood for cues.

Once It uses birch, purple heart, and other woods as the shaft but there is no comparison.

Maple is more suitable for woods cues.

People in Europe often use English ash as pool cue wood, and ash is rarely used on fancy cues.

There are two types of maple: Soft Maple and Hard Maple.

Soft maple is not suitable for cutting.

People divide Hard maple into two types: Sugar Maple and Two Black Maple.

Workers use the sugar maple to make the fancy cue, also known as Rock Maple, Hard Rock Maple or Canadian White Maple centipede.

Acer saccharum Marshall, this maple is distributed between North America and Canada, about north of New York, southern Michigan, and near Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

The material for the shaft of a good cue is produced in the northeastern United States (the junction of the United States and Canada).

The texture of the pole is ash, and the texture of the pole is maple.

Behind the cue is sandalwood.

Good pool cue wood is older.

The selection of high-end cues is very demanding.

A large tree with a height of several tens of meters only exists in the middle of the tree, and the wood between the bark and the heart of the tree is ideal.

Because this part of the wood is scarce, it is precious.

The handle of high-end professional cues is sandalwood.

Because sandalwood has very high hardness and high density, the weight of the same volume is much higher than maple and ash.

Therefore, the weight of the rear cue is moderate, which can make the front stick more elastic.


2. Grain


There are two types of hard maple wood grains.

People use the straighter grains to make the shaft cut, while the other curved and bird's eye grains to make the butt of the cue.

Workers should consider the following three basic requirements when making the hard maple before cutting: A, the texture must be straight B, the texture must be consistent C, and the texture must be tight.

A. The texture should be straight: if pool cue wood texture is very straight along the entire length of the shaft.

B. The texture should be consistent: For example, the wood texture is symmetrical and the spacing is consistent.

A and B are the most basic requirements of most grain manufacturers for wood grain.

In particular, the length of 15 to 45 cm from the bottom of the head is one of the standard methods of selecting the wood.

This method can prevent the shaft cut from turning after a while, and it is better to play.

C. Grain should be tight: For example, the wood texture of the front section should be closely arranged at the front section width.

In the case of maple, the annual rings range from 4 to 32 annual rings per inch.

More annual rings indicate that the wood is older and grows slowly in the colder climate of the north.

Yes, but at least 8 annual rings per inch can be used to make the shaft cut.

Most cue manufacturers believe that wood with tighter grains is usually denser and heavier, and the heavier shaft is lighter and the shaft is thicker.

Hence, most cue manufacturers require the shaft weight to be at least 4 ounce.

It is heavy, but some manufacturers object.

They do not agree that a tight forward line will be hard, and a forward line that is too hard may not be good.

It depends on the user ’s habit.

But the only thing that is the same is that just A, straight B, and consistent wood can make good forward cuts.


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3. Color


The color of the forward cut ranges from close to white to light brown.

Most of the shaft cuts are from the part of the tree core to the bark, not the part of the tree core.

The color of the forward cut wood will be affected by factors such as the growing environment, the cutting season and drying method, etc.

Generally, the woodcut in summer may cause dark sugar lines, and it will be affected by high temperatures.

This phenomenon will be more significant especially after cutting.

Besides, if the wood is often wet by rain after felling, the color of the wood will be darkened.

Winter harvesting will avoid the above problems.

Quick dehumidification and vacuum drying are the best methods for treating wood in a short time.

The drying method will not only darken the wood color but also damage the wood cell structure, which will eventually lead to poor quality and worse performance.

Some cue manufacturers believe that the whiter forward cutting wood is the result of proper felling and drying treatment.

The white's forefront is usually more popular among consumers.

But some operators do not think the forward cutting color is an important factor in selecting forward cutting.


4. Clarity


The primary landscaping consideration of forwarding wood is neat and clear.

Stripe, speck or other appearance defects will appear on most maples, but the impact on the real impact ability is small in terms of these defects.

However, these minor disadvantages will be covered by cue chalk, hand sweat, and hand oil after long-term use by users.

Besides, some cues choose the highest maple to meet the requirements of customers in the European market, the Asian market, and the US domestic market.

Some handmade cues have a pre-bid price of more than $300.

It grows slowly and only a small area of ​​production in the northern climate is extremely difficult to obtain.

This phenomenon will lead to two results.

First, the consumer will pay a high price to obtain it.

Second, the front-end wood with a slightly speckled texture will be selected.


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5.1. Species of woods cues: Platanus centifolia cues


Platanus centifolia, produced in Europe and then introduced to the United States, Myanmar and other places as landscape trees.

The logs are produced in Europe and later introduced to the United States, Myanmar, and other places.

Workers collect the logs in Europe, which can be used as timber.

The logs have a large diameter, but they have many flaws.

It's difficult to obtain this material. The internal wood is yellowish or reddish.

Workers cut it through special angles.

And the wood grain shows a snake-skin pattern, which is clear and delicate.


5.2. Species of woods cues: ash and maple cues


Ash and Maple, Ash is hard, while maple is more flexible.

Most snooker cues are ash because the snooker table is large and the cue with high hardness is more stable when hitting long-distance balls.

We often use maple cues to play nine-ball.

This is because the nine-ball table is relatively small, the ball is large and the speed is fast, and the hitting characteristics are different from snooker.


5.3. Species of woods cues: ebony cues


Sulawesi ebony, nicknamed Indonesian ebony, belongs to the striped ebony.

People call it Ebony.

Ebony has no special odor and taste, slow drying and easy cracking.

This kind of wood is difficult to handle with antisepsis.

It has a shiny and structured texture.

Drying is slow, easy to crack and deform.

Although the density of Indonesian ebony is a bit lower than African ebony, it is more stable than African ebony.

After making this material into a cue, it is no need to paint it.

This cue has a strong oil absorption ability and feels good.

Pool Cue Accessories

Pool Cue Accessories You May Need

If you already have a pool cue, what other pool cue accessories do you need?

I think not only rubber bumpers, cue tip, and Delrin joint protector but also 3 finger gloves, cue chalk, cue case, shaft slicker cloth cleaner tool, and tip tapper are necessary.

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1.One of pool cue accessories – 3 finger gloves

I prefer to wear only one glove (because my hands are sweaty when I am excited).

Wearing on the right or left hand depends on you are right-handed or left-handed.

However, gloves should fit your hand nicely.

Allowing the cue stick to glide smoothly while easily maintaining control is also important.

Two pairs of 3 finger gloves are must-have billiards equipment for a pool player who frequently enters different ball rooms where sometimes cue chalk may be unavailable.

Delivering the cue is confusing.

We want to minimize the friction between the cue and the bridge while we need this friction to confirm the comfortable feel (emphasize the firmness of the bridge by pressing the forefinger into the cloth).

So, if the weather is humid or your hands are sweaty, I think you will get more than your money’s worth on this front.

2.One of pool cue accessories – cue chalk

Its main components are calcium carbonate (limestone) and calcium sulfate (gypsum), or a little calcium oxide.

Cue chalk coats the cue tips to increase the friction between the cue and the ball.

This will enhance the spin of the ball and avoids miscues. That’s when cue chalk comes in handy.

Now the most common pool table chalk for playing billiards is divided into two categories.

One is light green which is relative scattered and there is more powder falling off when rubbing.

We call this kind of cue chalk “powder chalk”.

The other is blue.

It is not easy to drop the powder when rubbing and it is also longer when the cue head is stuck.

We call this kind of pool chalk “oily chalk”.

Although it is oily, there is no oil inside.

Both of them are made of powder and glue, but the “oily chalk” has much more glue.

We can prevent the slider with the help of cue chalk.

But two kinds of cue chalk affect the tip differently.

Using powder lets you force easily. It is suitable for players to play ball without strong rotation.

Oily chalk can make the tip to be more suitable for playing the rotating ball.

However, if it is forceful, it is not as good as the “powder chalk”.

Everyone can choose them according to their own delivery characteristics.

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Because it is very easy for the powder chalk to drop powder.

Generally, every time you hit a shot, you have to re-smear it once and the amount that you smear is much.

Therefore, the billiard hall offers players “oil chalk” generally.

However, because “oily chalk” obtains more gelatin, the glue will penetrate the head through the tip.

This will easily deform the cue head.

Deformation isn’t a matter in a twinkle, it is a long-term thing. So what kind of pool cue accessories do we need?

So, u can choose your favorite pool chalk. It isn’t an important thing. Follow your heart.

3.One of pool cue accessories – cue case

The main function of the pool cue case is to effectively store the pool cue and the cue doesn’t deform in the cue case.

Storage should be intact.

The cue case is made of natural wood.

A good pool cue case is hand-made and will not be painted in order to ensure smooth.

We should keep it away from water and dryness, especially in pubs with pool tables.

Even the best wood stick can’t withstand moisture and dryness.

So, it’s important for a good cue case to keep moisture and anti-drying.

Removing dirt and oil from your cue shaft is necessary.

Slip the shaft slicker over the cue shaft and wipe it up and down.

Polish your shaft for smooth comfortable delivery.

Your cue should place in the cue case or pool stick bag tightly and it should not be shaken.

Once it shakes, it is easy to damage the cue shaft during the carrying process.

A good pool cue case should be made of hard and lightweight materials, which even bear the weight of one person.

Of course, aluminum alloys are expensive, so we can choose rigid plastic or wood materials.

4.One of the accessories – shaft slicker cloth cleaner tool

If pool cues are dirty, what we should select to clean?

Selecting 75% alcohol or 99% anhydrous alcohol?

Some people say that 75% of alcohol contains water, which deforms the cue easily.

Another 99% anhydrous alcohol is not good, because it will make your cue yellow.

Which ratio of alcohol is better?

There is no matter how much alcohol concentration is, I prefer to avoid using it.

Alcohol will take away the moisture in the shaft. Over time, the wood of your shaft will change.

The most common method is to wipe it with a very soft towel.

After wiping it clean, wipe it off with a completely dry towel, and remove the water.

Apply oil onto cue with a paper towel, leave overnight to soak in, buff cue with a clean paper towel until smooth and dry until no residue is visible on a clean cloth.

If you don’t mind if the color gets darker, it’s okay to wipe it with a dry cloth.

In addition, it is also wrong for some people to use toothpaste when cleaning the cue.

Generally, the toothpaste contains fine particles, which will scratch cue and cause invisible damage to your cue.

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5.One of accessories – tapper/ scuffer/ trimmer/aerator

To get a better shot each time, u may need pool cue accessories such as a tip tapper/scuffer/trimmer/aerator.

They are often several in one and these tools should easily fit in your pocket.

Shaping the cue tip then it will hold chalk better and help to avoid miscues.

Tapper side of the bowtie is to simply roughen up the surface of the tip so cue chalk will adhere to the tip.

Aerator’s feature is to slightly break up the surface of the tip when it is new or it has been compressed after using for a while, so it will hold more chalk.


The Differences U Should Know Between Snooker Cue And Pool Cue

On the whole, pool and snooker are all considered “billiards”:

The snooker cue and pool cue are different.

Billiards is the games played indoors with cues and spherical balls on a flat surface.

Then pool billiards and snooker billiards are all considered “billiards”.

The snooker cue is thinner while the pool cue is thicker.

In fact, the pool is a version of Billiards on a table with ‘pockets’ to ‘pot’ the balls in and billiards have no ‘pockets’ and the point is to make all the balls move in a single strike.

According to their use, the current cues can roughly divide into two categories: the snooker cue and the pool cue.

Types of the pool cue and snooker cue:

The average length of pool cues and snooker cues is around 57-59 inches in length, divided into three main types.

The simplest type is just a cue. These are usually stored in the pool hall for public use.

They have a uniform taper, which means that their diameter from the butt end to tip decreases evenly.

The second is a two-piece cue, usually in a cue case or small bag, separated in the middle for easy transportation.

The third is the other two-piece cue, but 3/4 under the cue (usually 12 inches or 16 inches from the butt of the cue), a joint used by snooker billiards players. They call it “3/4 two-pieces.”

Type1(pool cue):

A two-piece pool cue with glass fiber or a phenolic resin ferrule is made of hard maple, is usually 59 inches in length.

It usually weighs 17 to 21 ounces, and I prefer 19 ounces.

The diameter of the tip is about 12-14 millimeters.

And the taper makes the diameter of the shaft gradually reduces from tip to butt end.

Most of the manufactured high-quality cues are mass-produced.

Pool cue factory has increasingly used modern materials in the shaft, such as glass fibers, carbon fibers, aluminum, and so on.

We have known the standard size for a pool cue is around 59 inches in length, but usually, tip type is as important as cue size.

A soft tip will let you feel the cue when it strikes the ball.

Some pool players prefer hard tips because they are durable.

Type2(snooker cue):

About 57–58 inches in length, cues designed for snooker are usually shorter than the typical 59-inch pool cue.

A snooker cue has dismountable butt extensions for making the cue 6 inches longer.

Snooker cues are cleverly jointed with brass or stainless steel fittings, 2⁄3 or even 3⁄4 of the way back toward the butt bumper, providing a remarkably long shaft.

This needs an unusually long cue case.

We know snooker cues are usually 0.33 – 0.41 mm in diameter.

The thickness ensures that you will get more accuracy when you play billiards.

This diameter is smaller than the pool cue.

Snooker cues’ butt is usually flat on one side.

Then players can lay the cue on the pool table flat.

The flat part of cue’s butt helps the player keep a unique way of holding snooker cue, consistent on each shot for uniform stroke (snooker requires much more precision than the pool).

Snooker cue weights vary between 16 and 18 oz.

While a lighter cue is usually for beginners to develop the correct technique.

Some professional snooker players prefer lighter cues (15 – 16 1/2 oz.).

The balance point of a snooker cue is usually 16 to 18 inches from the butt end.

Pool cue and snooker cue, which feels good:

The hitting point is accurate because the snooker cue has a small tip.

It is most suitable for playing snooker while the absolute strength is slightly worse.

The nine-ball(pool cue) head is larger, which is suitable for playing big ball although the hitting point is not as good as a small tip.

The pool sticks are strong and elastic, and they can make a strong spin.

Different crafts:

The snooker cue is mostly made of ash or maple in the first half while the high hardness sandalwood is in the second half.

The second half is roughly a few pieces of wood stitching or pure sandalwood.

The pool cue is mostly made of maple in the first half while high-quality solid wood is in the second half.

We can roughly divide the cues into water standard cues, plain surface cues, and mosaic cues according to their patterns.

Few tips:

If you are a beginner, I will suggest a snooker cue for you.

It can be suitable for pool eight ball and snooker billiards.

Moreover, practicing snooker will make a huge leap in your accuracy.

Of course, you still choose a pool cue if you play 9-ball.

By the way, some top nine-ball masters used to be snooker players.

According to the position of the connecting ring, the snooker divides into three types: 1/2, 3/4, and one-piece cue.

The 3/4 and the center of gravity of the pass cue are relatively backward.

Because the front half is longer, there is a need for higher quality wood.

And relatively the price is more expensive.

Many people who specialize in snooker prefer this cue.

The only drawback is that it is a little inconvenient to carry.

All in all, whether we call it pool cue or snooker cue, preparing a pool cue is one of the most important things you need to do before playing pool billiards.

When you already have a new pool table, you may have got a few cues included with that table.

However, these cues may begin falling apart pretty quickly.

A suitable cue will let you play at home or at pool halls.

For optimal hitting results, you can even make it yourself.

Choosing Pool Cue Tips

Important Tips On Choosing A Pool Cue

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1.Types of pool cue

The first thing to do is to decide whether to buy a pool cue or a snooker cue.

The cue is usually divided into snooker cues (small heads:0.35~0.4inches) and pool cues (big heads:0.47~0.51inches).

Click here to know more differences about them.

Each one has its own characteristics, which depends on your habit.

Pool cues are generally divided into single-piece and 3/4 piece. 3/4 piece is more and more popular because of its convenience.

The single-piece is in the pursuit of ultimate force.

It’s true that its force transmission effect has gradually caught up with a one piece with the continuous improvement of the 3/4 piece.

Now the difference is not obvious.

Relatively a nine cue requires small basic skills and effort because of its thickness (this from players cue😊).

Different cues have different prices. You will know the pool sticks’ price by clicking here.

2.The appearance of pool cue

The appearance of the pool cue is usually not related to the quality level of the cue.

It can be said that there is no grain for the maple cue because the grain is very inconspicuous.

The grain of your cue is less, it is more beautiful.

For the ash cue, its’ front positive arrow is clear and the arrow is even.

Keep in mind that the exterior is just cool and the aesthetic varies from person to person (uh-huh? You need cool pool sticks).

Just like some people prefer pink pool cue. Just like Higgins likes the cue with a frontal arrow.

The pool stick in a women's hand

3.Weight of your pool cue

What measures the suitable weight is the impulse to play billiards when you pick up your sticks.

The weight of pool sticks for beginners is 18 ounces according to the International Billiards Association.

However, it depends on personal preference and pool cue parts. Your choice can be a fluctuation in this range. Ladies’ pool cues and kids’ pool cue can be light.


The standard length of the pool stick is 57 inches.

If you have special requirements for your own style of play, you can choose custom cues according to your height, arm length, and power characteristics.

However, the common brand does not provide cues with special specifications.

You may need a custom cue and it is expensive.

I recommend using the universal 57 inches because the grip position can be chosen by yourself.

You can use a cue holder if you choose short pool cues.

5.The diameter of the pool cue

It is widely known that most of the performance of a pool table cue lies in the shaft and the first six inches are especially important.

The diameter of the first six inches is 0.37-0.4 inches. The diameter of the butt end is generally 1.1-1.18 inches.

Cue chalk is more necessary for thin cue and the thick tip is stable for long distances.

I believe the small tip is more suitable for snooker.

Under the premise of not considering the loss and bearing capacity, the fine point of the cue tip is more precise and the point of the cue ball is more delicate.

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6.The craft of pool sticks

Usually speaking, I treat the cue with raw linsead oil once a month.

During play, if the cue becomes sticky, just wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth and buff dry.

Apply oil onto cue with a paper towel, leave overnight to soak in, buff cue with a clean paper towel until smooth and dry until no residue is visible on a clean cloth.

Don’t try to sandpaper the cue, as it removes the protective sealer on the shaft leaving bare wood and gradually wears away the cue shaft.

Then wipe with a clean paper towel and dry and buff.

Finally, put your cue into the billiard cue case.

Usually, the maple cue is softer than the eurya cue and oak cue.

Furthermore, I offer a smattering of knowledge about hardness.

The denser the decorative pattern is, the harder the pool cue is.

Snooker sticks made from high-grade wood usually wipe the wood surface with cue oil without using lacquer.

In the past, there was a saying that the new stick had to be polished to a layer of lacquer.

That idea results from the technical level of the stick were poor or the quality of the selected wood was poor and the wood could not be stabilized after molding.

It was necessary to apply a layer of lacquer to fix the wood.

It is conceivable that the lacquered stick smashed the hand and lost the best elasticity of wood.

I can say it’s really a bad pool cue.

Finally, take your cue (where to buy pool cues) and welcome to the house of billiards!

Some mistakes you may have:

Some mistakes you may have

1.Look at the wood grain before choosing the pool cue

Taper determines the texture of your pool cue. The larger the cutting angle (taper) is, the straighter the arrow is.

The selection of pool cue may come from the trunk portion of a tree, the bark portion, the root portion of the tree, the crown portion or even the branch portion.

Good cues are quite picky about the selection of materials. Usually, only the middle of the trunk is close to the bark.

In the part of the skin, the maximum balance of the wood in this part satisfies the requirements for the hardness and elasticity of the cue.

So the cue is not easily deformed.

If you choose a pool cue made of wood branches unfortunately.

Regardless of how good the texture of your cue is, it is still difficult to avoid deformation.

Now some brands have poor cue lines, which is because they reduce the taper in order to save more precious materials.

2.Maple cues are better than ash cues

Many friends think that the maple cue is elastic and has better performance than the ash cue.

As a matter of fact, ash also has good elasticity, good toughness, stability and it is not easily deformed.

The elasticity of maple is better than ash in some respects.

However, this does not mean that any maple cue has better performance than ash cue.

Maple is affected by the weather and white wax cue has strong adaptability.

Under different temperature and humidity conditions, the performance of maple cue has some slight fluctuations and the difficulty of control increases accordingly.

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3.Use small copper mouth and mushroom-shaped leather head to increase the accuracy of hitting

Many friends like to choose a copper cap with a smaller diameter when choosing a cue.

The most common pool cue size is to use 0.35 or 0.37inches, even some people ask for a smaller copper cap.

They have to repair a mushroom-shaped leather tip after buying it.

Actually many friends think that the tip is smaller, the shot is more accurate.

This is wrong.

Rotating the white ball is easier with the smaller tip.

Because it is difficult for you to hit the center of the white ball stably.

The spin of the white ball is absolutely influential for accuracy.

The mushroom tip is a technique that is invented to make up for the small tip.

The mushroom tip is incapable of congenital conditions (big head and small bottom).

In the performance of force transmission especially the return force, it is not as good as the traditional leather.

Therefore, a friend who plays snooker may wish to try the 0.37inches cue head.

Most of the professional players’ heads are also in this range.

4.The heavier the pool cue is, the faster the billiards spin

The weight of the cue can indeed increase the impulse of the cue’s strike while the strength of the spin depends more on the integrity and penetration of the force.

If the ball is too heavy in comparison with the strength of the ball, your cue will affect the stability of the hand when delivering cue.

It is difficult to control the accuracy of the shot.

5.The longer the pool cue is, the more stable when you play pool billiards

Long cues can’t improve the stability of the shot, even reduce it.

Because you would seem to break the cue stick when the cue is too long.

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