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:9~10mm) and pool cues (big heads:12~13mm).
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-pole and 3/4 pole. 3/4 pole is more and more popular because of its convenience. The single-pole is in the pursuit of ultimate force.
It’s true that its force transmission effect has gradually caught up with a single pole with the continuous improvement of the 3/4 pole. 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.
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.
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 customization 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 9.5-10mm. The diameter of the butt end is generally 28-30 mm.
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.
6.The craft of pool sticks
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：
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.
3.Use small copper mouth and mushroom-shaped leather head to increase the accuracy of hitting
Many friends like to choose a copper mouth with a smaller diameter when choosing a cue. The most common pool cue size is to use 9.5mm or 9mm, even some people ask for a smaller copper mouth.
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 9.5mm 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.