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.”
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.
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 8.5 – 10.5 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.
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.
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 nine-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 pass 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.