With this beginning phase of re-opening there’s a questions to ask. Are you someone who loves playing pool? If you are, you know the importance of a good cue. The cue has come a long way in design over the centuries. Originally called a mace, it was a curved wooden or metal head attached to a narrow handle that was used to push the ball forward.
The Art of Engineering
Today’s cue stick is an act in the art of engineering. Now a five piece work of art, we can see just how far the design has advanced.
A variety of woods are used in the making of of pool cue. The choice of wood will determine whether the cue will be hard or soft hitting. Most hard hitting cues use ebony, cocobolo or fiberglass. Softwoods like rosewood or maple are thought useful for maintaining consistency with your shots.
The Parts of a Pool Cue
Pool Cue Tip: This is the part of the cue that actually comes in contact with the ball. It’s the most important part of the cue. Your performance depends on it. Again you may choose different hardness levels as well as different sizes. The most common size is 12mm with the max being 14-15mm. Once again the hardness is up to you – but it’s thought again, that a softer tip will give you better control of your shot.
The Ferrule: This is a small but mighty part of the cue. This small piece not only reinforces the tip but also helps to reduce the vibrations felt when making your shot. Unless you are a circuit championship player, the ferrule is a standard piece with two colour choices.
The Shaft: The shaft is the long piece of the two piece pool cue. Usually made of wood, you may find shafts formed in fiberglass as well.
Joint Collar: A small but very important part of your cue. This small piece provides the stability needed while shooting the ball. With a weak joint collar the likelihood of having your shot dropped is high. Look for hardened steel in this part.
The Wrap: This is an option. Many players love the feel of the natural wood in their hand while others find a wrapping of leather helps hold the cue firmly with more comfort.
The Bumper: This last part of a cue stick is made of rubber. The rubber helps to absorb the shock of hitting the ball. It also protects the cue from damaging the table edges or felt.
Just How Tall Are You?
Check the length of cue that feels comfortable to you. Generally chosen is the 58” cue. However, if you’re very tall, over 6’2” this may not be the choice for you.
It's all About the Weight
Feeling the weight of a pool cue is as important as the weight of a good knife handle. With the average choice being between 17-21 ounces, many players start at 19 ounces then change if necessary.
Choosing whether to wrap or not again, is totally a personal decision. If you do choose to wrap – rubber is often not the best choice. It may become quite slippery if your hands tend to sweat.
Regardless of what sort of pool cue you might intend to purchase, the recommendation is to use a variety of house cues until you feel comfortable with one in your hand.
Introducing Alliance Billiards
Alliance Billiards on Bell Farm Road has all the cues to choose from and many tables as well. Enjoy getting back to the basics – Head over to Alliance Billiards.
Once your game is over maybe enjoy a cold one on the patio with some really great “pub grub”
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott