Pool cues are not a single-size-fits all option. When purchasing a new cue, there are several attributes that should fall into consideration before making a final decision. These traits of a pool cue differ between brands and types of cue. When choosing a new pool cue, the taper, tip, weight, and length will all play into the best cue for a particular player and their style.
The taper describes the change in thickness of the cue. When shopping for a pool cue, note that three taper types exist – standard, professional, and double.
Standard taper has the thickest portion about a foot from the end and the thinnest at the ferrule. The thickness tapers gradually down from the end to the tip.
A pro taper does not thicken for the foot above the tip. After that distance, it will start to thicken toward the end of the cue.
Lastly, the double taper is thin at the end, thickens gradually but thins again toward the middle, which has the narrowest diameter. Above this middle portion, the cue thickens again. This double tapering design requires a deft hand because its weight does not have the same distribution as a standard cue. However, this type of taper provides for more delicate shots.
The tip may be hard or soft. Softer tips may feel better during play, but they wear out with each game. Worn tips will change the play of the ball with each game. Harder tips last longer before they need replacing. However, some people do not like the feel of playing with a hard tip. Exceptionally hard or glazed tips will not hold onto chalk properly.
The weight of a cue is an entirely personal choice. For both playing and breaking, the player needs to easily move the cue without difficulty.
When it comes to breaking, the force generated by the cue relates to the force exerted by the arm of the player, the cue’s weight, and the cue’s speed. Some people can move heavier cues fast enough for breaking. Other people can generate more speed with a lighter cue to achieve similar breaking results.
If in doubt, a 19-ounce cue provides a good starting point for exploring preferred cue weights. Once a player chooses the desired weight, they shouldn’t change from that choice with subsequent cue purchases.
While a standard pool cue measures 58 to 59 inches long, people who are shorter or taller than average may have difficulty using this standard size. Tall people over 6’4″ or those with long arms may prefer a longer cue that balances their play. Shorter people may also want longer cues to avoid needing to use a mechanical bridge during play.
When choosing the length, sizes longer than the standard will also have a different weight distribution. The balance point will change as the cue gets longer. Those accustomed to playing with longer cues should continue to do so. However, new players may want to start with a standard length of a pool cue.
Get a New Pool Cue and Service at A&C Billiards and Barstools
At A&C Billiards and Barstools, we offer a range of pool cues and services for them. Those who need a new pool cue will find a variety that includes several sizes, prices, and styles. For those who only need repairs on the cue they currently use, we provide cue services. These offerings include cleaning and ferrule or tip replacement.