You surely love your pool cue stick! After all, you have put a lot of time, effort, and money in searching for a cue stick that finally got in sync with you. The feel of its balance and weight in your hand, and its design and style are all like a perfect match for you and your game. Together you’re the dynamic duo, winning matches and having fun. Now that you have spent all that time and energy in finding your perfect match, you must be thinking about protecting it with the best pool cue case available out there.
A wide range of pool cue cases are available in the market depending on their size and type. But, there are some questions that boggles your mind and you feel undecided about which one to focus on: Does it fit your cue appropriately? Does it put any pressure on the cue? Does it keep it straight? And, can you insert the cue in your cue case from its either side? In fact, you should keep all these things in mind while searching for a pool cue case for your cue stick.
Let’s talk about the things that can help to decide on the best pool cue case for you:
The Size of the Case
These are the different size quotients for the cue cases: 1*1, 1*2, 2*2, 2*3, 2*4, 3*3, 3*5, 3*7, 4*6, and so on. A 1*1 simply stands for one tube for the butt, and the other tube for the shaft. Likewise, a 2*3 implies for two butt tubes, and three shaft tubes. If you are a beginner, or you take your game just as a hobby, a 1*1 size is good enough for you. But if you want to take your game to the next level by practicing on high performance shafts, you should go for a 1*2 or 2*3/4 type which will allow you more space to keep different types of sticks and a variety of high-performance shafts in it.
The Level of Protection
There are mainly three types of pool cases available in the market for your varying needs.
The Soft Case: The fact that they are made up of mainly nylon, vinyl, or leather is what makes them soft and flexible. The nylon will give a softer sense of touch on your back while you carry them. Also, if you are a person who likes to open the case up, see his cues, pull them out, you should go for a soft case. Another good thing about a soft case is that it is the cheapest. But, being flexible, they may not be able to keep your cues safe from bending or warping, though they are good enough to save them from moisture.
The Hard Case: They are tube like cases generally made up of leather with sturdy finishing. They will not let your sticks to bend unless high degree of force is applied. They provide full protection to the cues from bending or warping, and from scratches. They contain tubes which keep the sticks safe from moisture. If you’re a person who keeps traveling frequently, you must be carrying a hard case for a better level of protection to your cues.
The Box Case: The primary reason for buying these types of cases is that they look very nice, almost like a briefcase completed with latch style fasteners. Also, they are made up of a range of items from aircraft aluminium to wood with leather finish which provides them the strength to keep the cues safe from almost all kinds of hits and pressures. They are the costliest ones, as they give a fully professional look and feel. So, if you are a pro who keeps traveling through states and countries for your game, you must keep these boxes for highest safety levels for your cues.
Aesthetic & Style
You can find any type of styles, designs, and colors when shopping for a pool cue case. From a wooden box style with graphical linings, to leather cases with elegant stitching, or you can also have your initials engraved on the cases. Straps should be also taken care of. They must be the removable ones. Also, side straps tend to be more comfortable to carry than center straps. Find a case style that not only complements the look of your cue stick but also provides comfort.
A quality pool cue case might have some extra storage space like pouches to keep accessories like tip picks, and chalks. Some people also like to carry other items like bobby pins, sponsor patches, and Kleenex with them. You don’t know when you’re going to need them. So choose a case that accommodates your storage needs.
Other Things to Look for
Function or Fashion: Leather boxes look stylish, but they can get scratches if not taken care of. Soft boxes are made up of vinyl, hence lighter and easy on pocket.
Joint Protectors: Joint protectors will protect the only moving part on your cue, the joint. Joint protectors protect the pin of the cue butt from any accidental side pressure blows, keeping your cue pin straight and accurate.
Expense: You should remain true to your pocket when considering for a pool cue case. Try to buy what you really require. Avoid spending just for the look, because beauty doesn’t always ensure protection.
A&C Billiards & Barstools offers a range of pool cue cases with a variety of design and styles that will make your pool kit safe, stylish and complete.