Shooting pool is a fun and exhilarating experience, but only if you have the right cue stick. Playing pool with a crooked stick or one lacking a tip is frustrating and can cost you many games.
To improve your skills and have the most amount of fun on the pool table, use the right stick. Here are six factors to consider to find the right cue stick.
Type of Tip. Determine whether to buy a soft-, medium- or hard-tip cue stick. Medium-tip sticks are recommended for most players. These sticks provide the perfect balance for a Spin or English without compromising ball control.
Length and Size. The most common pool cue stick length is 58 inches. This length is suitable for anyone between 5’0 and 5’8. If you are slightly taller, get a longer cue stick, perhaps a 58-inch one.
Weight. Most cue sticks weigh either 19 ounces or 20 ounces. As a beginner player, you want a lighter stick. Therefore, go for a 17-ounces stick. You can later get a heavier stick as you improve your shooting skills.
Wrap Type. Most cue sticks are wrapped with either linen or nylon. These materials provide a good grip and prevent the hands from sliding when you’re aiming or shooting. If you have sweaty hands, get a cue stick made from either of these two materials.
Joint Type. Check the joint that connects the butt and the shaft of the cue. Most sticks are connected by 5/16 x 14.5/16 x 18, and Uni-Loc. The type of joint of the cue stick will be important when it comes to upgrading the bottom butt. Therefore, you want a stick that has a common joint pint.
Cost. You should have a budget in mind before starting to shop for a cue stick. Generally, expect to spend from $100 to $150 for a decent stick. Intermediate and advanced players looking for a stick that can enable different tricks such as the Spin should go for a Low Deflection pool cue (costs $150 and up).
Follow the six tips above to find the right pool stick for you.