So, you’re ready to pick out your first, very own personal pool cue and not sure what to do?
That’s why we’re here.
Check out our tips on choosing the perfect cue to suit your individual style and taste. The right pool cue can make a huge difference in your game.
Test, Test & Test
First things first.
You need to get some pool practice time with several different styles and weights of cues.
If you haven’t played at least a few games of pool, it will help you immensely to try out a variety of cues.
While you are playing, take note of how each cue feels in your hands.
- Is it comfortable to hold and to strike with?
- Does it feel too light or too heavy in your hands?
- Does it feel too long or too short?
Each time you play with a different cue, ask yourself these questions and choosing your personal cue will be much easier and effective.
What’s the Price?
Now that you have a better idea of what sort of cue you prefer, it is time to consider how much you want to spend.
Cues these days can go for as little as a few bucks to a few thousand bucks.
Obviously, if you are just starting out and are looking to play for recreation, we would recommend spending no more than a couple hundred dollars.
This price range will provide you with plenty of materials and styles to choose from, and trust us…they are a good sight better than those ratty cues at your favorite bar.
Take a look at the cues available in that price range. Pool cues come in several regulation lengths: 48″, 52″, 57″, and 60″.
Cues weigh between 17 and 21 ounces (between approx. 482 and 595 grams) and have a 12 to 14-millimeter diameter tip.
Most cues have a 13 mm diameter tip.
Pick out the ones you really like and check them out. Are there any obvious flaws such as knicks, chips, dents, bubbles, ferrule to shaft bumps, or warping? Is there a weight bolt under the bumper of the cue for weight adjustments?.
If you chose a cue that has any immediate visual flaws, discard them right away. For the ones you have left that appear to be in good shape, now is the test of playability.
Just hit off a bunch of different types of shots (don’t bother trying to pocket the ball). Try a few soft shots and then a few harder shots to see if you like the feedback the cue gives you when you shoot.
During the harder shots, listen for rattling in the butt of the cue. If there is any sort of rattle, you could be looking at a loose weight bolt or a flawed cue. In either case, we would keep looking.
Please keep in mind that even though you bought this to be your personal cue, it doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.
If, during the time you play with your new cue, you notice things you really like or dislike when it comes to your cue’s performance–make note of them. You can always get a new cue that is even more tailored to your needs and your style because you know what you want the more you play.
If you have any questions or need some advice on choosing the right pool cue for you, just ask a pimp!