Billiard Cues

Written by Tadashi Moody
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In all the main forms of modern billiards--American pool, English snooker, and carom billiards--the cue or cue stick is really the only equipment that carries directly over from one game to the other. One can use the same cue stick to play any version. While most billiards establishments or pool halls in the United States will have mostly pool tables, some have snooker or carom tables as well, and the corresponding balls. But the cues are the same for all games.

No matter which game you are playing, having your own billiard cue will allow you to take your game to a whole new level. Do not make the mistake of thinking that a personal cue stick will turn you from a poor billiards player into a star overnight. Nothing replaces the skill that comes from many hours of practice and countless games played. The equipment does not make the player.

But once you have mastered the many basic and intermediate skills required, you may be ready to graduate from grabbing any-old-house-cue to walking in with your very own personal pool weapon of choice. A recreational or occasional player may never notice that the cue he or she grabs off the rack is two ounces heavier than the one they used last time. It may not cross their mind that the tip needs to be re-shaped or that the shaft isn't perfectly straight. But for the advanced player whose play rests on accuracy and consistency, these issues become important.

The Advantages of Having Your Own Billiards Cue

The advantages are many. Having your own billiards cue will afford you a consistency of play that only comes with using the same equipment over and over again. Like many other games of skill, the less a player has to think about while performing, the more likely he is to perform well. With your own custom billiards cue, the weight, the balance, the feel of the grip and the hit will be the same each night. And with so many choices in design, your own cue can add a touch of class to your game.

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