Pool Sticks For Sale

Written by Tadashi Moody
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Many billiards equipment retailers, both brick and mortar and online, have a wide array of pool sticks for sale. In fact there are so many on the market today, it can be overwhelming for a new player to try to decipher what is important when choosing a personal or custom pool cue. Much of the jargon that you will read refers to artistic design elements of a cue, and has little to do with play characteristics. Let's familiarize ourselves with some of these terms, so when you are looking at cue sticks you can make an informed decision.

The Forearm and Butt Sleeve: Where Most Pool Stick Design Work Is Done

First of all, most or all of the artistic work on a cue is done on the butt end, or the half closest to your swing hand (rear hand). The portion of the cue where it is gripped with your swing hand will often have a wrap, which is simply linen thread spooled to create a comfortable hold. The portion of the cue stick between the wrap and the joint is called the forearm. The portion between the wrap and cap at the very bottom of the cue is called the butt sleeve. The forearm and butt sleeve are where much of the design work is done.

The forearm and butt sleeve are often made of exotic woods such as cocobolo or birdseye maple. These woods can be stained to create different effects. The term inlay refers to materials embedded into either the forearm or butt sleeve. These can be exotic woods like ebony, precious metals or gems like mother of pearl, or other materials. The most common types of inlays are points, which are the triangle-shaped inlays pointing forward from the wrap. Interestingly, points serve a practical as well as decorative purpose, strengthening the forearm and helping prevent warping.

Another component that has dual purposes is the finish. It not only highlights the artistic work of the cue maker, but it protects the cue from the elements, temperature and moisture, which can affect your cue over time. Be sure to choose a finish that is durable. Knowing the jargon will help you decipher the important from unimportant when looking for pool sticks.


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