Professional Pool Cues

Written by Tadashi Moody
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The term "professional pool cue" is a bit misleading. I say this because, unlike the equipment for some other sports, there are no pool cues which are more difficult to play with, or which require an expert user. In snow skiing, for example, some skis are designed with the expert skier in mind, and a novice simply won't be able to control them well. But in pool, a high performance cue will improve the game of all but the most novice of players.

A well made personal cue does several important things for any regular player. First, it provides a consistency of feel, so that little variations in quality and condition of house cues can be factored out. Over time, as a player gets used to a particular cue, he or she will play better with it. Secondly, a high quality cue can reduce the occurrence of miscues with higher quality tips and a shaft construction that absorbs deflection. Finally, a player can choose a cue with a weight and fore-to-aft balance point that fits him or her best.

Professional Pool Cues Can Make the Difference

When a player rises to the professional stage, however, a high performance cue becomes vital. This is because at that level of play, everyone is highly skilled, so small improvements can mean the difference between winning and losing not only titles but money as well. A professional player wants to know exactly what kind of performance to expect from his cue. He will play with the same cue long enough to know exactly how it plays, and it will become like an extension of his arm.

There are several considerations when considering any professional level pool cue. A high quality, well maintained tip is the single most important element. The shaft should be made of well-seasoned, tight grained hard wood (usually maple) and should reduce cue ball deflection. A precisely milled pin and joint should provide proper alignment every time. Whether the joint is wood-to-wood, stainless steel, or other materials determines how the cue feels when it strikes the cue ball, and is largely a matter of personal preference. A professional pool cue should have a tight, comfortable wrap, and should be well balanced. Finally, it should be durable enough to stand up to the rigors of every day play.


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