Whether or not you are a serious billiards player or a beginner who’s trying to work on your game, pool cue sticks are one of those things that have personal appeal, individual to the player. If all you do is read about the billiards cue stick, it’s very difficult to surmise whether it would be a good one for you or not. I mean, how do you sift through all the adjectives of the written descriptions of cue sticks? Terms like unforgiving, well balanced, harsh or soft can leave you confused as to how that really translates to the feel of the cue stick in your hand and its performance. Of course, there are things that can be accurately described with the written description, like the height, weight, length or squirt. But as your game progresses and you get better, you will find yourself having your own unique set of preferences and they will most likely change over time.
Most of us will just use the cue sticks the billiards hall provides in the beginning, but if you really want to take your game to the next level, be prepared to purchase a cue stick of your own. It’s important to try out several varieties of cue sticks so you can get an idea of what feels comfortable to you. Things like the tip’s diameter, the weight and length. Try to determine these things ahead of time before buying your own billiards cue stick.
Here are a few tips on buying the right cue stick for billiards when the time comes for you.
First of all, as silly as it sounds, make sure you don’t have a crooked cue stick. This can happen in mass production sometimes and the easiest way to tell is to roll the cue stick across a flat surface and it will be immediately apparent whether or not the stick is crooked. Secondly, check the weight of your cue stick. They should have a typical weight of 18-21 oz. Figure out the weight that works best for you and stay with it. Third, the length of your arms should determine the length of your stick. If you have long arms, your stick will also need to be longer than average. Production cues usually start around 57 inches.
For around $30 you can add some custom touches to your stick, like a two-part cue, for instance. You can take this even farther by adding decorations and leather grips, etc. Just remember that if your stick runs more than $100, you’re probably paying more for décor and brand, rather than quality. If a billiards cue stick has more than 2 parts to it, ignore that one and move on. The actual cue is less important than the tip, so don’t choose tips that screw on or is brightly painted with a “Made in Taiwan” label on it. A great line, however, is the Adam line which is made in Japan. Put great emphasis on good tips because that will be where the greatest return of your money is. Test out several billiards cue sticks and resist the temptation to buy just what catches your eye. This will be an extension of you and your game, so take your time and make the most comfortable choice possible to match your playing style. Here’s to years of great billiards!
Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools has a great selection of billiards supplies from cue sticks to balls to full tables. Stop by our show room on 17th avenue to see our large supply.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588