When setting up your home (or office) pool table, remember to provide your family members and guests with quality cues. The easiest way to go about choosing a cue is to narrow your choices.
- Set a budget. Be realistic about how often you will use the cue and how much money you want to spend. Expect that a quality cue in the very low end of the spectrum is around $100 like Rage and Dufferin, whereas professional cues like Viking are between $500 and $4,000.
- One-piece or Two-Piece? You have seen plenty of one-piece cues in pool halls, dive bars, and maybe in your friend’s garage. They are less expensive and can warp over time. You know a cue has warped if you roll it on the table and it wobbles instead of rolling smoothly. A two-piece cue is more expensive, can be carried to tournaments, and you can replace just the shaft if it warps while keeping the butt.
- Think like Goldilocks who visited the three bears. She picked what was “just right” for her porridge, her chair, and for her bed. Similarly, the length of the cue is correlated to the height of the player. People of average height can use a standard one-piece at 57” or two-piece at 58”. Shorter people (and children) will want a cue of 52” or 48”. If you are over 6’5” tall, consider special ordering a cue up to 61”.
- Do you spin? Soft tips are great if you like to put spin on the cue ball, but they wear out faster. Conversely, hard tips last longer but they don’t tend to allow you to hit the cue ball off-center as well. The middle of the road is medium, which his pretty basic on new cues.
Here at Mission Billiards and Barstools we pride ourselves in giving the ultimate in customer service, and part of that is answering your questions about what cue is right for you. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 949-636-1208.