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Old 07-31-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: cedar rapids
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i have been playing pool for a few years. and wondered what makes a good cue stick good, and a bad one bad? is it the tip, the cue shaft, or what? i play with a old players cue with a sniper tip, and found i play alright. i know it is a cheap cue, but it seams to work. so if anyone can tell me,it would help. thank you very much!!
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Venice, Fl
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Hmm, interesting post actually. I love billiards and ran a billiard room for 4 years when i was younger. I am no professional player by any means but years a go i played very well and shot in many tournaments for many years. I have 2 cues, a Viking Executice cue with a 13mm shaft and a metal to metal joint. Second cue i have is a Julio Stambolini with a 10 mm shaft and a metal to wood joint. Both have hard tips as I have found i like the feel better and they seem to last longer(for me anyway). My Viking has an Irish linen wrap , the Stambolini not exactly sure what material it is. The Irish linen wrap is nice has a great feel to it. The joint will make a difference how the cue is used, metal to metal is not a "breaking" cue as the impact of the break will actually damage the metal joint. Over time breaking with this type you will develop a metal "ting" sound, as the joint itself separates from the shaft and butt. I primarilly break with the metal to wood joint and thinner shaft. Shooting, I strictly prefer the feel of a fatter shaft like the 13mm. I hope this helps lol
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I just started playing pool again after a long time, I have tried a few different cues and know what I don't like, I played with a cutec I rented last night and hated it, nice streight cue but fiberglass sticks to your hand even with talc, my son has a graphite cue and I don't like it either. I just bought a limited edition Player cue but have'nt tried it yet, nice looking inlays and birdseye maple forearm but i'll let you know if it shoots well or not. If I wanted to spend more i'd get a McDermott, i've never heard anyone complain about them and they are guaranteed for life.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A good cue doesn't have to cost alot but several things affect cost. A good quality cue has been constructed over time, starts out with a higher grade of maple (minimum A grade) that has been aged then turned over time to prevent warping and sealed with several coats of high grade automotive sealer. You can get a quality cue for between $50-$300 and it is a cue that will last for years and remain straight. To achieve a cue at this cost they mass produce a cue with less expensive more simplistic aesthetics.
Some of these companies are:
Players
Lucasi
Fury
Mcdermott
Viking
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:52 PM
 
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To add to this, its the player holding it... Phil Mickelson could take my golf clubs sight unseen and crush the entire course of players at the local country club... me, I'm happy playing bogey golf ;~}
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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Shoot with what feels the best--forget all the hype--its all about selling wood at high prices for the mfg companies anyway--gone thru just about every mass production made cue on the market- -you get what you pay for ---any cue in the hands of an hustler player spells doom-- ever seen a player pick a cue off the wallrack--never check anything but to see if it has a tip-chalk it-- then shoot lights out!! -the more expensive cues will turn heads for sure-- however its the skill at game end- that claims victory--or in the case of a hustler the $$

with that said-im no cue expert- pool teacher - semi or pro pool player--but i did stay at a Holliday Inn once--

my faviorite cue------Holliday Inn " Logo" Mop Handle--cut to 58-1/2 inches----Tailman pro tip 14mm--18" of Black double wrap electrical tape to give it that real custom look--kinda cheezeeeeeeeeeeee looking -but neverless a true custom cue!

--the total cost of this custom cue:

1 Holliday inn logo handle--free--it was leaned against a wall close to the room i was staying in

1 tube of superglue--$1.00
1 Tailman Tip-------$9.00
1 walmart hack saw--7.95
1 roll of electrical tap--$1.00

total------------------$18.95



The expression on other players looks --Before--during-and after a game win---------------"Priceless
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Unfortunately, price is relevant. I use a Muchi (about $410.), which is mid-range price, and the rounded tip makes the difference, chalked every shot. Those days are gone, but I made a bit of money playing at one time.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:19 AM
 
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Default not so sure about all this

My personal opinion is that the cost is a bunch of rubbish. When you spend money on a cue you are paying for the A.)Brand B.)Inlays and C.) Availability.

You can get pretty much any cue, but make sure you get a good shaft! Spend the 2 bills to get a predator Z shaft or a Mcdermott. look at these pool cues and try to find one for about $50, then check your connection (if its a 2 piece) and get a good shaft to go with it. It will play as good as a top level cue only downside is it might just not look as nice .

Good luck!

I shoot with a 5280 and a Predator Z shaft just FYI and its GREAT! I like it much better than my old Mcdermott.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: WI
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2 things i always considered, back in the day when i shot a lot at bars. One was balance; just like a baseball bat I needed the right amount of weight, but not just loaded all at the end. I think the other was really just confidence and attitude. If i was "on", as long as a bar stick would roll true on the table, I could hold my own with the players who would walk in and carefully take their "pride and joy" out of it's case. I could though notice how the tip felt when striking the balls at various angles.

I did like the golf club analogy; once i can master the basics of that game i'll spend more coin on the clubs. Same would go for pool.
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