How To Choose A Cue Stick
Beginners to the game of pool and billiards often wonder, how do I choose a cue stick? What kind should I use? What's a good weight? Do I need my own stick? Are bar sticks any good? How do I tell what's good or bad?
In my humble opinion, for the beginning pool player, the stick is not the most essential thing to worry about right now. It's much more important to develop your smooth stroke and aiming technique at this stage of the game.
As long as you have a stick that is straight and has a decent tip on it, you are ready to play some pool. I have played with bar sticks for years and have beaten many players that came in with fancy pool cues. The talent is not in the pool cue. The talent and shooting ability resides in the player who wants to play well and takes the game seriously.
That being said, let's get into some discussion abut what DOES make for a good pool cue. For diagrams of pool cue construction and more in-depth descriptions about the various parts of the pool cue, see
Bar and Pool Hall Sticks
A decent one-piece bar cue is fine for learning the game. Cue sticks come in different weights, with 18 to 21 ounces being the weights you will most often see. I prefer a 19 ounce stick, but you should try all the different weights you can to make up your own mind about what feels good in your hands.
Some people prefer a heavy stick while others like them light. Whatever feels the best to you is what you should use. You may not always find your preferred weight of stick in a bar or pool hall, which is one good reason to buy your own stick.
As mentioned earlier, as long as the stick is straight, has a smooth shaft, and a decent tip, it's fine to learn on. To check for straightness, lay the stick on the table and watch the shaft as you roll it around a little bit. A crooked stick will be very obvious when you do this.
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