How To Choose A Cue Stick 2
The tip on the stick should be a dome shape and not totally flattened out. This will allow you to hit the cue ball at all angles without muscueing. It's best if the tip is kind of roughed up also. The tip chalk will adhere to the tip better and give you more "bite" on the cue ball. Take a quick look at the ferrule and make sure it isn't cracked.
Finally, grab the cue stick at the shaft and check out how easily it slides through your fingers. You don't want any burrs or rough spots on the shaft that will interrupt the smooth slide of your stroke.
It's very important that the stick glides effortlessly through your bridge hand during a shot. I like to use hand chalk to insure a smooth friction-less stroke.
Your Own Stick
After you get some playing time under your belt and you start to get the feel for the game, you may want to get your own pool cue. You can pay all kinds of money for a custom cue, but decent ones can be acquired from say $30 to $40 and up. Some may say that you can't get a good pool cue for less than $200. It's a personal preference.
One of the largest advantages to owning your own pool cue is that it will give your stroke more consistency. When you use the same stick all the time, your body gets conditioned to how it feels and how it reacts during the different shots you will take. This is a real advantage to giving your whole game more consistency as well.
If I had to name one part of my game that I would like to improve the most, it is my consistency. After a while, you know how to make the shots. Whether you make them often or not depends on your consistency. Here's a tip - more practice = more consistency.
The definition of a good custom or production two-piece cue stick is similar to that of a good bar stick - straight, smooth shaft, a properly shaped and maintained cue tip, and the correct weight for your style. Fancier cues have several advantages over one-piece sticks, which I will now explain.
If you plan to use your stick at different locations to play pool, it is impractical to have a long one-piece cue to carry around. The two or more piece cue breaks down into smaller sections that you can put in your cue case for easier transport. Yes, you should have a cue case by the way to protect your cue stick.
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