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FYI-FACTS

FYI-(5)

TAKING THE CHEAP ROUTE, ALWAYS COSTS MORE:

Cheap and inexperienced labour, may cost you less in the short run, but will definitely cost you more by having to repeatedly send your cue for the same repair or to rectify previous avoidable damage.

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THE CUE DOESN’T MAKE THE PLAYER, IT IS THE PLAYER THAT MAKES THE CUE:

What this simply means is that a good player can play with any cue. I have played pool for over 20 years now. I have used many different cues and realized that you can get the same amount of spin with a thick cue as with a thinned one, and you can play just as well with a bar cue as with a R5000 cue. While Joe Davis cues probably the best known brand of cue in the world, there are 100’s if not 1000’s of Antique Cues just as well made and most of them even rarer. The cue does not make you play better, but a good cue should last you a life-time as you would not want to often change your playing style, especially if it is working for you.

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THE TIP IMPACTS PLAYING MOST, AND IS CONDITIONAL ON YOUR STYLE OF PLAYING:

A soft tip has more cushion (meaning that there is more room for error), but it is better for spin. A hard tip is better for stun shots and leaves less room for error, as there is no cushion. Having a Diamond Tip does not refer to thin the cue is, but rather refers to the brand/type of tip fitted, usually a Blue Diamond. In my opinion, I prefer a softer tip as it makes for a more exciting game. Poor quality tips, as well as poor workmanship can sabotage your performance without you realizing it.

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ASH vs MAPLE – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CUE SHAFT:

Ash is better for spin as it is more flexible due to the tiny spaces in the wood, whereas Maple is firmer. It is rather important to find a good quality shaft as quality shafts will last you much longer, as they are much stronger. I have a 7mm Freddie Van Rensburgh which I use for both breaking and playing and have never experienced any issues. If you have a good quality cue, you will not need a separate breaking cue. Maple is rather a newer edition, and Pear-wood shafts which are really rare and expensive used to be used back in the day instead. Invest in a good quality cue instead of 2 cheaper inferior quality cues.

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SELECTING AN APPROPRIATE TIP SIZE:

Snooker requires a tip size of 9-12mm as the white ball is much heavier and bigger than the object balls, whereas pool cues can range anywhere from 5.5-10mm depending on preference, as the white is smaller and lighter than the object balls. The thinner the tip, the easier to play of the cushion or to make a cut, as you are able to see more of the white ball. Although, you will need to be practicing much more with a thinner tip as it is more difficult to be accurate with, than a thicker cue.

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FINDING YOUR CORRECT CUE WEIGHT (ALTHOUGH THIS IS NOT VERY IMPORTANT):

Generally Snooker requires a heavier cue, something between 17oz and 20oz due to the size and weight of the white ball, Pool requires something much lighter. It is generally better to be able to feel the white ball on the cue, so that in time you learn how to properly control the white ball. A weight of between 14oz and 18oz is recommended. Although you should not get a cue that is too heavy, the weight of the cue is not really that important, as you will be able to adapt to the weight within 2 weeks of solid playing.

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MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET A BALANCED CUE:

It is very important for a cue to be balanced for the reason that a cue with a heavy shaft will lift your cueing hand and a cue with a heavy butte will dip your cueing hand, both resulting in uneven cueing action. A cue doesn’t need to be perfectly balanced, but should be generally balanced around a third of the length down the cue.

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IS HAVING A PERFECTLY STRAIGHT CUE THAT IMPORTANT?:

While it is rather nice to have a perfectly straight cue, it isn’t that important. If your cue is slightly warped it will not throw your game off. I have played with many a warped cue, but even more so I have seen many a better player play with cues that somewhat resembled a banana, still win championships. While your cue should not be very badly bent as it would take a required amount of skill to master, it would not make a difference if it is slightly warped. Never roll a cue on a table to see if it is straight, hold it at the back and rotate it, looking down the shaft of the cue.

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EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT:

Don’t always listen to every other player about what is right for you, every player is an individual and what may be comfortable or feel right to them may not work well for you, but there is also the possibility that something that that player does not prefer and puts you off, has the potential to work better for you. Do what suites and feels best to you.