Pool is a very rewarding sport enjoyed by people of all ages. If you are just starting out playing pool, you may be confused about how to select pool cues. Here are some quick steps to help you get started:
- Determine your budget. If you are serious about pool then you will want to purchase a pool cue, instead of just choosing from the ones that are available at the pool hall. Almost any amount of money can be spent when you select pool cues, and if you're a beginner then it doesn't make much sense to spend a lot of money. You can easily find a quality cue in the range of $100-200 for starters.
- Identify an ideal pool cue. A quality pool cue is straight with a good tip. As far as the wrap on the cue, some people prefer linen or leather, while others don't prefer any wrap at all.
- Understand the weight of a pool cue. One issue that confuses beginners when they select pool cues is they don't know how much the cue should weigh. Most people play with a 19-20 ounce cue. Those who play snooker tend to use a lighter stick around 16-18 ounces. If you are unsure how much a cue weighs, the weight can often times be found written on the bottom of the stick or on the side.
- Make sure it has a good tip. When you select pool cues, you want to make sure that the one you like has a good tip. Tips can be soft, medium or hard. The softer the tip, the easier it is to use side spins since there is more friction when the tip hits the ball. However, soft tips require more maintenance. You have to shape them more since they flatten as you play. A hard tip has less maintenance and doesn't require much shaping, but it takes more of a stroke to get your side spin to work properly.
- Consider your preferences. When you select pool cues, you will find that each one is designed differently. The joint materials may be made of stainless steel, plastic, brass, or wood. Also, the butt of the stick may or may not have a design. Choose the style that you like the most, as the more comfortable you are with your cue, the better your shot.