How Much Should You Spend on a Pool Cue?
By Dean Reber
First you need to decide what type of pool cue you want. A cheap cue or a cue made with quality materials. Cheap and quality are rarely used to describe the same product. A pool cue that is made from better materials will naturally cost more. Some people want designs, exotic woods, and ivory to be part of their pool cue. What type of cue is best for you will be determined by how often you play and what you want in a cue. I will briefly discuss the different types of pool cues that are available.
Low-end pool cues ($30-$99) are available at most discount stores. Low-end pool cues are made from cheap Maple or Ramin wood and will warp faster than a quality made cue. Low-end cues are fine for the occasional player or beginner and may be acceptable for someone that shoots a few times a week. Mid range pool cues ($100-$500) are made with quality wood and offer a lot of the customizing features of the high-end cues without the cost. High-end pool cues (those above $500) can be customized for the player with as many options as you like.
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The wood available for pool cues is as simple as Maple or as exotic as Cocobolo. Here are some other examples of wood you can have a pool cue made from; Kingwood, Rosewood, Bloodwood, Lacewood, Bacote, Purple Heart, Tulipwood, Olivewood, Blackwood. Certainly this list is not all inclusive.
A custom made pool cue with quality wood, inlay designs, different grips, and weight is available for as little as $250. Custom made cues are also made for breaking and jump shots. Some custom made pool cues can give you the high-end cue look and feel with a mid range cue price. Many high-end pool cues are pieces of art. When you pay for a high-end pool cue you are paying for the beauty of the cue. A high-end cue does not play any better than a mid range cue.
I bought a graphite wrapped pool cue over 15 years ago and paid $160. It has been accidentally dropped and left in the vehicle at times through extreme temperatures. Yet, this cue is still as straight as it was when I bought it and still shoots like new. Some mid range pool cues are now available for less than $100 when they are on sale.
This information should help you decide what type of pool cue is a good fit for your style of playing. Remember, if you are just beginning to play pool or only play on occasions the low-end pool cue would be acceptable. After you have some experience you may want to invest in a better pool cue. If you play on a regular basis, a mid range to high-end cue would be more suitable. The more comfortable you are with your pool cue, the better you will shoot.
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