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Funny Don’ts and Do’s With Pool Sticks

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

 

Funny Don’ts and Do’s With Pool Sticks

By Susan Herrmann

Pool sticks were made for just that… shooting pool. And that means using pool sticks to correctly hit billiard balls on a pool table, not for javelin-throwing in the swimming pool. I have to admit that as a kid, I occasionally used my pool stick for things other than the intended use. Even though using it as a limbo stick wasn’t necessarily harmful to the stick, using it as a sword was. Take some tips from a long-time billiard player who has learned some important do’s & don’ts the hard way, and learn some important tips along the way.

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Even though you can make nice chalk designs on the ceiling, don’t. The tip of a pool stick is made of leather and is attached to the shaft of the stick with a ferrule. These are tender spots on a cue stick and should not be used to come in contact with anything other than chalk or a billiard ball. If the rounded leather tip loses its shape or is transformed into the all too common “mushroom”, your shots will be less consistent and it will severely affect your play.

I know of a pool stick that was left outside for a day or two after an exhausting duel. This is really bad. Your pool stick should be stored indoors, upright in a case. Exposure of the elements (sun & moisture) can be fatal. Both the shaft and butt of a billiard cue are made of wood and can warp. If that happens, it cannot be fixed and you may as well use it as firewood where it will serve you better.

If your cue stick is wrapped, don’t peel the wrapping like you would a Budweiser label. Wraps are put there for a reason. They give you a firm, comfortable grip on your cue stick and prevent your hand from slipping when you strike a billiard ball.

Lastly, don’t bounce your cue stick to the beat of the music (or off your competitor’s forehead). The rubber piece on the end of the butt is called a bumper. The bumper is put there to protect the cue stick when it accidentally bumps a wall or the table, or when it rests on the ground. The bumper adds to the precise weight of the billiard cue and should not become loosened. Repetitive impacts to the bumper can also cause the butt to eventually crack.

Take my advice and value your pool stick. If you do, it will perform for you every time. Don’t twirl it like a baton, use it to poke a bear, or use it to pick your nose. There are other instruments for those things. Your cue stick’s health and maintenance are vital in playing your best game.

Susan Herrmann http://www.ugetballs.com is an avid pool player. Her website is a great resource for collegiate pool table ball sets & pool sticks. Visit today for a huge selection! While you are there, take a look at the pool table covers, pool cue balls & eight balls.

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Pool Cue Racks, Keep it Neat and Tidy

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Pool Cue Racks, Keep it Neat and Tidy

By George Pennwood

Where do you park your pool cue when you aren’t playing? Well leaving it on top of the pool table is an option but not really an option when you have a few of them, much better to get yourself a pool cue rack. These come in a variety of forms from the simple straight forward wall cue rack where you simply screw a base unit into the wall at a height of 1 ft to put the cues on and a separate clip unit 3 ft or so directly above the base unit to clip the cues into and you have a neat simple unit to park your cues. They normally come in 4 or 6 cue units for the home and the pool halls have much larger ones to hold all their cues. That is the simplest and cheapest form of cue rack.

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Another rung up on the pool cue rack stakes is the billiard cue stand, which is like an umbrella stand except it is for cues. This is a neat solution and they come in some really nice designs. Perhaps not so good for the cues themselves as the cue is not always perfectly upright depending on the model so is not so well protected from warping, but nevertheless it is an elegant solution and very popular.

The ultimate pool cue rack has to be the purpose built full size wall rack which is like a wardrobe for cues. Some are simply open but the top of the range racks have glass or wooden doors as well and ooze elegance. They come in at $300 plus but if you want to make your games room stand out these will certainly do that for you and give it a custom made look as well.

So there you have it as far as pool cue racks go, it is an essential accessory really, in order to keep your cues straight and in good condition, just go for the one you like the look of or can afford.

Author George Pennwood, Click the links to see some pool cue racks and pool cues at our website Snooker Billiards and Pool

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