Getting a cue stick is similar to buying a pair of football boots, a ping pong paddle, or a badminton racket.
Tools such as these are supposed to feel like an extension of your arm or legs, which ever the case may be, and have your interests accurately represented on the field of play. It’s like hiring a lawyer to make a case for you in court. Your interests must be represented, the lines of communication have to be open and you have to be in charge at all times.
How To Choose The Right Pool Cue
There are several factors to be considered when choosing the best pool cues. They are explained thus;
The standard length of a cue stick ranges from 57 to 58 inches long. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be your own standard. The use of cue sticks is influenced by the height of the person using them. Therefore, it’s best to get one that works with your height to get the best performance out of yourself.
If you want your friends to come over and play with you, you don’t need to compromise on this length. You could get an extra one that averagely fits them and have yours to yourself. Basically, shorter people do better with cue sticks of about 50 to 56 inches in length, while taller people are more likely to enjoy longer ones of at least 60 inches.
Besides the length, the weight of the cue stick is also an important factor to be considered when making this choice. Most billiard cues have a weight range of 17 to 21 ounces. More importantly, it’s better to have more than one cue stick with different features at your disposal at all times. Some players break better with heavier cues and then use lighter ones for their finesse shots.
However, you can’t simply take this logic by the letter because besides the weight implication of the material it is made of, the length of the cue stick also accounts for a percentage of the weight. Therefore, make sure that the weight is relative to both the length of the cue stick and your height preference.
While trying out different cue sticks, you’ll realize that most of its weight is at the bottom end. That weight is meant to be guided by your hands into the ball to create just the right shot power at your preferred angle. If you find this difficult to do on the first few tries, try another one. Statistics have proven that shorter people will always favor lighter ones, because trying to get a heavy cue stick parallel to the table is harder for them.
Grip/Handle Warp :
Since this is the part of the cue stick that is going to be in direct contact with your skin, you want to do your best to avoid unfortunate situations such as a slip from your grasp while you deliver your strokes. Therefore, depending on how your skin reacts to friction, you have to choose between leather, linen , and no grip at all.
For those with sweaty palms, a bare cue stick is definitely not in your best interests because your stick could slip out your hands right in the middle of an intense game. Your best bet would be the leather grip or the Irish linen grip. Both of those options are really good for liquid (sweat) absorption. The third option is a high-quality rubber grip. These types usually have a smooth and dry feel without sticking to your palms when wet. However, they tend to deteriorate quickly and you’ll have to change your grip at regular intervals.
For those who can play for hours without breaking a sweat, you don’t necessarily have to spend extra money and time trying to get a grip. You could play with a bare cue stick and have a good game. However, there’s nothing stopping you from using the grip just because of how it feels in your hands because sometimes, winning is all about your connection to the stick.
Tip type :
Cue sticks can have hard, soft or medium tips. Obviously, these different tips have different effects in the ball. Soft tips work best if you favor spins on your shots, but they deteriorate quickly because of the friction effect.
Also, if you use them to place hard shots, they would require regular replacement. Hard tips on the other hand are very great for placing shots and tend to last longer, but are less capable of spins. Medium tips are just right in the middle and work just moderately for placing shots and delivering spin shots.
Other considerations include the amount of vibrations the stick produces per shot. For those with slim budgets, you could simply go for the cue stick that fits all the other criteria, has the least vibration and is within your budget.
As detailed as this information might be, you still can’t make a choice by just looking at it and going for a particular material. Make sure you actually hold in it your hands and then choose that one that you connect with the most.
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Hey! , I am Roland Campbell , a recreational table tennis player for over 5 years and counting. I do a lot of research on table tennis (Ping Pong) and publish my findings here at Pingthatpong.