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How To Pick A Pool Cue Edition (4/17/12)

Howdy PoolDawgians!

One of the more frequent questions we get here at the House of Dawg is how to wade through the massive selection of pool cues to find the one that's right for you. So this week we'll be talking about the different levels of pool cues. Specifically I'll be going through some of my favorite brands in the beginner, intermediate and advanced categories.

Now because I'm not the most unbiased person out there, I've asked for some help on this from one of our regular writers.  After you plow through the thinly disguised sales pitch, you'll be treated to an excellent article talking about how to pick out the right pool cue for you by the lovely and talented Samm Diep.  And away we go!.  


Action Pool Cues

When people ask me for suggestions on a cue for beginners, I almost always tell them to check out the Action line.

Action cues start around 30 bucks so they won't break the bank and more importantly they're pretty solid shooters.  When you buy Action, you're typically getting a cue with a layered leather tip, a traditional pro taper and a nice wrap.  The designs vary quite a bit and range from very traditional to somewhat out there.


Lucasi Pool Cues

Lucasi cues come in two varieties - classic and hybrid.  For the purpose of this email, I'm going to talk about their classic line (as the Lucasi Hybrids really fall under the category of advanced/performance cues).

Lucasi cues feature upgraded Tiger Everest tips, slightly longer pro tapers, Irish Linen wraps and Uni-Loc joints.  The hit is very solid, the balance is consistent and they play really nice.  Plus, they have a lifetime warranty that covers both manufactuer's defects and warping, so you really can't go wrong.


Schon Pool Cues

Now if you're looking for something on the high end, you've gotta check out the Schon cues.  They're more expensive, but man are they worth it.

Schon cues fall under the label of custom cues.  The production runs are very small and the attention to detail is amazing.  Me personally?  I really like the shaft that comes with Schon cues, but a lot of our customers choose to get a Predator 314 shaft to add the low deflection technology to their cue.  


Athena Pool Cues for Women - Starting at $100.00

I've talked about these cues in the past and they do fall in the "under $150" category that Samm will talk about in her article, but I'm still giving it it's own special section simply because the cues are made specifically for women.

Aside from the mostly girly feminine designs, the cues are really made with women in mind.  They shafts are slightly shorter at 28.5" and thinner at 12.5mm.  In addition, every Athena cue comes with a 10 inch extension that screws right into the butt of the cue (perfect for those hard to reach shots when you don't want to use a bridge).


Samm Diep - 5 Things To Consider When Buying A New Cue

There are many purchases in your life that require a substantial amount of research prior to making a final decision. This process can be tedious and overwhelming, almost enough to make any power-shopper throw in the towel. Buying a new pool cue does not have to be one of those items.

Whether you’re choosing a cue for yourself or as a gift for someone, here are five key things to keep in mind that will aid in your endeavor...keep reading

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