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Beginner’s Guide to Pool Cues

Posted by : Mike Feiman
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I'm a beginner and new to shopping for pool cues. What cue would be a good "first" cue?

One of the first things we tell our customers that are new to the game is that they don't need to go and spend hundreds of dollars for their first pool cue. Players new to the game of billiards should be looking for a basic cue with a hit that they're comfortable with. For some this will be a firm hit, for others it will be a fluid hit. It all depends on the player's personal preference.

Possibly one of the biggest features to look at when buying your first cue is the type of shaft that comes with the cue. There are different types of shafts for different reasons and depending on your needs or preferences you’ll want to really consider what type of shaft comes with your cue. However, for beginners a maple wood shaft is ideal.

Shaft Comparison Chart

Regardless of the feel of the cue, in most cases, a beginner is going to be looking at pool cues under $100. A perfect example would be the extremely popular Adventure ADV60. This cue sells for under $100, has a nice firm hit, features a nice layered 13mm leather tip with a maple wood shaft, and is one of our most popular cues amongst new and casual players. The brands that will be most suited to the beginner include Action, Griffin and Eight Ball Mafia.

Adventure Beginner Cue ADV60

The brands that will be most suited to the beginner include Action (cues made with quality craftmanship at affordable pricing), Griffin (tournament level quality pool cues at phenomenal prices), and Eight Ball Mafia (cool pool sticksfeturing grunge art deathscapes).

Action Pool Cues
Griffin Pool Cues
Eight Ball Mafia Pool Cues

The tip is also important to look at when purchasing a cue. Tips are usually leather, but some tips are phenolic. As a beginner you should look for a cue with a leather tip, that is anywere from hard to medium-hard tip hardness.

Pool Cue Tip Comparison Diagrams

If you're looking for a cue that can take a bit more of a beating and can stand up to harsh conditions, something with a fiberglass shell is an excellent alternative. Cuetec and Scorpion Cues both feature fiberglass coatings and will provide additional protection against dents and warping.

Cuetec Pool Cues
Scorpion Pool Cues

If you tend to leave your cue in places they shouldn't be left (such as the trunk of your car), you want to get a cue that is warp resistant. The fiberglass coating will help keep your cue straight, although it should be noted that if you continually expose your cue to the elements, it will warp over time.

How to Avoid Pool Cue Warping

Another feature to consider is the wrap. Pool cues come with a variety of different wraps and grips including Irish Linen, leather and rubber sport/golf style grips. Several of our cues also feature a wood handle instead of a wrap or sport grip. The key is finding something that works for you.

Pool Cue Wrap Comparisons

As always, if you need help selecting the right pool cue for you, call us toll free at 866-843-3294 and one of our billiards specialists will be happy to help you out.

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