: PoolDawg Staff
One of the more frequent questions we hear on a regular basis when it comes to break cue selection is "how heavy should my break cue be?". With a standard range of 18-21oz on pretty much all pool cues, there is quite a bit of confusion when it comes to picking out a weight for your breaker. The answer to this question is unfortunately not cut and dry. Cue weight is very much dependent on the individual player. Some are more comfortable with a light cue while others are only happy playing with a heavy cue. What is right for one person is not necessarily right for another.
That being said, the most common weight for a pool cue of any kind is 19oz. The vast majority of cues that we sell are 19oz cues. There are anecdotal theories abound dealing with cue weight, but to date I have not seen any research that supports these theories. Some people hold the belief that a heavier cue will equate to more power. Much like swinging a heavier baseball bat, this is dependent on how quick you can snap.
By looking at Newton's Second Law, we know that acceleration is dependent on both the net force acting on an object and the mass of the object itself. Knowing that force equals mass multiplied by acceleration, the amount of power you create is based both on the weight of the cue and the speed that you are able to move the cue.
the bottom line is that a heavier cue will not always mean a more powerful hit or break. In some cases, it may even create less power depending on how much force you can create. So, when selecting a cue, go for the weight that feels the most comfortable to you. With the right tools, you can measure what weight will give you the most powerful break, but for most it is just a question of "what feels right" to that player. That said, if you are looking for a heavy break cue, we highly recommend the Elite Heavy Break Cue. At 27oz, it is by far the heaviest cue we carry (or have ever seen for that matter).