What to look for when buying a 2-piece pool cue?
Pool cues differ in a variety of ways. The first difference is that they are manufactured at different weights, ranging from 18 oz. – 21 oz. The heavier the cue, the more power exerted when striking the cue ball. A lower weight cue enables the player to use spin more accurately when shaping certain shots.
Another attribute that differs between pool cues is the handle or “butt” of the shaft. Shaft handles can have no wrap, rubberized wrap, or linen wrap for the grip end. A pool cue that has no wrap allows the player to have a good feel of the overall composition of the cue. These 2-piece cues that have no wrapping around the “butt” end, are often referred to as “Sneaky Petes” because they are manufactured to look like standard one-piece “house” cues that one might find at a local pub or bar. A rubberized grip allows the player to have a better grasp at the lower end of the shaft. It also allows the player to follow through with their shot better. Many sticks have a “wrap” on the bottom half, which takes thin pieces of a chosen material and wraps it around the shaft tightly. Each different handle has a different feel to it, and depending on the pool cue manufacturer, can also affect the overall price of the pool cue.
Another aspect of billiard cues that may differ is the “joint,” which is where the two pieces fit together. Some pool cues have a threaded wooden insert in the upper section of the cue, in which the metal thread of the shaft screws into. Other cues have a metal insert, forcing a metal-to-metal connection. Certain cues have a unique joint called a “uni-lox” joint, which requires a simple turn or two once the shaft has been inserted. The style of joint used differs on the cue manufacturer, which also affects the cost of the pool cue.
So why are some cues more expensive than others? Billiard cues can range from economical house cues and 2-piece cues, to the extremely expensive 2-piece cues. The reasoning behind the wide range of prices, is dependent on the variety of differences such as manufacturer, craftsmanship, and overall materials utilized in the manufacturing process. Sometimes the price of a cue can be driven up for the simple fact of having a certain manufacturer’s “name” on it, because they have been around the industry for so long; along with the fact that they produce high quality cues. The amount of craftsmanship put into making a cue stick can affect the price as well. Some cue sticks have noticeable amounts of graphics, designs and labor hours put into them. Many sticks are made with more “hands-on” work than others, which may also increase the price of the stick. The most determining factor in a pool cue’s price can be directly related to the specific materials used in the fabrication process. Higher priced cue sticks often incorporate precious materials such as ivory, silver, copper or even gold. Various components make up the “wrap” of the cue stick as well, the higher the quality of the “wrap,” the more expensive a cue may be as well.
For a beginning or novice player, an inexpensive 2-piece pool cue, made by a well-known manufacturer is ideal. Whereas a middle level or professional player may sway more towards a higher priced 2-piece cue stick. In either case, there is a pool cue for everybody, no matter their pool or billiard playing ability. Not to mention, we carry a WIDE variety of pool cues at both of our locations, so stop by and check them all out!
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