Even a world-class pool player will have some trouble if you hand them a dysfunctional cue stick. It’s considerably worse if you are an amateur just trying to learn the game. The cue stick will offer no consistency for you to build your skills on.

Both amateurs and professionals can find the right cue stick at Triangle Home Gamerooms, though. We provide the Raleigh-Durham area with a wide range of options, brands, styles, and sizes. Consider the following before beginning your search for the perfect cue stick.

Weight and balance

This reference is to the weight of the cue stick, not the weight of the pool player. However, the two are actually linked. Larger players are recommended to focus on sticks that are 20 or 21 ounces, while smaller players tend to perform better with the 18- or 19-ounce options.

The balance of the stick is often a height, not a weight, preference. Shorter players find a better balance with forward-weighted sticks, while taller players might benefit from “butt-heavy” sticks. As the tall player leans forward – far over the table – the butt-heavy stick will balance him or her out.

Shaft

When you are looking at a cue stick, be sure to pay attention to the shaft. If it is not perfectly straight, you should avoid it. A curved cue stick will distribute the impact less precisely. It also can affect the aim of the shooter, who is looking down what is assumed to be a straight stick.

There are other materials, some better than others, but most shafts are made of maple. If you deviate from this traditional maple shaft, make sure to do thorough research on the alternative material.

Wrap

To help the player grip the cue stick, there will often be a wrap at the back-hand’s grip position. The traditional material for this purpose is Irish linen, which does a good job at absorbing palm sweat. Other options include leather, known for its grip. Some players, especially those who do not sweat as they play, prefer no wrap. Play with and without a wrap to see which is most effective and comfortable for you.

Cue tip

The tips are generally differentiated by how hard or soft they are. The softer tips offer more control and grip on the ball. For those wishing to focus on accuracy, softer tips are recommended. Harder tips are better for power. A medium tip may offer a good balance between these two, with both power and control.

Price

Some pool players want to hang out and have fun in the basement. Others compete in tournaments and have professional ambitions. If you are a more casual player, you can get by with a cue stick in the $150 – $300 price range. Anything above that and you are looking at professional-grade equipment that may be overkill. Professional sticks often cost $500 or more and are very finely-tuned instruments for a precise game. Less expensive cue sticks may still be good, but they may not last as long or be as consistent.

Come Try a Few

Without picking up a few sticks, looking them over, and seeing how they feel, you aren’t likely to select the right stick for yourself. You should also ask a lot of questions from the expert salesmen to make sure you understand the differences. Triangle Home Gamerooms has a large stock of cue sticks that cover all the areas discussed above. Raleigh-Durham pool players, from beginners to tournament champions, will find just what they’re looking for. Come by our showroom or give us a call at (919) 661-2738.