your first 2-piece Custom Cue.
What do I need to know before purchasing a two-piece
custom cue? Where do I look? What do I look for? What makes
for a good custom
You pose some very good questions. I suggest that
you start by trying out as many cues as you can get your
Try to remember all the things you like or do not like
about the cue.
Once you have identified the cue you like
find out who made the cue. If it was not made in U.S.A. then
Do not buy any cue made in China under any circumstances.
Try to find out if the cuemaker has a reputation for
wood and if he stands behind his product. If he has not
been building cues very long ask how he produces cues
wood. Unless you are sure he acquires seasoned wood from
other reputable cuemakers do not be surprised when
your new cue warps.
Buying kiln-dried wood by itself does not cut it: It
MUST be incrementally reduced in size over a period of YEARS
Do not buy a cue with PVC or ABS used for the
ferrule. Only buy cues with Ivorene III, Aegis II, phenolic
fiber ferrule material. The same goes for the butt
cap. Stay away from nylon wrap material - it is another indicator
a cheap cue. If they skimp in one place they usually
take short cuts in another as well. If they won't let
cue (with chalk) do not waste your time with them.
Ask your friends about their cues: Was it necessary to have
the ferrule replaced? How long did the first
Does your cue make any unnatural vibrating sounds
when you hit a
ball, hit it sideways against your hand or lightly
drop it on the rubber bumper.
I seriously doubt that
you will be able to acquire a solid cue made from seasoned
wood, carefully assembled
the best material for less than about $500.00 today.
If it sells
for less, then it just isn't a quality product
builder knows knows why. You will find however
that a new cuemaker
will often sell his cues below his cost for a short
while just to get some exposure. They will, however,
Look around your pool room and ask the best
players what kind of cue they are using. If he is playing
with a genuine
cue and selling junky cheap cues ask him why
he is not playing with the cues he sells? What they
what they say. If you buy direct from the cuemaker
you should be able to get more cue for the money.
not buy a "Sneaky Pete" because they are made
from unseasoned wood and generally warp. For
proof just look at all the house cues that are warped.
Buy the cue
you want the first time around even
if you have to save up to do so. You will save
Upgrading is very expensive because you take
a serious hit on inexpensive
production cues. You can often get a good buy
on a used cue. Check it out carefully and make sure