Everyday people try and talk themselves out of purchasing one of America’s favorite pastime games, a pool table. Why they would want to pass up the opportunity to have what is in my opinion one of the greatest game pieces you can play is beyond me. However, I do understand that price and logistics is a big factor when thinking about purchasing a pool table.
- It can last for decades (well maybe not decade(s) but at least 10 years): While it might be expensive upfront it’s an investment that lasts.
- Statement piece: Every room needs one of these. A statement piece that brings about a great conversation topic is even better like “where did you get this” and “I love that carving on the legs” or “those pockets are unique”.
- It great for the whole family: As I stated in a recent post this game is great for people of all ages. It is one of the few games that can be learned at a very young age or picked up later in life. No matter what age your family is or how many of you their are it’s a great game that anyone can enjoy.
- Wouldn’t be a game room without one: Not that you’re trying to keep up with the Jones’s but you rarely see a great rec room or game room without a pool table. It’s the very essence and core of a the entire idea surrounding a game room.
- It’s one of the best games to play: Not only can be be played by everyone it’s amazingly fun. Now I may be a bit bias over here but it’s one of those games that you can play daily or pick up every so often and still love it.
I started off this blog letting readers know how to properly use a pool cue but I think it’s about time to let readers know how to choose a pool cue. First let’s go through the different areas of a pool cue.
As you can see on the picture it’s important to know what material is used on certain areas of a pool cue. The most important and obviously most used area is the wrap or butt of the cue. It’s essential this area of the cue is comfortable and feels good when you grip it. Some cues come with leather wraps if your looking for a smoother feel.
Taking a look at the shaft of the pool cue your most likely going to see some sort of high grade maple used to make this section. When choosing a cue make sure you know what type of material is used here and what the shaft diameter is. The smaller your hands the smaller the diameter you will want. Most range from 12mm to 13mm but various manufacturers will allow 1/4 increments size changes.
Cue weights range from 12 to 21 oz. This is another aspect of the cue that is a personal choice there is no guidelines here just what feels the best.
A well made quality cue will generally range between $150 and $300. Anything over that you are looking at added details to the cue that make it more appealing. We can call these the show stopper cues. We would recommend taking a look at Billiards.com or PoolCues.com for the best pool cues in either of these price ranges.