Buying A Pool Cue
Eventually, you will probably be buying a pool cue if you love the game of pool and billiards as much as a lot of people. Pool hall and bar cues get the job done, but to really get your game up to its highest level, having your own pool stick is a definite advantage.
Pool is a game where consistency is paramount, and when you are always playing with a different cue, it's hard to maintain a consistent, steady shot. Having the same, good quality stick to play with every game gives you one less issue to deal with as you strive to improve the caliber of your pool shooting.
One important note - if you can try out a pool stick before you buy it, you stand a much better chance of being truly satisfied with your purchase. It may not be possible, but if you can, try to get on a table and take a few strokes with that new stick. If a stick just feels right, there's a good chance it will help improve your game immensely.
As with many things in the world, the quality of the pool cue you buy depends on how much you want to spend. A beginning pool player probably shouldn't pay more than $50 to $75 for a new cue, while a seasoned player might expect to pay several hundred. Good, solid cues can be bought in the $50 to $100 range.
The most important part of the pool cue is the tip end of the shaft anyways. If you pay more than a hundred or so dollars, you're basically paying for more ornamentation and a fancier and more attractive butt end. Of course you can pay thousands for a stick if you want to, but you may not want to play with it for fear of damaging or losing such an expensive investment.
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