Buying A Pool Cue 3
Most of the expense when buying a pool cue is in the butt end, so the more expensive the cue, the better made this section should be. Are the inlays and wrap expertly done? Is the finish flawless? Is the design attractive and pleasing to the eye?
How about a multi-piece stick as opposed to a one or two piece? If you are buying a stick strictly for home use, a one-piece stick might be the best option. If you plan to carry it anywhere to play, then a multi-piece one is more practical.
Pay attention to the joints when buying a new stick. Joints on the quality cues will be made of better quality metal, and this will help prevent the threaded end from bending if the end of the stick is dropped or bumped when it is unscrewed. Joint guards are an inexpensive investment to avoid this happening.
And of course if you do plan to carry the stick around you will need a good strong case to keep it in. A hard case is definitely recommended to prevent nicks and scratches and even drinks from spilling on to your brand new pool cue. A quality cue case is cheap insurance against damage.
Obviously, there are many questions to answer when shopping for your own pool cue. A large amount of money doesn't need to be spent to acquire a good, solid pool cue that will serve you well for many years. Of course, if you just have to have that $1000 pool stick, then by all means go for it! Happy shooting!
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