The Perfect Cue Case For That Special Cue
f you are into pool enough to invest in your own cue, a quality pool cue case is the logical accessory to protect your cherished cue stick. Carrying a stick around without a case is asking for trouble.
It's critical to have a smooth, slick, defect-free shaft on your cue, and exposing a cue stick to the weather and having it bounce around your car is not a nice way to treat it. Compared to the cost of a good cue stick, a cue case is very inexpensive and, in my opinion, well worth the money.
Cue cases are available in hard and soft models and in prices ranging from under 10 dollars to several hundred. Many models allow you to carry multiple shafts and butts - a plus for those shooters that carry a separate stick just for breaking. Many feature a pocket or two for your chalk, tip tools, wipe-down rag, and whatever else you need for your
Soft cue cases are the simplest and least expensive as a rule and they offer decent protection for your cue. Made of nylon or naugahyde and lightweight, they often contain padding and sometimes plastic tubes to protect the shafts. The first case shown below is a simple sleeve-type case, the second sports a pocket and shoulder strap, while the third is a tube style with a very large pocket.
The first case here comes in camouflage so you can get a little hunting in on the way to the pool match. Just kidding! Below that is a case that holds 2 butts and 4 shafts, features large pockets, a carrying handle, and the nylon material comes in a variety of colors.
A hard cue case will naturally offer more protection to your cue stick than a soft one. These two inexpensive cases are made of a vinyl-covered molded rubber shell with plastic tubes inside. The first holds one cue, with the second holding 2 butts and 3 shafts.
The following cases are made with leather exteriors and plastic tubes inside. They have all the features - pockets, shoulder strap, and handle, and the second case also includes a built-in stand that is similar to those found on golf bags.
These cases are the more classic style hard case. They are constructed of a wooden box covered in vinyl with plush, velvet lined interiors. The first case is an inexpensive basic model that holds one stick and the second is a lockable case that is still reasonably priced ands holds 2 butts and 4 shafts. These cases offer what I feel is the best protection for your valuable cue stick.
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