Finding your right cue!
Designs, colours and the chevrons on the cue shaft often attract the amateur player. While this is so, there are more aspects of the cue one should look at when choosing your cue. The following factors are important and must be taken into account.
Firstly, the cue length varies with every player. It is common that players often settle for a cue length that is the height of his shoulder when having the butt placed on the ground and standing right beside it. However, one must be aware that this works differently for players have different body lengths. It is advised that the cue length should be left for the coach to decipher.
Secondly, the grip of the cue is the player’s preference. Gripping of the cue butt boils down to the player’s comfort level and it differs among players. While it is all about being comfortable, players should explore different grip sizes to better ascertain which size is preferred and do not settle for any half-heartedly. Don’t be disheartened by the prolonged explores and decisions, it is all worthwhile!
Thirdly, the size of the cue tip is often advised by a coach. Cue tip sizes usually ranges from 9.5mm to 10mm, depending on individual’s preference. Although players often decide on their cue tip sizes, it is one aspect that is often overlooked. Arguably, cue tip size may adversely affects one’s game because its surface area directly addresses the cue ball, hence its reaction. While one should often seek professional advice, the other variable factor is one’s comfort level when the thickness of the shaft brushes through the bridging hand. To further understand suitability, try all sizes if possible!
Fourthly, the weight and balancing of the cue must be looked at. This aspect differs among players and one should invest some time and effort into assessing. The rule is simple – so long as one feels comfortable while addressing the cue ball; which is probably what’s suitable for you!
Lastly, the material of shaft is strictly individual’s preference. Snooker cue shafts are commonly made from either ash or maple wood. The significant difference is its appearance, one having chevrons on its shaft while the latter is smooth and plain in colour. It is what you like that matters!
In short, it is advised that one should try more cues to better understand which cue suits your play, preferably with the help of a coach! You have probably chosen a suitable cue for yourself when you feel ‘right’. Happy cue searching!
Chief Coach of MRV147