How to Choose a Pool Cue

1. Feel the wrap or butt of the cue
Choose a larger wrap if you have large hands and a smaller wrap if you have small hands. The most important point is to find a wrap that feels good in your hands.

If your hands sweat, choose a cue wrapped in Irish linen for absorption. Otherwise, choose a leather wrap or a cue with no wrap

2. Check the shaft
Most shafts have a diameter of 12mm to 13mm. While 13mm is the most commonly selected size, a smaller shaft can make the bridge position more comfortable for people with smaller hands.

3. Measure the pro taper
The shaft maintains its diameter for 10" to 15" before it starts to taper toward the cue. A shorter taper gives you a firmer hit.

4. Know the cue weight
Most players choose a weight between 19 and 20 ounces.

5. Check cue length
Most cues are 57" or 58" long, but you can special order different lengths.

6. Pick your cue tip
Cue tips are made of leather and generally rated medium to hard. A tip that will wear well gives you better control of the ball.

7. Make sure no parts are loose
Any loose parts will absorb the energy from your shots and will hamper your ability to strike the ball well.

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