View Full Version : I need help picking a cue

07-18-2004, 01:20 PM
Hi, I am 15 and consider my self an intermediate 9 ball player (1 rack no problem 2-3 on a good day) and am becoming dissatisfied with my cheap harvard graphite cue. I know the game of pool well but I know nothing about purchasing cues.

So I was wondering if you could lend me your expertise on selecting a cue. My price range is under $200 and right now I am focusing on Scorpion cues, mainly this one. web page (http://www.cuesforless.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=SCUSA&Catego ry_Code=ScorpionCues&Product_Count=22) But I am open to all suggestions.

Is this a good cue or should I look else where? If this is a good cue for me should I add the IVOR-X Ferrule and how will it effect the hit?

Thank you in advance for your patience and advise I really appreciate it.


07-18-2004, 02:03 PM
For starters, check out McDermott special (http://www.hawleys.com/mcdermot/EF-35-ILW.htm) For $25 more, your getting an American-made cue with no fiberglass or decals, plus a case. This is just one; check out Hawley's (http://www.hawleys.com) , Billiards Warehouse (http://www.billiardwarehouse.com) , Billiards Express (http://www.billiardsexpress.com) , or Mueller's (http://www.poolndarts.com) and see what they have in your price range.

I'd stay with McDermott, Viking, Joss, or maybe Lucasi and stay away from fiberglass and transfer (decal) decorations -a good plain-Jane will move your game along and it'll be easier to sell when you want to move up to something fancier.
My first cue was a McDermott and I shot with it for years before I moved up to a Schon. Still a great cue - a buddy's got it now.
Good luck with whatever you decide to get.

Walt in Va
P.S. - You'll get a lot more replies if you move this over to the Main Forum (CCB) - this one is mainly for questions about how to post and use various features on the forums.

07-18-2004, 06:20 PM
thx for the reply, i took a look at some mcdermott cues and saw one i really liked cue (http://www.cuesforless.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=MG-2x&Category_Code=McDermottCues&Product_Count=3) which type of mcdermott cue did you have?

07-18-2004, 08:18 PM
My McDermott was an old D-2 in bubinga wood from 10-12 years ago; they don't make that model anymore.

For the last 5 or 6 years I've been playing with this (http://www.billiardwarehouse.com/cues/schon/schon_stl_7.htm).

Walt in VA

07-21-2004, 06:15 PM
Check out this post:

Choosing the Right Cue (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=145247&page=0&v iew=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1&vc=1)

I just recently bought a Mcdermott which is an excellent cue for an excellent deal. Go for a $200 Mcdermott, I garauntee you, you won't be disappointed.


08-06-2004, 11:50 PM
I noticed you stated something about ivory ferrul. It does affect the hit, also it comes at a high cost, plus you will not ever want to break with the cue since the ivory will crack. My suggestion would be to find a retail outlet somewhere so that you can actually hit some balls. So often a cue will look great, but not hit so well. Every cue I have purchased, I hit some balls first. What makes a good cue is in the eye of the beholder (I am usually more concerned with the way the cue hits VS the way it looks). Everyone's taste if different as far a what looks good.
Different cues makers generally are known for different things like limber shafts, stiffer shafts, and very stiff shafts. I know when I bought my Jerry Olivier I picked up the cue, ran 3 racks right off the bat, and bought the cue. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif I would rather have a cue that truly hits good, than one that is fancy but hits like an old sock. Hope this helps, and good luck on your purchase.