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03-22-2002, 06:32 PM
I am just starting to play in tournys and maybe league play. I am a fairly good shooter and hope to become better. Ready to step up to a 200 to 600 dollar stick. What are the differences between the major brands. What makes one cue better than the other? What is a good tip and why? what are some different materials used in tips? What are the different ferrules? I am looking at balabushka, McDermott, Meucci mostly. Any suggestions? Also where to by on-line. (Ebay?)
Thanks ahead of time

03-22-2002, 06:56 PM
Hi Marky,
First off, I would recommend going to a billiard supply store, or a billiard parlor that sells cues and hit some balls with as many cues possible, and then decide which cue hits the way you like. Many places will let you hit balls as long as you don't chalk the tip. You won't need to chalk the tip to see how a cue hits. I wouldn't buy a cue online unless there is a stipulation that allows you to return the cue if you don't like the way it hits.
Tips are generally made of either pigs skin buffalo hide. Ferrules are made from many types of materials ranging from ivory to many types of sythetic materials.
Hope this helps

03-23-2002, 10:02 AM
learn all about cues here:
http://www.billiardwarehouse.com (http://poolshark.com/cues.htm>http://poolshark.com/cues.htm</a>

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Harold Acosta
03-23-2002, 05:58 PM
Another option:

Ask your friends that have different cues to let you shoot a few. Ask them what tip the cue has because many people change the tip right after their purchases; maybe then you can form an opinion about the hits of each cue.

Write the info down, go to a cue store, take a gold master chalk with you. They will probably let you use the cue with the gold master chalk. Then compare the hit of the store's cue with the info you have. You will probably know by then which cue you prefer.