05-15-2003, 07:13 PM
I have read quite a few post over the last several months on whether or not a beginner should start out with an inexpensive cue or a higher end model. I asked myself the same questions when I started to play serious pool last October. House cues were my choice in the beginning, but I quickly became discouraged with the selections available. In bars they are abused unmercifully, so I purchased an inexpensive "Players" Sneaky Pete. This has worked out nicely for me. Having a cue of my own has helped in my consistency also. I have begun to get a better feel on what the reaction of the CB is going to be as well as how much to adjust my aim point when using side. I played with this cue for about 3 months and upgraded the tip to a Moori MH. I struggled at first because this changed the characteristics of the stick completely. It was scarey. After I got use to the change, I loved it. If I had continued to use house cues I think my learning curve would have suffered. I still consider myself a beginner with a lot to learn. This brings me to my next point. Some veteran players have commented on the CCB about beginners upgrading to high end production or custom cues. Some comments were positive and some negative and I respect both and actually see both sides. I would feel self conscious going into a bar with a custom, but I will be doing so shortly. This is my logic. I see golfers, tennis players, bowlers, skiers and on and on, that can't play a lick, but have the latest and greatest equipment. I see people buy Rolex's, sports cars, boats to make them better looking and it doesn't work. Some people can afford the luxury and some can't. You kinda see where I am going with this! I know a custom won't make me a better player, but I have an appreciation for the work these cue makers do. It is truly art. I had not planned to upgrade so soon, but circumstances got in the way. I acquired a Danny Stout last week in a barter deal and a Dale Perry on a Ebay bid that was very low. Right, wrong, or indifferent they are going to the PH with papa. If anybody there has a problem with that they can get therapy. I think a lot of this cue issue is preception. I love this pool game and have become some what of a history buff. IMHO pool has not increased in popularity in leaps and bounds. Nice cues stand out in bars and they create inter-action with the non-playing patrons. Bar sticks don't. This is just one way to promote the game. If each player got one or two people playing pool, maybe we could get more TV exposer, more tournaments, more and better rooms. Think about it.