Choosing the Right Pool Cue
No cue, no billiards!
Oh yes, one of the essential pieces of billiards equipment is, of course, the cue - often called the "stick".
But... how was the cue created?
Louis XI, who loved the sport, commanded the creation of a table to play inside without needing to worry about the weather. This sport, initially reserved for the nobility, quickly gained in popularity and ultimately spread across Europe and the entire world.
100 years later, Mingaud had the brilliant idea (during a stay in prison) of adding a bit of leather (also called the tip) to his cue, allowing him to create spin (which modifies the natural trajectory of the white ball).
This is how the pool cue, as we now know it today, came to be! (at the end of the cue).
It will be different based on the size of the balls, and therefore on the game. For snooker (ball size: 52.4 mm) and English billiards (50.8 mm), the size will be smaller, while for pool (57.2 mm) and Carom billiards (61.5 mm), the ideal size will be larger.
Now you understand, the larger the ball, the larger the tip.
Your pool cue is made of wood: to prevent it from losing its shape, we recommend storing it out of direct sunlight, humidity, and temperature changes. This is why a protective case is essential for protecting your cue. What's more, it will be easy to store and travel with!
Have you been wondering about the use of that little blue cube? Chalk adds grip to the tip in order to improve your shots, create spin on the white ball, and prevent scratches (when the tip slips on the ball, which could cause you to miss your shot).
So for starting out, chalk is essential for your billiards games and exists in various colours.
We generally tend to leave our chalk on the side of the table or somewhere in the room. During a game, it is common to be constantly moving around the table, so the chalk could easily be inaccessible for your next shot, which could slow down the game and break players' concentration.
A chalk carrier is a good compromise. It is adapted to the size of standard billiards chalk, allows you to carry your chalk at your waist, and above all, you no longer need to wonder: “where is my chalk?” Basically, no more reason to lose your chalk and make your opponent wait!
And for Improving at Billiards?
Next, in order to improve, you will quickly need additional equipment such as new tips, extensions (especially for snooker: remember the size of a snooker table), or even your own balls. You will probably also need a glove.
In billiards, it is important for the cue to slide perfectly between your fingers. And it is common, during a game, to sweat or have damp hands, which can make the cue difficult to handle. Gloves help to prevent sweating, guarantee a good slide of the cue between your finders, allow for a better grip, and improve accuracy.