Keep Your Pool Cues in Top Condition

by Richard Penny

Whether you are a professional billiards player or someone who picks up a cue casually on a Saturday night at the bar, nothing is more frustrating than a cue that is bent or broken. If you use the cues provided to you at the local parlor, then there is little you can do about the maintenance. But if you own your own pool table and/or cues, there are some basic tips you can follow to ensure that your cues stay in great working condition throughout their lifetime.

Keep Them in A Cool, Dry Place

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you?d be surprised how many times pool cues get left or stored near windows. Windows are a haven for heat and moisture which is why you should store your cues on an interior wall as opposed to an exterior one. This will prevent the wooden shafts of your cues from warping or getting damaged in other ways from the sunlight and humidity. This is still a good rule of thumb to follow even if you have graphite cues, since other parts of the cue such as the tip or ferrule can be affected by heat and moisture.

Replace Tips & Ferrules as Needed

Aside from a shaft in poor condition, a worn out tip or ferrule can really drag your game down. Replacing these items on your cue is fairly inexpensive and can be done in a matter of a few minute by a cue repair professional. If you find that your cues aren?t putting the proper spin on the ball or if you are hearing a cracking sound when you strike the cue ball, it might be time to get your tip or ferrule changed.

Invest in a Good Case

If you take your cues to the parlor to play with make sure you have a sturdy case in which to carry them around. Nothing is more damaging to a cue than something heavy landing on top of it or getting it wedged somewhere in your trunk. Furthermore, the case keeps out moisture and regulates temperature fairly well which will help if you ever leave your cues in the car overnight or for long periods of time. Do yourself a favor and spend a little money on a quality carrying case for your pool cue.

About the Author: Richard Penny is the owner of CueWorks, etc. a cue repair shop in Starke, FL. He repairs pool cues from all across the country and offers free return shipping on all repairs to ensure that your cue is returned to you as quickly as possible. For more information please visit

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