Maintaining your cue

Written by Poolplayer

Now that you have purchased your new cue, you must now take care of it. In this section, we will provide some simple ways to keep your cue looking new and minimizing the wear and tear on it. The main thing you need to do to mainain your cue's appearance is to wash your hands before you play and after several hours of play.

Since one of the most important parts of keeping your cue clean has been said, we will offer more tips on keeping your cue in tip top shape. Another important tip is to keep your cue away from moisture and very humid places. This minimiizes the chances of your cue warping over time. Remember, however, that since wood is a natural material, there is no foolproof way to 100% guarantee you cue will not warp at all. They will all warp a little or more over time. Maybe it won't be in your lifetime but it will warp. Hopefully, this tip will keep your cue from warping within your lifetime.

Our next part now is the cue tip. Since the tip is meant to be changed, we will offer ways to give you the maximum amount of time between these changes. The tip on your new cue may be shiney, smooth, and somewhat flat when you first get your cue. What you need to do now is what people call shaping and scuffing of your tip. Shaping the tip requires you to produce a roundness to it suitable to your playing style. The usual roundness is that of a U.S dime or nickel coin. Scuffing will roughen up your tip in order to hold chalk better. Usually, when you do do a shaping, it'll automatically roughen up your tip so you don't need to scuff after a shaping but you do when you miscue or during play. Note that how you play and the way you stroke your cue will determine the final shape of your tip and constant shaping will wear your tip down very fast. After about 40 hours of play, your tip will mushroom some and you should only trim that initial mushroom.

The ferrule on a cue should require little to no maintance. The most common form of maintance done to the ferrule happens to be the removal of chalk that has accumulated with play. Cleaning of the ferrule can be very easy to next to impossible depending on how much chalk has accumulated on it. If your ferrule happens to be made of ivory then a cloth should remove it with no problem. Synthetic ferrules such as Aegis, Melamine, Ivorine III, etc require a little more work to clean if they can be cleaned at all. The best way to clean those types of ferrules is to use a little bit of toothpaste. Remember not to get any of it on your tip or shaft. Taping off the tip and shaft happens to be a good idea here. Be aware that you may not get all of the chalk stains off of the ferrule if it's stained heavily. You may also hear people suggest using sandpaper on your ferrule but this is not a good idea because that may remove the stains but also roughens up the ferrule thereby letting more chalk be embedded in it.

Now we get to the wooden part of the shaft. The main thing to remember is not to put any undue stresses on the shaft or else it would get ruined. Never do anything such as bending the shaft into the cloth when shooting. To keep the shaft smooth and clean you only need to rub it down after every use or when necessary during long sessions of play. There are many ways to do this and many of them doesn't have to cost any extra money to do. You can use the brown paper napkins inside of restrooms or plain brown paper bags to smoothen and clean the shaft. You just need to make a few swipes on your shaft and it would be smooth and clean. You can also use the very fine grits of sandpaper if you want something more abbrasive and wish to spend money. Remember to use the very fine grits such as 6000 and above. Just be sure to make only a few passes because you will be taking wood off the shaft. Please note that if you use the rougher grits, you are increasing the chances of your shaft reducing in diameter.

The butt of the cue is the final part of our cue care guide. This should be a very easy part of the cue to maintain. All you have to do is use a soft, clean cloth and wipe it down at the end of each playing session. That's all the needs to be done. You will hear people advertising the use of this chemical or that cleaner on the Irish linen wrap. However, since the wrap was designed to be changed in the long run, buying and using these liquids would be a waste of money and might hurt the cue in the long run. The wrap can be cleaned, however, but it is suggested that it be taken to a cue maker/mechanic. He has the proper equipment to clean and dry the wrap without doing harm to the cue.

About The Author: Poolplayer is a road player from the Bay Area in Northern California.

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