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Peer
11-19-2006, 08:19 AM
Obviously, this has been asked many many times before -- but I'm punchy and hence would like to know how ye current AzB people think about this issue:

Mr. Wilson
11-19-2006, 09:15 AM
As big or bigger than anything you listed, the joint.


For me, a combo of joint and tip. Shaft taper matters too.

SnakePool
11-19-2006, 09:48 AM
I am saying shaft. You can put an ob-1 on just about any cue and make hit good.

Tip factors in when it comes down to an individual's opinion.

Joint "material" is a good factor, I myself do not like a Stainless Steel joint.

A well balanced butt is a great factor in a good-hitting cue.

JoeyInCali
11-19-2006, 10:14 AM
I am saying shaft. You can put an ob-1 on just about any cue and make hit good.

Lemme make you a butt with crappy maple handle wood and crappy maple forearm and add 3 oz, of weight, have polymer collar and very slim taper.
I bet you change your opinion on that. :)

SnakePool
11-19-2006, 10:42 AM
Notice I said "just about any cue" those are key words...

My boss has a mcdermott that it does it absolutely no justice. It hits like a rotten old wet sponge.

Double-Dave
11-19-2006, 10:54 AM
I voted for tip. Obviously all things matter a great deal, but when I have to select a house cue to play with, I look at the tip first and foremost, a bit of a warp doesn't bother me (in a house cue).

gr. Dave

rlw
11-19-2006, 10:58 AM
There is so many different factors that goes in to a good cue that's it's hard to pick just one. :eek:

JoeyInCali
11-19-2006, 11:00 AM
There is so many different factors that goes in to a good cue that's it's hard to pick just one. :eek:
It's the sum of all parts.

cfrandy
11-19-2006, 11:05 AM
When asked this question I usually give the answer, "The 29-inches above the joint". However, when (seldom) I must use a house cue you'll find me hunched in a corner ;) working the cuetip with my Ultimate Tip Tool!

sde
11-19-2006, 12:45 PM
There is so many different factors that goes in to a good cue that's it's hard to pick just one. :eek:

But if you HAD to pick just one what would it be?
Nice to see you posting.:)

Steve

nipper
11-19-2006, 12:52 PM
for me a soft tip is a must above all else

randyg
11-19-2006, 12:55 PM
The Handler!!!!randyg

dave fingers
11-19-2006, 03:24 PM
The only true answer to this question is What Feels Good In Your Hands. Everyone is different and everyone has their own opinions.
If you did not notice, almost every reply starts their 1st sentence w/ for me.

And I agree w/ what Mr. RandyG had to say also. A good player can shoot w/ anything.

BarenbruggeCues
11-19-2006, 03:31 PM
How good looking the builder is?

I vote for what J in C said and will go for the sum of all involved.
It really is hard to pin point just one part but I guess the tip might play a main factor. (try playing without one!)

ioCross
11-19-2006, 03:34 PM
i for one think the construction of the butt has a lot to do with the hit of the cue. i've had an affinity for preadator shafts since they came out. i used to think once you put a 314 on any butt the cue would hit the same, but to my surprise i learned that isnt the case.

the first cue i had witha 314 was a lucasi sneaky with a 314. that combination hit excellent, but i wanted something a little more prettier than it. so i moved onto a jerry oliver with a 314. that cue hit the best out of any cue i've ever owned. a friend of mine, after hitting balls with my cue for an hour decided he'd get one for his jacoby sp. well, i dont know what it was about the cue, but it just felt.... weird. the hit was completely different from the JO or the lucasi, and not in a good way either. then a friend of mine bought a 4k6 with a 314, and after experimenting with that cue i found it also had a different "feel" than my JO. however, after playing with that 4k6, and also playing with a 4k2 i realized that those two cues made by predator pretty much had the same feel to it.

so basically theres 6 different cues, all with the same shaft, which all hit differently from each other. now im no expert in cue making or the properties of cues in general but it's something worth mentioning.

skins
11-19-2006, 03:36 PM
It's the sum of all parts.

......ditto

manwon
11-19-2006, 05:10 PM
Obviously, this has been asked many many times before -- but I'm punchy and hence would like to know how ye current AzB people think about this issue:

The Kebbler Elves, I heard that it is Elfin Magic!!!!!:p :D

Manwon

Gregg
11-19-2006, 07:23 PM
What makes a cue good is a great player shooting with it.

Nobody complains after that.;)

Peer
11-19-2006, 09:33 PM
rlw wrote:
> There is so many different factors that goes in
> to a good cue that's it's hard to pick just one.

Yea, I know that -- and I also know that everyone else here knows that. But this question/poll is set up as a purely binary thingee -- i.e., pick the option that you feel is closest to your beliefs... and if you can't find it, vote for the American Idol... Who fokking cares..?! It's just a silly poll.

-- peer

sde
11-19-2006, 10:15 PM
And I agree w/ what Mr. RandyG had to say also. A good player can shoot w/ anything.

That is sure the truth. I know a player that plays pretty sporty with a BROOM HANDLE.

Steve

bigskyjake
11-19-2006, 10:30 PM
having an elkmaster on the end of any good cue makes it great

curlyscues
11-19-2006, 11:44 PM
That is sure the truth. I know a player that plays pretty sporty with a BROOM HANDLE.

Steve
i only did that a couple of times before they took it away. ;)
M.C.