I'm confused. How can you buy a cue ( esp an expensive one ) Without hitting balls with one ???? At least you need to be there so you can hit balls with it ! I have seen players using their "new cue' and telling me they 'Have to get used to it' ???? If that is the case, you have bought the 'wrong' cue foe YOU !!
My cues ( playing cues ) were made by a cuemaker that I could drive to and change some things ( weight, wrap, tip, etc. ). I used a number of cues coming up, so it didn't make much of a difference until I learned to play. I went to JOSS cues with some friends and saw what they were doing. I also hit balls with every JOSS I saw. In 1973 I went to see Danny and Tim at the old garage . Danny had made a cue for Lassiter that he had not picked up yet. It was the first JOSS made with a 29in
butt and a 281/2 in shaft. I hit some balls with it and loved it !!! I tried to buy it but Danny wasn't going for it ! lol. He had a forearm started very similar. I Had him build
it to Wimpy's specs. I used that cue for over 25 years of pool.
When Ivory got so expensive , I needed another cue because I didn't use a break cue ( most players broke with their playing cue. So I went to BOB Frey who I knew from working with Tim in the meat locker. BOB was on his own in the basement of his house in Maryland. Once again, I hit balls with some of BOB's cues, Found the ones I liked and had him make a cue to my JOSS specs. We spent time adj.
things ( weight, later on wrap, tips ) until it played like my JOSS . Bob is a great cue maker and a great guy.
I never had to 'get used to a cue' !
After covid....move ! lol. Good luck my friendI'm afraid that some of us don't have the luxury of access to some of these brands and cuemakers. I'm in the UK and there is not one location I could visit to try a range of (American Pool) cues nor cuemakers before buying. No doubt it's a little easier for our European neighbours though.
Good to know. Just another reason i wouldn't live in the UK. I'm up to about 250 so far.I'm afraid that some of us don't have the luxury of access to some of these brands and cuemakers. I'm in the UK and there is not one location I could visit to try a range of (American Pool) cues nor cuemakers before buying. No doubt it's a little easier for our European neighbours though.