Over the years and speaking with many cue-makers, I decided the following.
The only unknown variable is whether a particular cue has a large weight bolt.
Original maple shafts should be at the minimum 18-19% of the cue’s playing weight.
Cues with shafts lighter, regardless of the shaft diameter or taper, just feel different.
Personally, even that is too light for me and I use 20% as the minimum & even prefer
shafts weighing 22-23%. All of my ivory jointed cues (6) have shafts that are >20%
of the cue’s playing weight (18.5 -18.7 ozs). Bob and Jerry were very particular when
they selected shaft wood for my cues (4) and well, my TS and EP cue’s came that way.
Great cue-makers know the importance of weight matching the shafts and butt for feel.
I am not saying a pool cue that has a light weight original maple shaft would not be to the
preference of some players. The bottom line has always been play with what you like and
that especially applies to cues. I’ve found that those type cues just have a distinctly different
feel and balance that I really do not care for at all. Again, weight bolts are the biggest variable
so you need to know what is in the butt of your cue to start with. Two of my customs were made
sans any weight bolt so the target cue weight could be met. IMO, having closely matched specs
on the cues in any collection, regardless if it’s 2 or 20, makes playing with the cues more enjoyable.
Additionally, it enables you to switch cues easily and also compare & contrast different cue-makers.
Now obviously, a 13mm shaft would tend to be heavier than a 12.5mm shaft. And a shorter taper also
tends to be heavier than a long taper. Plus a piloted joint shaft has extra weight because of the brass.
Yes, there are variables that will come to mind but my cues are flat faced ivory so the shaft weight is
comprised of tip, ivory ferrules, collar rings and wood. The connection point between the two halves of
a cue is a topic for a different thread and gosh knows, there’s a potpourri of opinions about joint types.
Anyway, returning to the topic of shaft weight, carbon fiber and low defection shafts are a different breed
of animal but original maple shafts, now that is something I feel comfortable and qualified to opine about.
Just review the cues made by the best names in cue-making for the past 75 years. It coincides with this.