shorter cue?

mgonfishn

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The other day someone came up to me and asked me to try out their new cue. The cue was made about 2-3 inches shorter if i remember correctly. Anyways I ran a two pack the second I picked it up and it felt great. I am short in stature and don't have a large wingspan so I was wondering if a shorter cue would suit me better. So basically wondering if a shorter cue would help out a shorter persons game.
 

mattp

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I am 5 and a half feet tall(or short depending on the day) and I thought the same thing. Awhile back, I bought a viking with a shorter shaft and although it plays nice, there are way to many shots that I have to stretch to reach instead of just making my bridge length longer. You can have it for $100 which is less than half of what I paid.
 

Tony_in_MD

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Longer cues became the "standard" after 9 ball replaced straight pool. Mostly because the game required you to reach for many more shots.

There are some who believe shorter cues play better, it is all what you are used to in my opinion. My wife has a cue that was gifted to her by the late Mich Cochran. It is a shorter cue, and it plays good. But all of his cues do play well......

Long vs Short, there are really no rules in all of this.
 
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FranCrimi

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The other day someone came up to me and asked me to try out their new cue. The cue was made about 2-3 inches shorter if i remember correctly. Anyways I ran a two pack the second I picked it up and it felt great. I am short in stature and don't have a large wingspan so I was wondering if a shorter cue would suit me better. So basically wondering if a shorter cue would help out a shorter persons game.

Snooker cues are shorter cues. Players of all sizes use them. The great cue maker Ray Schuler (RIP) used to tell me that he thought the cue length that we normally use in pool is too long. He said that shorter cues are a much more efficient use of the cue.

I think it depends on the style of game you play. If you often shoot big shots with big follow through, you might need a little more length. Pro player Nikki Benish comes to my mind. She was short but she used a long cue ---And she stretched out and made those big shots with ease. She could have chosen the option to use a shorter cue at any time but she didn't.

In NYC, years ago when everyone was playing 14.1, players chose longer cues over shorter ones so they could shoot those hard to reach break shots that they didn't want to have to shoot with a mechanical bridge.
 

The Renfro

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Pat Fleming will tell you a shorter cue is like stealing.... He has been known to be right on occasion... In contrary you have Strickland who I think is now playing with one of the Lances from one of those mid-evil festivals.....
 

billy bones

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cue length

Snooker cues are shorter cues. Players of all sizes use them. The great cue maker Ray Schuler (RIP) used to tell me that he thought the cue length that we normally use in pool is too long. He said that shorter cues are a much more efficient use of the cue.

I think it depends on the style of game you play. If you often shoot big shots with big follow through, you might need a little more length. Pro player Nikki Benish comes to my mind. She was short but she used a long cue ---And she stretched out and made those big shots with ease. She could have chosen the option to use a shorter cue at any time but she didn't.

In NYC, years ago when everyone was playing 14.1, players chose longer cues over shorter ones so they could shoot those hard to reach break shots that they didn't want to have to shoot with a mechanical bridge.

If memory serves me well I believe Jimmy Reid espoused the virtues of the shorter cue. He seemed to have no difficulty making the big shots. When I began playing 57" was a common length cue. I have had 57" , 58" & 59.5" cues. I played well with all of them. In the end it come down to a matter of personal preference. What you become accustomed to, what you are comfortable with, what you have confidence with.

There is no right or wrong here. Pool is a very personal, individual endeavor. Experiment, see what works for you. It is not uncommon to have different cues for different purposes. Approach it with an open mind & find what works for you.

God luck & good pool folks!

Billy Bones :thumbup:
 

Mitchxout

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I "think" I play better with a 57. I installed a longer bumper so I'd have something to hang on to when stretched out.
 
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