The never ending quest for the perfect cue (long, boring rant).

vapoolplayer

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What is likely the case is it’s the “chase” that really interests you. Very common. And nothing wrong with it.

But, it simply won’t go away as people suggest “just go play” or “it’s the Indian.”

As more than likely, you are just associating the chase with pool as that’s your chosen hobby. If you changed hobbies, you’d likely find yourself chasing there.

It’s just like collecting baseball cards. As soon as you get the one you always wanted, you are on the hunt for the next one.

If that’s the case, just accept it and keep a cue around that is old faithful but also keep rotating your secondary or tertiary cues. You’ll get the thrill of the chase as well as the benefit of a cue you play well with.
 

Bavafongoul

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I haven't really read any of the comments because I just basically wanted to make a comment. When I was younger I was like a nut I got cues from anybody and everybody from Ginacue to Szambodi and everybody in between plus most all of the production cues.

I was always kind of jealous of people who liked their cues. I knew Steve Cook pretty well and he played with the same cue for so many years and getting a new cue was just never on his radar. I used to think it must be nice to actually like your cue.
I carry a 6x12 cue case; my other cues remain at home. I can state with confidence that if I could only
play with one cue for the rest of my life, any of the six cues in my case would please me absolutely fine.

Heck, you could choose the cue for me and I’d be completely happy. You can do that when you own what
you like and all the cues were built with the same specs. It makes it easy to switch cues & fall in love again.
 

middleofnowhere

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I carry a 6x12 cue case; my other cues remain at home. I can state with confidence that if I could only
play with one cue for the rest of my life, any of the six cues in my case would please me absolutely fine.

Heck, you could choose the cue for me and I’d be completely happy. You can do that when you own what
you like and all the cues were built with the same specs. It makes it easy to switch cues & fall in love again.
You make a point also. Changing spects too much. You can go nuts doing that.
 

Texas Carom Club

pool is stupid and i hate all of you
Silver Member
didnt read any,
i dont look for the perfect cue, i just see one that looks pretty to me and want to have it
ill get used to any kind of cue, a sneaky with a 13mm or a carbon with 11.5mm tip and 17inch taper
 

Matt_24

AzB Silver Member
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I have a Southwest, a beautiful QB Custom....but for playing, the only cue I take out to play is my early 90s Schon with 314 shaft. That is like an extension of my arm. Mostly because I only play with it all of the time and I don't really have to think while using it. That is where you want to get with a cue.
 

CocoboloCowboy

Cowboys are my hero's
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I carry a 6x12 cue case; my other cues remain at home. I can state with confidence that if I could only
play with one cue for the rest of my life, any of the six cues in my case would please me absolutely fine.

Heck, you could choose the cue for me and I’d be completely happy. You can do that when you own what
you like and all the cues were built with the same specs. It makes it easy to switch cues & fall in love again.


6 x 12 Case is a lot of weight to carry.

Think your work hard before your get you player out.

I personally use a 2 x 4 and most go with old reliable.

Not magic except when I am in sinking zone, then every ball I shoot goes in.

Say self today is good day.
 

Welder84

AzB Silver Member
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Like many on here, I've spent my entire playing life searching for that gem, the best possible pool cue. My first cue was an Adam. I loved that cue, but people kept telling me I'd get more spin with a Meucci. Like an idiot I believed them. I did get spin with the Meucci, but the cue would twist and squirm in my arms like a puppy that you've held too long. There was near zero feel on the soft shots and on the hard shots, the whole cue would vibrate, violently up and down and side to side. Needless to say, that got old. So I bought a Predator with a Z shaft. While the butts have been changing back and forth I've been going back to the Z shaft almost every time I get tired of a cue. It just delivers so much precision. Every mm of elevation makes the cueball do something different. When you are in dead stroke, I venture to say that no other shaft is better, but then there is the small matter of the 99.9% of times when you are not. And when you're really not, it's hell playing with that shaft. You seem to throw every long shot out of the pocket when making it matters the most. It's like the pool cue equivalent of the girlfriend that you remember fondly, but she is completely nuts. "Why oh why did I ever break up with her, shes perfect I should try one more time", then the dinner plates start hitting the floor and you remember..

I bought some customs that weren't quite right and sold them immediately..Then I bought a McDermott, which was pretty good but some guy offered a lot of money for it so I sold it. So I bought a Mezz. And frankly, the Mezz cue with a WD 700 shafts is probably the best allround cue I've ever owned. It does everything well, and everyone who tries it seem to like it, no matter what their playing style happens to be. But then the voices in my head started whispering again..."This shaft is too mellow, it hides your flaws". So I bought a conical taper cue that hit so hard it was like running face first into a brick wall. Then I bought another one just like it. And they made me miserable, even if I played ok...and then I went back to the Z and now of course I've come to the same realization I did EVERY time I did that, that this shaft is just too damned difficult to play with for mortal men. THen I start playing with 14mm shafts, house cues, garbage cues and I start playing well. I have no idea whats up with that? And then the inevitable crash comes...

So I'm back on the search again. Looking for a cue with perfect balance, with a shaft that is fairly thin, but not too thin, low deflecting but not too low deflecting, that has a hit that is not too harsh but not too mellow, with the right weight and wrapless...It's hopeless, I'll never find it, but I guess like always my preferences change as I train more. The better I play, the more I favour a hard hit, hard tips and unforgiving cues. But then I have a bad night and doubt creeps in...I train and train and tweek the fundamentals endlessly, but can't change the feeling that maybe, just maybe with a different cue...I know it's bs, but I can't help myself and neither can anyone else I know with this dreadful, lifelong addiction. We're addicts beyond any help or recovery, no program can help us. The dragons we chase are every bit as elusive as the other addicts' dragons, though they won't kill us, it's just as hopeless of a pursuit and perhaps even less comprehensible to sane people watching. "Just buy a cue and train, they say". What do they know, about the regret of selling your best cues and the triumph of finding the one, though it never ever lasts? The nostalgic journeys to the back of the closet, wandering through the small forest of shafts and cues (forest of shame and misspent money) and spending more time than any woman trying to decide what to take to a night out? Nothing, that's what!
A cue to me is a piece of sports equipment (like a tennis racket or hockey stick). Change the grip, weight, length, shaft and tip to suite you.

Everything else is just fluff.

I took a lesson from Earl once and he said something interesting, "the feel of a cue always changes as time goes on". So I adapt and try things.
 

71dewajack

Active member
What is likely the case is it’s the “chase” that really interests you. Very common. And nothing wrong with it.

But, it simply won’t go away as people suggest “just go play” or “it’s the Indian.”

As more than likely, you are just associating the chase with pool as that’s your chosen hobby. If you changed hobbies, you’d likely find yourself chasing there.

It’s just like collecting baseball cards. As soon as you get the one you always wanted, you are on the hunt for the next one.

If that’s the case, just accept it and keep a cue around that is old faithful but also keep rotating your secondary or tertiary cues. You’ll get the thrill of the chase as well as the benefit of a cue you play well with.
Wise advice here for those that especially enjoy seeing that triangle box show up, over, and over, and over again:)
 

MmmSharp

Nudge is as good as a wink to a blind bat.
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I like to try different things. What i found out is i have a real hard time adjusting to the low deflection cues. I stick to solid maple. My goto is my full splice sugar tree. While i will try other cues or play with other cues i have, when it is serious play the sugartree is my cue.
 
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