Why buy a custom cue over a national brand?

Avathar

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oh and to add something to the actual topic ... I happen to have a good friend being a local cue maker and I did like a lot of his work. I also always wanted some of my favorite parts of the Norse Gods legends being incorporated adequately to a cue (i.e. there are some Thor hammers in production cues, but they kind of look cheap)
Also I wanted a super light cue (with shaft 17.5 Oz), a certain balance and certain woods that I saw in his cabinet and straight ahead fell in love.
So we discussed how to add Odin's spear and the Midgard serpent to the design and he started with the work.
Then my wife developed some potentially serious illness (luckily se seems to have gone through it safely) and so we added two strands of her hair to the joing and butt cap, just before he put on the finish ... do I play any better with it than before with my similarly weighted McDermot? Of course not ... still it feels great, it shoots nicely and it is gorgeous and one of a kind and my wife travels with me on all my business trips around the world :)
Now I just need to learn to use it appropriately
 

philly

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Next time you see a pro, ask them right
before a match with a player of equal skill
if they will switch their cue with a house cue.

That last sentence might be the stupidest
common phrase in the pool hall.

While any cue in good shape will due, a cue strange to you is not going to benefit anyone except your opponent.
Of course they won't.
But if Van Boening walked into your poolroom do you doubt that he
would take a cue off the wall and beat every player in there?
That's all I am saying.
I think the CF shafts are all hype.
Would Lassiter be a better 9 ball player if he had a CF shaft?
I think not.
 

pt109

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I had a friend in the 80s...worth a lot...he had two fun cars...two seaters.
he had the Benz going 135 mph...he had the Porsche going 135 mph.
He said the Porsche could be driven with one finger on the wheel at that speed....
...the Benz needed both hands.

I‘ve had one snooker cue and several pool cues like that Porsche....
....if you don’t know the difference between them and a house cue...that’s your problem.
 

JoeyInCali

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If the pros did not get paid to play with big production cues, they'd be all getting custom cues made .
PRIDE of ownership would be #1 factor . Who would not want a nice cue made for them ? Nobody.
And the cue can be tailored to their liking .
A few Taiwanese pros play with SW . SW do not pay them to play with their cues . Taiwan pros before also played with Gina cue and Cognoscenti .
 

JoeyInCali

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Of course they won't.
But if Van Boening walked into your poolroom do you doubt that he
would take a cue off the wall and beat every player in there?
That's all I am saying.
I think the CF shafts are all hype.
Would Lassiter be a better 9 ball player if he had a CF shaft?
I think not.
He wouldn't.
Shane is very particular about his shaft taper. They look like long twigs. lol
 

JC

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You mean it wasn’t for the dating advantage of a green card status?


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14 years later I doubt it.

Nothing feels quite like busting out your new honey and half the dudes in the place have already banged her.
 

couldnthinkof01

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Of course they won't.
But if Van Boening walked into your poolroom do you doubt that he
would take a cue off the wall and beat every player in there?
That's all I am saying.
I think the CF shafts are all hype.
Would Lassiter be a better 9 ball player if he had a CF shaft?
I think not.
Shane has come and lost with his own cue.
He aint playing for anything he cares about
with a bar cue.
Carbon shafts are just the new thing. They
play ok. Not my cup of tea.
Lassiter would be best with whatever he
has grown accustomed to.
 

philly

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He wouldn't.
Shane is very particular about his shaft taper. They look like long twigs. lol
Of course he is particular.
So am I and so are you.
I have a custom with 4 shafts that are identical in taper and tip that I rotate.
The point is, not to sound repetitive, it really is the Indian not the arrow.
Of course people like to feel comfortable with the stick they have in hand
but a top notch player can take a stick off the wall and still play like a pro
because they have the skills and knowledge of a pro.
 
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JoeyInCali

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Of course he is particular.
So am I and so are you.
I have a custom with 4 shafts that are identical in taper and tip that I rotate.
The point is, not to sound repetitive, it really is the Indian not the arrow.
Of course people like to feel comfortable with the stick they have in hand
but a top notch player can take a stick off the wall and still play like a pro
because they have the skills and knowledge of a pro.
Indians didn't go to Walmart to buy their bows.
They were custom made.
 

philly

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Indians didn't go to Walmart to buy their bows.
They were custom made.
In a pinch a Walmart cue will work just fine for a pro though, and the pro will still beat everyone in the local room
with that Walmart stick.
Don't get me wrong, if given a choice, they would design their own.
They play with CF shafts because that is part of their contract, to promote their sponsors product
so the public will take notice and extrapolate that the shaft the pro is using will make them play like that pro.
There is no shortage of gullible people playing our game.
Doesn't work that way in reality but if it makes one feel good to get the latest and newest then have at it.
Everyone is free to spend their own money as they wish.
I'm just not buying into that.
I think it's table time and playing better players more than the shaft you are using that makes you a better player.
 

pt109

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Of course he is particular.
So am I and so are you.
I have a custom with 4 shafts that are identical in taper and tip that I rotate.
The point is, not to sound repetitive, it really is the Indian not the arrow.
Of course people like to feel comfortable with the stick they have in hand
but a top notch player can take a stick off the wall and still play like a pro
because they have the skills and knowledge of a pro.
That theory doesn’t hold up in real life, Philly.
Countless examples of how important a cue is....mostly how it spins.
....it’s the arrow AND the Indian.
Geronimo would’ve agreed with me.
 

chenjy9

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That theory doesn’t hold up in real life, Philly.
Countless examples of how important a cue is....mostly how it spins.
....it’s the arrow AND the Indian.
Geronimo would’ve agreed with me.
Every cue hits a bit differently, even shafts of the same model line from the same cue maker. Also, ease of action and deflection does not make a cue better or a worse. It is simply a matter of adjustment.
 
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