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Pool Cue's Today

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Posted By Wilson F.

Billiards or pool is a fun game to play with friends and family. There are also highly competitive professionals that participate in tournaments for prize money. While some people may not find the game of pool as exciting as outdoor professional sports, billiards and the pool cue used to play billiards have a pretty interesting history that should be examined so you can better appreciate the modern sport and its variations that people continue to play today.

The Early Years

Surprisingly, the game that led to the whole idea of billiards was played outdoors and it was quite similar to croquet. During the middle ages, people wanted to incorporate the game mechanics into an indoor game. The fact that the game was played on the grass served as the inspiration to make the pool table green. Regarding the pool cue, a large wooden staff was used as the playing instrument. These types of billiards pool cues were referred to as maces because they have a large head at one end. However, the mace pool cue was designed to shove the ball instead of strike it. The game became popular in the 1500s.

The Later Revisions

The earliest designs billiards pool cues weren't perfect, as some players had difficulty with hitting the ball. To counter the problem, players used the large butt end to hit the ball. This lead to the term pool cue because queue means tail in French.

The Modern Pool Cue

It was only in the 1800s that pool cue manufacturers decided to make two different sections of billiards pool cues. The shaft which is one section of the modern pool cue is made separately from the other which is the butt because different materials are used to handle costs and balance the usability. For instance, some pool cues have a larger shaft and butt. Fiberglass or graphite pool ques are used to prevent warping over time. The design of the tip was also refined to allow players to strike the cue ball with more accuracy and power.

Today there are various designs of pool cues to suit different types of players. New players should be fine with the inexpensive sticks made of maple wood because they are very easy to use. Professional players may opt for more durable sticks that combine various materials together for added weight and better control. There are even some billiards pool cues that emphasize their attractive design, making them greater collectors' items.

Comments (6)

By Antoine L. on AUG 16 2017 @ 9:02PM

No wonder the felt is green, it's like grass!

By Herbert W. on AUG 16 2017 @ 7:01PM

I don't think we realize how important the tip is in making the game playable, and how it really hasn't been around the way it is for very long.

By Xavier M. on AUG 16 2017 @ 7:20AM

I had no idea that billiards came from croquet, but it does makes sense if you think about it.

By Kenny O. on AUG 15 2017 @ 7:06PM

The best way to check if a cue is straight is the roll it on top of the table while watching the tip. If you see it wobble, it's warped if not, you found a winner.

By Ken P. on AUG 15 2017 @ 7:17AM

Is it just luck if your wood cues warp or not? I have some from the same brand that are really bent now, and some that are fine.

By Rochelle C. on AUG 14 2017 @ 1:03PM

I guess we changed the spelling from queue to cue. I didn't know that it meant tail.

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