Pool Cue's Today
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.