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#1: First serious cue?

Posted on 2006-07-14 12:28:27 by xhopex

I have played pool off and on for quite a few years and played in my
first 8 ball league this past winter. My skills are just beginning to
shape up and I have a long way to go before I feel like I am playing to
my potential. I have just invested in a Gold Crown III that is about to
be set up in my basement.

Finally the question:

I have been considering purchasing a new cue. I don't have any need for
it to be a collectable thing of beauty. What I want is a cue that will
help me build a solid foundation of pool skills. I don't want to buy
over my head, but I also want quality.

Is this enough information to ask for advice on what to look for?

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#2: Re: First serious cue?

Posted on 2006-07-14 15:04:34 by Ron Shepard

In article &lt;<a href="mailto:1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com" target="_blank">1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com</a>&gt;,
&quot;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt; I have played pool off and on for quite a few years and played in my
&gt; first 8 ball league this past winter. My skills are just beginning to
&gt; shape up and I have a long way to go before I feel like I am playing to
&gt; my potential. I have just invested in a Gold Crown III that is about to
&gt; be set up in my basement.
&gt;
&gt; Finally the question:
&gt;
&gt; I have been considering purchasing a new cue. I don't have any need for
&gt; it to be a collectable thing of beauty. What I want is a cue that will
&gt; help me build a solid foundation of pool skills. I don't want to buy
&gt; over my head, but I also want quality.
&gt;
&gt; Is this enough information to ask for advice on what to look for?

For an answer to this and to many other frequently asked questions,
see <a href="http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html." target="_blank">http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html.</a>

$.02 -Ron Shepard

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#3: Re: First serious cue?

Posted on 2006-07-14 18:13:26 by NoPoliticalCalls

Ron Shepard wrote:
&gt; In article &lt;<a href="mailto:1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com" target="_blank">1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com</a>&gt;,
&gt; &quot;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt; &gt; I have been considering purchasing a new cue. I don't have any need for
&gt; &gt; it to be a collectable thing of beauty. What I want is a cue that will
&gt; &gt; help me build a solid foundation of pool skills. I don't want to buy
&gt; &gt; over my head, but I also want quality.
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; Is this enough information to ask for advice on what to look for?
&gt;
&gt; For an answer to this and to many other frequently asked questions,
&gt; see <a href="http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html." target="_blank">http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html.</a>

In addition to Ron's 2 cents, here's mine:

1. Buy a cue you won't mind selling a year from now. Your skills and
knowledge are going to change (for the better, we hope) and so will you
preferences in cue characteristics. Cues are like women - it's not
unusual to go through several before settling down with the one you
love. Indeed, it's highly desirable and lots of fun! :-)

2. Buy a Sir Joseph brand shooting glove; say goodbye to sticky hands
and yucky hand chalk. Wash the glove after each session in liquid soap
and water to flush out chalk dust. You won't have to clean your cue's
shaft as often.

3. Read the FAQ's advice on repairing minor dents in the cue's shaft.
They're inevitable, but easily fixed. Don't steam, rub or sand out
dents; the water-soak technique is kindest to your cue. (Tip: it's
rarely necessary to let a dent soak in water overnight. Thirty to 60
minutes has sufficed for me.) If water doesn't work, see a cue
repairman.

4. Good prices on good cues can be had from eBay. Some sellers I
recommend include americancowboybilliards; bankshotbilliards;
crowncues; cuelady64; and desi2960. There are many other good ones but
these are in the $300 and under range. (Beware of cues shipped from
Asia and the South Pacific. They're often flashy but of poor materials
and workmanship. You will NOT get a good shooting cue loaded with
ivory, points, and inlays for $100 or less.)

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#4: Re: First serious cue?

Posted on 2006-07-14 19:13:51 by Pat Hall

One thing I might add to this is look around in your area for a local
cue maker and talk to him about a low end starter type cue. It's always
nice to support the local economy when you can and some of the smaller
local cue makers are turning out great cues for reasonable prices.
One thing I disagree with David on is that you may get a 2nd cue or a
third cue but your first cue will always be special and I wouldn't sell
it. I still have my first Viking cue from 1966. I guess the woman
analogy is accurate in that respect too. LOL

PatH


Dhakala wrote:
&gt; Ron Shepard wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt;In article &lt;<a href="mailto:1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com" target="_blank">1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com</a>&gt;,
&gt;&gt; &quot;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt;I have been considering purchasing a new cue. I don't have any need for
&gt;&gt;&gt;it to be a collectable thing of beauty. What I want is a cue that will
&gt;&gt;&gt;help me build a solid foundation of pool skills. I don't want to buy
&gt;&gt;&gt;over my head, but I also want quality.
&gt;&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt;Is this enough information to ask for advice on what to look for?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;For an answer to this and to many other frequently asked questions,
&gt;&gt;see <a href="http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html." target="_blank">http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html.</a>
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; In addition to Ron's 2 cents, here's mine:
&gt;
&gt; 1. Buy a cue you won't mind selling a year from now. Your skills and
&gt; knowledge are going to change (for the better, we hope) and so will you
&gt; preferences in cue characteristics. Cues are like women - it's not
&gt; unusual to go through several before settling down with the one you
&gt; love. Indeed, it's highly desirable and lots of fun! :-)
&gt;
&gt; 2. Buy a Sir Joseph brand shooting glove; say goodbye to sticky hands
&gt; and yucky hand chalk. Wash the glove after each session in liquid soap
&gt; and water to flush out chalk dust. You won't have to clean your cue's
&gt; shaft as often.
&gt;
&gt; 3. Read the FAQ's advice on repairing minor dents in the cue's shaft.
&gt; They're inevitable, but easily fixed. Don't steam, rub or sand out
&gt; dents; the water-soak technique is kindest to your cue. (Tip: it's
&gt; rarely necessary to let a dent soak in water overnight. Thirty to 60
&gt; minutes has sufficed for me.) If water doesn't work, see a cue
&gt; repairman.
&gt;
&gt; 4. Good prices on good cues can be had from eBay. Some sellers I
&gt; recommend include americancowboybilliards; bankshotbilliards;
&gt; crowncues; cuelady64; and desi2960. There are many other good ones but
&gt; these are in the $300 and under range. (Beware of cues shipped from
&gt; Asia and the South Pacific. They're often flashy but of poor materials
&gt; and workmanship. You will NOT get a good shooting cue loaded with
&gt; ivory, points, and inlays for $100 or less.)
&gt;

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#5: Re: First serious cue?

Posted on 2006-07-15 00:01:02 by NoPoliticalCalls

Well, cues ARE different from women in that respect, Pat. I wouldn't
dare keep my first woman around while enjoying subsequent ones. :-)

Perhaps you can advise our inquirer how to find good local cuemakers?

Pat Hall wrote:
&gt; One thing I might add to this is look around in your area for a local
&gt; cue maker and talk to him about a low end starter type cue. It's always
&gt; nice to support the local economy when you can and some of the smaller
&gt; local cue makers are turning out great cues for reasonable prices.
&gt; One thing I disagree with David on is that you may get a 2nd cue or a
&gt; third cue but your first cue will always be special and I wouldn't sell
&gt; it. I still have my first Viking cue from 1966. I guess the woman
&gt; analogy is accurate in that respect too. LOL
&gt;
&gt; PatH
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; Dhakala wrote:
&gt; &gt; Ron Shepard wrote:
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt;&gt;In article &lt;<a href="mailto:1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com" target="_blank">1152872907.795381.224560&#64;h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com</a>&gt;,
&gt; &gt;&gt; &quot;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt;I have been considering purchasing a new cue. I don't have any need for
&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt;it to be a collectable thing of beauty. What I want is a cue that will
&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt;help me build a solid foundation of pool skills. I don't want to buy
&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt;over my head, but I also want quality.
&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt;
&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt;Is this enough information to ask for advice on what to look for?
&gt; &gt;&gt;
&gt; &gt;&gt;For an answer to this and to many other frequently asked questions,
&gt; &gt;&gt;see <a href="http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html." target="_blank">http://www.sfbilliards.com/faq.html.</a>
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; In addition to Ron's 2 cents, here's mine:
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; 1. Buy a cue you won't mind selling a year from now. Your skills and
&gt; &gt; knowledge are going to change (for the better, we hope) and so will you
&gt; &gt; preferences in cue characteristics. Cues are like women - it's not
&gt; &gt; unusual to go through several before settling down with the one you
&gt; &gt; love. Indeed, it's highly desirable and lots of fun! :-)
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; 2. Buy a Sir Joseph brand shooting glove; say goodbye to sticky hands
&gt; &gt; and yucky hand chalk. Wash the glove after each session in liquid soap
&gt; &gt; and water to flush out chalk dust. You won't have to clean your cue's
&gt; &gt; shaft as often.
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; 3. Read the FAQ's advice on repairing minor dents in the cue's shaft.
&gt; &gt; They're inevitable, but easily fixed. Don't steam, rub or sand out
&gt; &gt; dents; the water-soak technique is kindest to your cue. (Tip: it's
&gt; &gt; rarely necessary to let a dent soak in water overnight. Thirty to 60
&gt; &gt; minutes has sufficed for me.) If water doesn't work, see a cue
&gt; &gt; repairman.
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; 4. Good prices on good cues can be had from eBay. Some sellers I
&gt; &gt; recommend include americancowboybilliards; bankshotbilliards;
&gt; &gt; crowncues; cuelady64; and desi2960. There are many other good ones but
&gt; &gt; these are in the $300 and under range. (Beware of cues shipped from
&gt; &gt; Asia and the South Pacific. They're often flashy but of poor materials
&gt; &gt; and workmanship. You will NOT get a good shooting cue loaded with
&gt; &gt; ivory, points, and inlays for $100 or less.)
&gt; &gt;

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#6: Re: First serious cue?

Posted on 2006-07-15 06:31:20 by ratchet1957

<a href="mailto:xhopex&#64;mindspring.com" target="_blank">xhopex&#64;mindspring.com</a> wrote:

&gt; I have played pool off and on for quite a few years and played in my
&gt; first 8 ball league this past winter. My skills are just beginning to
&gt; shape up and I have a long way to go before I feel like I am playing to
&gt; my potential. I have just invested in a Gold Crown III that is about to
&gt; be set up in my basement.
&gt;
&gt; Finally the question:
&gt;
&gt; I have been considering purchasing a new cue. I don't have any need for
&gt; it to be a collectable thing of beauty. What I want is a cue that will
&gt; help me build a solid foundation of pool skills. I don't want to buy
&gt; over my head, but I also want quality.
&gt;
&gt; Is this enough information to ask for advice on what to look for?
&gt;

I would suggest a Lucasi Sneaky Pete or a Players cue priced in the
$ 50.00 to $ 125.00 range , They are good solid cues , have the tip of
your choice put on it , Later on if you want to buy a fancy bling cue
after learning with your other ones go right ahead , A stick of your own
is the key to it all any way no matter how much you spend on it !

Tom S. - my first cue was a Kmart special that I replaced the screw on
tip with a LePro and a new ferrule , Some one stole it !lol

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#7: Re: First serious cue?

Posted on 2006-07-16 22:25:09 by xhopex

Thanks all - your responses are much appreciated.

I really like the idea of a sneaky pete - I'll let you all know what I
end up with.

Thanks again.

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