Pool is an international cue sport that is very popular with people of all age groups. One of the popular variants of pool is 8 ball pool. It is played on a pool table using 15 object balls, a cue ball and cue sticks. The player who pockets all their designated balls (stripes or solids) followed by the 8 ball wins the game.
The game of 8 ball pool happens to be one of the most entertaining indoor games. It is a great way to socialize with like-minded people and take a break from a hectic schedule. Due to its growing popularity, many online gaming companies created pool games online. And guess what, they were an instant hit!
But a game of pool can be really challenging for beginners. If you are serious about playing pool, you can start by choosing the right cue stick. This accessory will greatly impact your game. Using the right cue will help you make even the most difficult shot well in the game.
Like every other accessory, pool cues also need TLC (tender loving care). Proper care will increase the shelf life of a cue. In this article, we will give you amazing tips to maintain a pool cue. Let’s begin.
Get a Cue Case
Pool cues are highly sensitive to extreme temperatures. Extreme temperatures affect the straightness and adhesion of cues. Extremely hot and cold weather conditions will cause expansion and contraction of the stick, leaving it warped and crooked. In order to prevent such damage, get a high-quality cue case. It helps protect cue sticks from dents, scratches, and moisture. After every game, ensure storing it in a cue case.
Chalk the Cue Properly
Chalking the cue tip creates friction between the cue stick and the cue ball. It causes spins and allows better ball controls. Therefore, chalking is important to maintain a cue stick. Before chalking, ensure using the chalk on a flat surface (in case of new chalks, make sure the tip indentation is not too deep). Now lightly brush the chalk on the cue tip and cover the entire surface. During the process, do not grind or rub the chalk too much as it might leave a stain or scratch the tip.
Pay Attention to Tip Maintenance
Many brands do not shape cue tips, so you will need to scuff the cue end before playing a pool game if the cue tip is not already shaped. Keep shaping the tip to avoid flattening or miscueing. Thankfully, there are several tools available for tip maintenance. You can use simple discs to shape the tip, or you can use high-end tools that shape, burnish, tap, scuff, and pick the tip. Though a harder tip lasts longer, a softer tip will provide better ball control.
You can also apply a small amount of wax to the end of the cue and burnish the tip. This action will prevent expansion and improve the relationship between the cue ball and the tip.
Clean the Shaft Regularly
Over a period of time, dirt, sweat, and chalk start accumulating on the cue shaft, making it sticky and difficult to use. You can take care of that by using a cue cleaner or burnisher. Using a cue cleaner will remove dirt and polish the surface, giving it a lustrous look. Also, do not use heavy grade sandpaper as it may scratch and whittle the cue shaft. If you apply moisture while cleaning the shaft, ensure wiping it right away to prevent wood damage.
We hope this guide will help you maintain your pool cue well and improve its life span. In fact, you can preserve your cue and pass it on to future generations to play pool games.