How to Choose & Use a Pool Cue

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Learn how to choose and use a pool cue from a billiards expert in this free instructional video.

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Hi! I'm Michael Lamendola with expertvillage.com, and today we're going to shoot some pool. Alright, now the first thing you want to do before you play pool is pick out your cue. Now, we've got all different kinds of cues at the pool hall. Most of them will look like this. They weigh from about 16 ounces to 21 ounces. Usually you can find the weight somewhere along the base of them. If you can't find it just pick up a few and you can tell that some are light and some are heavy. Now, they're not all made the same. They've been in pool halls for a long time and some of them play better than others. Here's how you pick the right one. First of all, you look at the tip. If the tip is kind of nubby like this and there's not a whole lot there, you don't want to use it. If the tip has got a nice rounded edge to it and protrudes from the cue more than that, that's good. I'll explain why later. Now, the tip isn't the only thing. Also, the cue has to be level. You can look down like a gun and you won't see much. If you roll it on the table, you can see how it wobbles like that. That's not good. That basically means that if you aim straight, it's probably going to left. What you want to find is one that does this. That doesn't have a whole lot of play to it. These aren't your only choices because you can also go and purchase your own. This is mine. My father bought this for me when I was 15. It's called a 2 piece because it's portable, because it comes in 2 pieces. Usually there's a screw in the middle that attaches it. Now they make 3 pieces and probably even 4 pieces, but 2 piece is enough. This is good because you're using your own cue, so you know it. It becomes apart of you. Again, when I roll it, it rolls nice and smooth. That is how you pick out a cue.

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