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By Jeanette Lee
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Mar: Selecting A Cue
March 2014
Q: I have a new table at home, and it came with a fiberglass cue. I'm looking for a new cue that is not too costly. What advice do you have?
Scott French, El Paso, Tex.

A: There are no set rules for selecting a cue. Beginners don't really know what they are looking for, so the more you play with different cues, the better idea you'll have. For starters, if you have an opportunity to be around other players, ask them if you can try their cue. Take shots with as many different cues as you can. Some retail stores allow you to take a few shots with a cue. The weight and the weight-balance are critical, as is the taper. You can usually feel where the balance is on a cue as soon as you shoot with it. It can be toward the middle, or it can be toward the butt end. You'll immediately know which feels better in your hands. The taper of the shaft can be thin all the way down the shaft (which is referred to as a "pro taper"), or it can be gradual from the joint all the way up to the tip. I prefer the pro taper, but again, there is no hard and set rule. I also prefer wood cues to composite, but there is no science behind that. It's just a preference. As for cost, plan to spend at least $150.