I for one recognize a cue's beauty at the highest level in an unwrapped cue marked by the intricate and delicate care and attention placed in the engineering of a cue sport icon, combining the natural beauty of wood and inlay material to produce stunning patterns, designs and looks.
Some people prefer to play unwrapped cues as they say that every shot is felt more with the feedback traveling down the wood, directly into the hand without any linen or leather barrier.
Unwrapped cues are for those who prefer the classic look, the classic feel of au-naturale, and for those who appreciate art at its finest.
Wrapped cues I believe are for those who need the extra grip and are looking for something that looks bold and rough with beauty.
Leather & Leather embossed grips add a little extra luxury flare as well as the capability to soak up sweat from the hands, disabling any "slippage" when making that crucial stroke in a game. Truly bold, truly suave.
Irish Linen wraps are for those who do not fear the table - those who see the cue as their weapon to win the trophy. It is perfect for those who want to learn the art of the game as slipping is less likely to occur.
All said and done, it's all a matter of what feels right for you.
I love collecting unwrapped cues and leather wrap cues and preserve them for their beauty. I love playing linen wrap cues as it feels right for me.
Even if my hand perspires I would still go for linen wrap - leather feels weird in my hand.
You have that sport grip on hybrid cues you see now days - that's not bad - really does provide a grip; a little too much grip i'm afraid.
My shot requires that little slip at the end of the stroke where momentum is thrust forward just nicely and the tip follows through a nice 4-inches into the shot landing my hand a few centimeters back of where I originally gripped the cue.
People can tell me as many times as they want that that's a horrible way to play, but it's right for me and it does the job great - for that, I see linen wrap as being perfect. Unwrapped gives more slip, leather and sport wraps give little or no slip, and linen is just about right for me.