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Best Pool Cues in the $100-$150 Range


Best Pool Cues in the $100-$150 Range

I am new to the game of pool but I love it and want to continue on improving my game and having fun.

I am interested in buying a new pool cue, and I am wondering what is the best pool cue in the $150-200 range? I am hoping that someone could fill me in on some good brands of cues in that price range.

Could you please let me know what is the standard pool cue size and weight of of pool cues for beginners, and what are some things you should look for and be interested in when buying an new cue?

I was looking at the Scorpion SCOG01 Graphite Cue and I am wondering what people thought of that pool cue.

cuestore.ca/pool_cues/type/graphite_cues/1/scog01

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It is about $250 which is out of my range, but is this a good cue for that money?

Best Pool Cues in the $100-$150 Range

Replies & Comments

  1. Drem19CCHHUULLIIOO on 1/26/2010 1:47:10 AM

    I HAVE PLAYED FOR 35 YEARS...AND HAVE PLAYED LEAGUE FOR 7 YEARS...IF YOU ARE GOING TO PLAY 8 OR 9 BALL I BELIEVE THE OVERALL BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK IS A MC DERMOTT... A WOOD CUE 13MM...IN THE COMPETITOR CUE SECTION...THE WEIGHT YOU BUY IS ENTIRELY UP TO YOU HOWEVER A GOOD STARTING WEIGHT IS AN 18 OR 19OZ...IF THAT FEELS COMFORTABLE TO YOU...ONE OF THE CUES I OWN IS AN AMERICAN VELOCITY CHERRY...19OZ. BECAUSE I PREFER A WRAP GRIP OR BUTT SECTION...TRY SOME HOUSE CUES OUT IN A POOL HALL IF YOU CAN TO DECIDE WHICH WEIGHT FEELS BEST...THE MC DERMOTT LINE OF CUES IS WARRANTIED FOR LIFE TO THE ORIGINAL OWNER WITH A RECIEPT AGAINST WARPING ETC...CHECK OUT MC DERMOTTS WEBSITE AND THEN SHOP AROUND FOR THE BEST PRICE...SEYBERTS SELLS THESE CUES FOR $115.00 IN THE USA AND OFFERS FREE SHIPPING...I WOULD SUGGEST NEVER BREAKING WITH YOUR PLAYING CUE TO EXTEND THE LIFE AND BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL WITH THE PIN JOINT AREA...BECAUSE IF THE PIN GETS BENT IT WILL ALWAYS HAVE A WARP OR WOBBLE AND IT IS NOT WARRANTIED AS A MANUFACTURER DEFECT...THIS GOES FOR ANY CUE YOU BUY...MAY I SUGGEST A SET OF JOINT PROTECTORS...AROUND $10.00...AND USE THEM... BEING THE CUE PRICE IS WELL WITHIN YOUR BUDGET.......ALWAYS BREAK WITH A HOUSE CUE UNTIL YOU PURCHASE YOUR OWN BREAK CUE, AND A 2 CUE CASE...YOU WILL FIND A LOT OF CUE SALES ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A FREE HARD SHELL 1 CUE CASE...THUS SAVING YOU ANOTHER $30.00 OR SO...HOPE THIS HELPS...BE PATIENT WITH YOUR GAME...IT CHANGES WITH EACH DAY YOU PLAY...BE IT GOOD OR BAD...CC

  2. Drem19buckshotshoey on 1/26/2010 6:25:41 AM

    I would like to add a Viking cue would be an excellent choice. A 13millimeter shaft with a 19 oz total weight would be a good place to start. 12 1/2mm If you have small hands. The viking cue has 4 joint options ( mostly for feel of impact), a good tip (Le-Pro), and a interchangeable weight system---better left for the dealer to change it for you as to try to do it yourself. Some McDermitt cues are now being made overseas So find that out first before you order one. As for viking, they are still made in USA. I have a Viking VM 25 and have played on a league since 2002, practiced thousands of games (2 years on my own table) been through many cue tips, and the cue still plays like the day I got it. A cheaper one starts at 170.00 msrp. You can get better prices through most of the dealers. Take good care of it and it could last a lifetime. I expect mine to do just that.

    Oh, one more thing. Don't forget at least 30.00 in the budget for a case. Preferable a hard shell case. And dont leave your cue in a cold or hot car. You wont like what could happen to it.

  3. Drem19Mitch Alsup on 1/26/2010 10:22:38 AM

    First I would like to inform the long term player with 4 posts that there is a caps lock key on his keyboard that seems to be stuck. Typing in all caps is known as YELLING, and we don't take kindly to it.

    Secondly, there are plenty of "just fine" cues available starting around $60 and proceeding higher. For the first time cue buyer there are some things you shold be aware:

    1: No mater how carefully you try you will not be able to keep dings and dents off of the shaft. Thus, your first cue should be considered a write-off (long term). As you accumulate kicks, and dents, you will gain an appreciation how how careful one has to be to prevent these things from happeninig. So consider your first cue a 2 year useful life.

    2: 80% of the "hit" is in the tip, 15% in the shaft and 5% everywhere else. So to the very largest degree, if you don't like how the cue plays, start changing the tip until you find one that you like. Thus all the graphics, inlays, points, rings,... do not alter the playability of the cue--just the depth of whats left in your bank account.

    3: As a beginner, you should be aware that you can "get used to" practically any cue you so choose. Weight doesn't mater, but better players gravitate towards lighter cues (17.5 gr to 19 gr); balance maters some (but heavy to nose heavy) and for these reasons, I dislike metalic coupling between butt and shaft. Steel and bronze couplers almost invariably make the cue nose heavy.

    4: after you play with your first cue for a couple of years, you will be in the position to know what kind of graphics, points, rings, inlays, veneeers you might linke in a long term cue. You will also be in a position to understand how the shaft interacts with the hit--and be able to make rational decisions about low-deflection shafts versus traditioinal shafts.

    5: Finally, since there are may tapers available, and several tip diameters available, you migt be in a position to make a call on the agressive 11.5mm tips versus the 14mm passive tips and play off the tip playability with the shaft deflection to find the shaft that is right for you.

    6: once you get into the $400 catagory, you can get a full custom cue--you just have to research the internet to find the makers.

  4. Drem19Fenwick on 1/26/2010 12:23:30 PM

    Graphite Cues tend to be sticky and need to be cleaned very often or you need to play with a glove. I would pass. Otherwise Mitch has covered the subject quite well as always.

  5. Drem19acuerate on 2/4/2010 7:38:19 AM

    Hi Drem,

    if you haven't got a very good technique then I would advise you a low deflection cue because it will be more forgiving then oversized cues with tips of 12 - 13 mm. Unfortunately we don't have a cue below usd$ 200 so we cannot help you.

    Enjoy the game,

    Johan

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Best Pool Cues in the $100-$150 Range

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