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Recommend a First Pool Cue for Under $400

Recommend a First Pool Cue for Under $400

I am living in Cambodia, so I have no chance of trying out cues before ordering one so will have to buy my 1st one blind.

I have looked at the Viking range and have no idea what to buy from the many cues on line.

Can anyone recommend a cue $400 or under, or recommend a cue that is a good value for money that is different from a Viking pool cue?

Looking at the range of Viking pool cue lines, just how much difference is there in, say, a $400 cue and a cue from the top end of the scale?

I would really appreciate any suggestions guys as its hard when you cant get near good cues to try them out.

Recommend a First Pool Cue for Under $400

Replies & Comments

  1. tjdRaptor on 1/9/2010 7:48:16 AM

    You can't go wrong with Viking cues, one of the best values for the money. Schmelke is another American cue that hits real nice. McDermott and Lucasi are very popular but I myself have little experience with them and I believe they are made in China now.

  2. tjdMitch Alsup on 1/9/2010 10:26:51 AM

    It has been said that by the time you get to $300 that you can get just as good a cue from a custom cue maker as you can get from any of the factories. I don't know about the $300 level but certainly by $400 the cuctom makers are in the running.

    The difference between a $200 cue and a $1000 cue is that someone spent the equivalent of $800 in labor on the high end cue doing things with wood, ivory, plastic, and expoy. The shaft is likely the same and the "hit" is essentially the same.

    However, you should understand that at your current level of play you probably only have the foggiest notion of what you want in and out-of a cue. Secondly, you have no way of understanding how to keep a shaft from getting banged up. So, you should consider your first cue a short-term investment and be prepaired to reshaft it or buy a completely new cue after a year--when you do finally understand how to keep the shaft from accumulating nicks and divots.

    With this in mind, I recommend a less expensive cue than $400. At least over here, we can get completely functional cues (albeit rather plain) stating in the $80-$120 range. Use this for a couple of years, replace the tip and try 3-6 different tips, then by the time this thing is so beeten up it is negatively influencing our game, you will be ready to buy a cue that you can care for and will last you a long time; indeed.

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Recommend a First Pool Cue for Under $400

  • Title: Recommend a First Pool Cue for Under $400
  • Author: (T. Daves)
  • Published: 12/17/2009 11:36:47 PM