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Wood Join Screws for a Pool Cue

Wood Join Screws for a Pool Cue

I noticed that 3 cushion players seem to prefer wood joint screws in their cues. I also noticed that wood joint screws aren't used in pool cues.

What advantage does the wood pool cue joint screw have over metal joint screws? Would it be a good or bad idea to use a wood joint screw in a custom cue for pool with a wood-to-wood joint?

Wood Join Screws for a Pool Cue

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  1. Texbilliardsforum on 8/3/2008 10:19:25 AM

    I've personally never experienced a wood joint screw. As soon as I read this though, I got the image in my head of a the tiny wooden pool cue joint screw cracking very easily. They don't seem to be a good idea at all actually. Do they even exist? I'd love to see a picture of one if someone know of one.

  2. TexRoss on 8/3/2008 12:28:43 PM

    Do you mean a "wood to wood" billiard cue joint? This means that when you screw together the pool cue, that the wood from each end is directly touching. I've never heard of wooden pool cue joint screws either.

  3. Texquickshot on 8/3/2008 9:31:08 PM

    Me neither. Are you sure you do not mean a wood to wood shaft and butt? There are those who have a preference for that.

  4. TexTex on 8/9/2008 12:56:43 PM

    Adam Cue Co. makes a Helmstetter 3 cushion line of cues with this kind of joint. Go here and to the bottom of the page for a look at the wood screw (fits into a wood thread).


    I have seen this kind of screw in person also on another brand of stick at a dealer's. The best I can find out is it transfers energy more naturally through the cue, giving it a better feel for 3 cushion players. I suspect it wouldn't hold up to the heavier pool balls, but nobody I have talked to seems to know the exact reason why it isn't used in pool cues.

    Thanks for your reply.


  5. Texguest on 1/27/2013 5:02:51 PM

    I know this topic is very old, but I just stumbled across it. I have one of these Adam snooker cues and would be happy to provide a picture of the joint if anyone is still interested.

  6. TexMitch Alsup on 1/27/2013 7:43:28 PM

    I think that what king of a joint the cue has is almost immaerial as to how the cue plays. The CB has left the tip before the prssure wave of impact arrives at the joint.

    The joint affects the balance of the cue, the amount and kinds of vibrations that arrive at you hand. But as long as the joint holds the two ends solidly together, it really does not mater what kind of joint the cue has--as long as it has n appropriate weight and appropriate balance.

  7. TexZeke on 1/29/2013 7:24:25 AM

    Mitch nailed it IMO.

  8. Texmichaeljscues on 7/8/2013 9:11:44 AM

    I am Michael J Hall, owner of Michael J's Cues and we no longer sell the Richard Helmstetter 3 cushion cues. Clicking on the link will just take you to Michael J's Cues main website.

  9. Texbilliardsforum on 7/23/2013 5:05:16 PM

    Details of the Richard Helmstetter 3-cushion cues can be found in the archive here:


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Wood Join Screws for a Pool Cue

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  • Published: 7/20/2008 10:59:00 PM