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Snooker Cue Advice - Snooker Cue Tips

right so in this video we're going to

look at Qs and some things to think

about when you get in a queue for

playing snooker but the first thing I

just like to say in this video is that

you don't need to worry too much about

what queue using as long as you've got a

nice straight piece of wood with a

decent tip on the end that I always say

to people that you'll get better

improvement by thinking about your own

technique and the way you actually hit

the ball then you will by spending a lot

of money on a snooker gear so first of

all let's look at the length of the

queue itself so in most standard queues

that about 57 or 58 inches long and as a

rough guide they say that your cue when

you put it flat on the floor like that

it should come roughly up to your

shoulder there like mine does so my cue

is actually fifty seven and a half

inches long and I'm about five four

eight maybe five foot nine if I've got

my shoes on so that's roughly the normal

length for an average-sized player

obviously if you're a little bit taller

then you might want to get a cue that's

a little bit longer than that so the

next thing to think about is the weight

of the snooker cue so some of the old

cues were anything from about sixteen

and a half ounces all the way up to

about twenty ounces which is quite heavy

for a snooker cue I would say most

players go somewhere in in the middle of

those ranges there so my cue is eighteen

and a half ounces and again that just

really comes down to personal preference

it just comes down to what you like the

feel of when you're playing shots

I don't put don't like my cue to be too

heavy I also don't like a cue when I use

it and it's a little bit too light so

I've settled on a cue that was eighteen

and a half ounce is somewhere in the

middle so in terms of weight again it

just comes down to personal preference

and just exactly what you personally

prefer now another thing just to

consider with the white of the cue is

just where the balance point is so cues

are actually balanced at a certain point

so mod balance point is about there

where the cue balances and again these

could just comes down to personal

preference whether you prefer the white

a little bit more towards the back of

the queue or whether you prefer to have

a little bit of white more towards the

front of the queue again that's just

personal preference and it's just going

to come down to exactly what you like

the feel of most now the next thing to

think about is your ferrule and tip size

now Mouse snooker cues are anywhere from

nine point five millimeters

to ten millimeters in diameter that's

what almost all of the professionals

would use and again it just comes down

to personal preference of exactly what

you prefer my tip is actually nine point

seven five millimeters so again as I say

it just comes down to personal

preference Shawn Murphy actually uses a

tip that is 0.75 millimeters I think he

said that in the past when I saw him

interviewed about talking about it q

that's unusual though almost all of the

professional players will be somewhere

from nine and a half to ten millimeters

you'll see some players that have got a

normal sized ferrule so it'll probably

be nine point five and then you'll see

that their tepees slightly overhanging

they just prefer that just so they've

got slightly bigger teeth and then a

little bit more of a visual reference

when they're actually addressing the cue

ball now actually what tip you put on

the end of your cue just comes down to

personal preference these days there's

lots of different tips available there's

normal leather tips which is just a

normal compressed piece of leather which

is what the old style elk master tips

are and a lot of professionals will

still use those there's also other

brands of compressed tips now as well

that it just play a little bit more

consistent and then there's all kinds of

liabilities of leather that are all

glued together and then they form just a

bit more of a solid tip again that's

meant to play a bit more consistently

and they don't need bedding in as much

and again all of these things come down

to personal preference so with all

different players in the club some

people will prefer one type of tips

some people prefer another type of tip

so the best advice here is to just try a

few get a feel whether you prefer a bit

of a harder tip or a bit of a softer tip

play around and just get a feel for what

you personally like there's no right or

wrong even between all of the

professional players they'll all use

something slightly differently some

people prefer very old style tips just a

normal out master

some people prefer these really

expensive new layered tips so just have

a bit of a play around and find out what

actually you feel comfortable with when

you're playing so we've talked about the

weight and the balance point on the tip

size another thing to consider is just

the thickness of the butt end of the

queue at the back here so mouse cues are

anywhere from twenty nine millimeters to

about thirty

one millimeters in diameter thickness

there at the back now

again this just comes down to personal

preference on what you actually prefer

when you're holding the cue my cue is

actually a little bit thinner at the

back here it's 28 millimeters in

diameter and that's just because the

first cue I ever had before I had this

one made personally for me was a little

bit thinner so I just got used to the

feeling of the cue at the back being

that little bit thinner so when I had

this one made I wanted the thickness of

the but just that little bit thinner but

again as I say it just comes down to

personal preference and what you like

the feel of when you're holding the cue

now another thing to consider at the

back of the queue here is whether you've

got a joint fitted at the bottom of your

cue now that's really useful and you'll

see a lot of players these days that

have got these joints fitted because you

can screw in then a longer extension

when you need to use the rest and you

can't reach certain shots and also you

can screw in a little mini-book that

players use and it just means that

sometimes if you can't quite reach a

shot you can screw your little mini

little mini butt on there and you'll

still be able to reach a shot even

without getting the rest out then so

that can be quite useful to have that

joint I've got one on the end of my cue

and I do use it regularly and find it

quite useful

the reason players like each sandwich is

it just allows them to use the normal

cue that they're used to so they they've

got some of the characteristics of the

cue that they're used to the feel of the

cue as they play the shot and then they

can just screw a little extension in the

end and they still get some of the feel

though I'd get using their own cue and

then moving on from these main things

now then what you'll pay for when you're

paying for a cue now starts to get down

more to aesthetics so with a cue you're

paying for the quality of the actual

chef that they use my cue is a nash cue

so you're paying for the quality of this

piece of ash and then you're also going

to start paying for the splices and

veneers that you've got at the back of

the queue here so if we look at my cue

here I've got a splice at the back of my

cue here with a little veneer over the

top and then I've got the ebony coming

up the butt end of the cue here so what

you're painful here is the fact that

I've got these spices in there in that

little veneer obviously that takes the

cue maker more work to put those splices

in that veneer in there so your pay

extra money for that and then in terms

of

aesthetics again like we talked about

one of the things you'll pay for is the

ebony that the tips of the ebony here

that you can see on my cue

people like these to be absolutely level

as you rotate the cue so again that's

purely from an aesthetics point of view

people just like that craftsmanship to

be very very accurate and very and very

level at the top of those splices there

now as I say the next thing you'll pay

for again is how good the quality of the

ashes that they've actually used on the

cue here so mouse cues are either ash or

maple so mark use and ash cue so you'll

pay for how straight the grain is on the

cue whether the grain is nice and

straight or not and also these are the

Chevron's that point down the shaft of

the cue so if you look at the back of my

cue here you can see that on a lot of

cues you've got this flat part that's

planed off on the back of the queue and

with that pointing up to the ceiling if

you look down the shaft of the cue then

the Chevron's point in a perfectly

straight line and they point down the

line of the shot and the line of the cue

so what a lot of players like is they

like those arrows to be perfectly lined

up and evenly spaced on the cue because

it just it's a bit of a Saltine aid for

players when they're down on the shot

again that's completely personal

preference obviously if you've got a

maple cube then you don't get this grain

on the cue at all so you don't have

those visual aids so again that purely

just comes down to what the actual

player prefers with their on cue and

then again with the actual shaft of the

cue you'll just have the characteristics

of the actual wood so how flexible that

piece of wood is and how much feedback

it's giving a player so some cues are a

bit more whippy and a bit more flexible

and other ones and that just affects how

shots are played hey the white ball

reacts and also the feedback that it

gives the player so again that just

purely comes down to personal preference

and again what you personally like the

feel of in a cue so really that's my

summary there of things to think about

when you're looking for a cue so we've

got how heavy the qyz where the balance

point is what tip size you would use on

the cue the diameter of the butt end

whether you would have that little joint

at the bottom of the cue but what I

really wanted to get across in this

video is all of these things really a

personal preference so you want to pick

a cue that feels right for you

and don't pick a coup just because

somebody else is using a cue with a

certain spec and then you try and pick a

cue that's exactly the same so if you

can get down to a shop that's near to

you where they've possibly got a snooker

table and you can actually try some

different cues out so you can play some

shots with some different size tips and

some differently weighted cues and just

get a feel for what exactly feels

comfortable for you and what you

personally like so obviously that's my

limited knowledge to do with cues I'm

not a cue maker so if there is any cue

makers watching and I want to leave any

comments to give people just some extra

things to be thinking about and some of

the other things that and the

craftsmanship that's going into making

these cues then please just leave those

in the comments below

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