Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Snooker Cue
When you watch the likes of World Class and champion Snooker Players like John Higgins, Ronnie O Sullivan or Peter Ebdon etc. It’s hard to imagine yourself coming anywhere close to playing at their standard right? Well, like many great sports people their skill and effortless rhythm comes from talent, years of practice and experience.
If I were to tell you that simply buying a professional standard cue was your answer to playing like the pro’s, then I would be stretching the truth no?
My own personal experience from playing snooker spanning back to the 1980’s, started out in my local snooker club using the clubs own cues. I must have been playing 2 – 3 years of really enjoyable snooker with my pals after work on a Saturday night when one particular Saturday a good friend of a friend joined our group. This guy intrigued me straight away because in his hand he was carrying a long oblong case – very shiny and he was guarding it like the crown jewels! I’d seen a few other guys’ holding similar cases in the club but this particular one had a real classy finish to it.
You’ve probably guessed by now that he was carrying a snooker cue case. I was very impressionable back then and I couldn’t wait to see the cue that was inside.
Well, I wasn’t disappointed when he finally revealed the content. Out came the cue. He looked at me, smiled and said, “want to game?”
When we got underway with the game I very quickly realised this guy had played before. Although he was very generous with his comments on my standard of play, he absolutely slaughtered me in the first couple of games. Thing is I wasn’t that bothered because I was learning so much from him. The whole time I was watching him play I couldn’t help looking at the cue he was using. Apart from the refined and highly polished finish, I noticed there was a different action to my pitiful club cue I was using. It sounded different when it made contact with the ball. It made a real solid sound. When he hit the cue ball it looked effortless and it may sound pathetic but there was a certain grace about it.
After a while he must have noticed I was glancing at his cue all the time and I was delighted when he kindly said, “do you want to have a go with my cue?” I jumped at the chance!
What came next was a total revelation! The moment that cue entered my hand and felt the weight of it I just knew it was in a different league. I spent a few moments looking at it. I must have had a ridiculous expression on my face because he said, “are you alright?” I said, “yeah, fine, It’s just that I’ve never used anything like this before. It looks and feels awesome” He laughed and said, “yeah, it’s not bad is it. I asked what it was. He told me it was made by Peradon. It didn’t mean anything to me, all I knew was that it felt awesome and when I got down to using it, within moments it changed the way I thought about my game forever! I kid you not; my potting success must have increased by 50% that very night!
I asked him what makes these Cue’s so good? He said Peradon have been making Snooker Cue’s for the industry since 1885 – they’re the oldest cue makers in the world and they are associated with Snooker legends like Joe Davies (well before my time). They hand splice the base he went on to say amongst other features.
My point here is that a good snooker cue may or may not make you a World Champion Snooker Player but it will go a long way to improving your existing game if your just starting out.