Now that you’ve got bought your very personal pool cue, and hopefully adopted among the recommendation from earlier articles earlier than doing so, you are going to need to maintain your funding. cue is comparatively sturdy and forgiving, however all cues require care and a bit little bit of upkeep. We will be speaking about wooden pool cues right here, graphite and fiberglass sticks are nearly bulletproof and require considerably much less care.
CASES. You’re going to want a case with the intention to carry your new cue to the pool corridor. I might assume that will be apparent however but I consistently see individuals coming in carrying their new cue of their hand. Come on now, you simply spent your cash and took the time choosing out a pool cue that you simply love, however you’ll be able to’t spring for some kind of case? Fundamental circumstances are vinyl or soft-sided materials. These will shield your cue in opposition to minor drops and dings, however not a lot else. I extremely suggest exhausting circumstances simply because they provide a lot safety. Some circumstances are examined by driving a automotive over them with out damaging the cue inside! Your pool cue can take numerous harm in your automotive, in your home, and even at your billiard corridor so shield it as greatest as you’ll be able to.
Whereas we’re as regards to transporting your cue – by no means depart your pool cue in your automotive, particularly within the trunk! Wooden is extremely vulnerable to temperature modifications and to humidity, so keep away from storing your billiard stick in your car in any respect value. The wooden will increase and contract which may result in warping, free joints, and cracked factors.
THE TIP. The tip of your pool cue (the half that hits the ball) is a very powerful a part of the stick. You’ll be able to shoot pool with a tree department or a brush deal with – or essentially the most warped stick in the home, if the tip is stable and correctly formed you’ll be able to play with it! No joking! Screw- on suggestions are a critical no-no, so do not even go there. “Actual” suggestions are glued on and are available in quite a lot of hardness. Smooth suggestions maintain chalk higher and are higher for making use of “English” however they put on out and mushroom rapidly. Extraordinarily exhausting suggestions final without end however want fixed re-chalking. Some say they make for a extra correct shot as nicely. A medium hardness tip ought to be advantageous for many gamers. The tip should be capable of maintain chalk, so periodic scuffing is critical. The roundness of the tip ought to be maintained with a shaper. Most gamers examine the roundness to that of a nickel, although some favor the tightness of a “dime curve”. Shaping and scuffing too usually will trigger your tip to vanish rapidly, so solely form and scuff when obligatory. The edges of the tip ought to be even with the ferrule, not mushroomed out. Get your self a scuffer/shaper and maintain that tip!
THE SHAFT. Once you first bought your pool cue the shaft was good and easy, and slid by way of your bridge hand ever-so-easily. That did not final lengthy, did it? The sweat, oils, and grime out of your hand will gum up in your shaft in a short time, making it sticky and never so easy. How do you forestall this, and the way do you clear it up? First, you can not do a lot to stop this from taking place apart from washing your arms usually and holding them clear and dry. Some individuals use powder, like child powder, on their bridge hand and on the cue. A tiny quantity of powder that has been totally rubbed in to your hand is okay – it makes your pores and skin softer, however powder ought to by no means be used as a lubricant. Wash your arms! Powder will trigger your pool cue shaft to gum up extra rapidly, and powder ruins the felt on the pool desk. Nothing seems to be worse or performs worse than clear inexperienced felt with white child powder throughout it as a result of some fool thought that they needed to dump powder throughout themselves with the intention to shoot higher! It simply ain’t so – so do not do it. It’s unhealthy in your cue and unhealthy for the desk. Have some respect, huh?
Wiping the shaft of your pool cue down with a tender fabric in the middle of play will restrict the quantity of crud that builds up on it. Not consuming or consuming along with your bridge hand is an efficient behavior to get in to as nicely. Utilizing a really gentle leather-based burnishing pad sometimes is a good suggestion. In time nonetheless, the pores within the wooden of the shaft will turn into fully crammed filled with grime and oils and it’ll want an intensive cleansing. I’ll let you know how I do it, simply keep in mind that should you screw up you possibly can smash your cue. Without end. Step one is to fully wipe down the shaft (not he ferrule) with a tender fabric and a few rubbing alcohol. You do not need to soak the wooden with it, use simply sufficient to wash the wooden. Proceed wiping with alcohol till you do not see grime on the material. The alcohol removes the grime and oil from the wooden and opens the pores of the wooden. Now you need to simply let it sit and dry for a number of hours. Now it is time for wax! That is proper, I mentioned wax. It’s good to use 100% carnauba wax for this. Automotive wax is okay, so long as it’s 100% carnauba wax.
Similar to waxing a automotive, apply a coat of wax with a tender fabric or applicator and let it dry to a haze. You can not let it dry too lengthy, simply let it sit awhile and have some persistence. As soon as the wax has dried totally you may need to wipe it off – and instantly begin working the shaft with a leather-based burnishing pad (or a plain piece of thick leather-based if you do not have a burnisher – which you must have anyway). Wrap the leather-based across the shaft and stoke it up and down as quick as you’ll be able to (sure, it sounds soiled). The extra you rub and the quicker you rub the warmer the wax will turn into, which permits it to work into the pores of the wooden. If you end up completed you should have a ravishing, easy shaft as soon as once more – however you are not completed simply but! You’re going to have to run by way of the entire steps once more, aside from the alcohol half. Apply extra wax, let it dry, rub the heck out of it, repeat till you’ve a minimum of Three-Four layers of wax totally labored into the wooden. Now maintain the tip and go shoot some pool!
THE BUTT. The butt of your pool cue should not want a lot upkeep in any respect. Hold it clear and wipe it down with a tender fabric throughout and after play. Do not hit issues with it and do not drop (or throw) it on the ground. The joints will loosen up, the wooden will crack, and components will separate should you do. Then you definitely’ll have to purchase a complete new cue.
“Dings” within the Shaft. Nothing is extra annoying than working your pool cue by way of your bridge and feeling little “dings” within the wooden. As exhausting as we attempt to maintain our pool cues these little dents all the time appear to indicate up – as if by magic. Right here is a technique I discovered that can take away small imperfections out of your pool stick’s shaft. First, it’s worthwhile to wipe the shaft down with rubbing alcohol similar to within the paragraph on cleansing the shaft. This may open the pores of the wooden. Subsequent, discover a spot the place you’ll be able to place the shaft the place it won’t roll, and the place it will not get bumped. Lay the shaft (horizontally) down with the dings that you simply need to take away dealing with up. Now, soak a really small piece of tissue with water and roll it right into a ball (assume miniature spitball) and place the tissue ball immediately on the indented spot on the shaft. It is vital that the tissue ball not be bigger than the precise indent on the shaft. Let that set till it dries fully – what occurs is that the wooden in that one tiny space absorbs the water from the tissue and swells, bringing that spot degree with the encircling wooden. In an ideal world the “ding” may have disappeared, however what normally occurs is that the “ding” turns into a small “bump” – which is okay as a result of bumps may be labored out with a burnishing pad pretty simply. After getting your whole “dings” as much as degree or barely above degree it’s time to wax the shaft. Observe the directions above for the correct methodology to do that. After all one other technique to take away dings and dents out of your pool cue could be to take it to knowledgeable, however the place’s the enjoyable in that?
NEVER USE ABRASIVES. Ever. Interval. Meaning no sandpaper, no scouring pads, no moist/dry paper, nothing. If it was designed to take away wooden than maintain it far-off out of your pool cue! You by no means need to take away a layer of wooden simply to make it easy – you need to clear the present wooden to keep up the form, stability, and really feel of the cue.
Your pool cue represents an funding in your half, so holding it clear and in good situation will make it final a lifetime – now that is numerous pool enjoying!