Architectural stability, endurance, performance, and artistic design are some of the primary recommended features of the players pool cues. The construction of the forearm, the butt and the shaft considers the Pro-tapering as the main criterion. The diameter reduces gradually from the top to the bottom and decreases the deflection rate while the accuracy and fore increase proportionately.
Players’ Cue Shaft
The pro-taper cue enhances the cue elevation through the aiming line until the cue-ball comes into contact with the target-ball. The angle of swerve in the cue-ball can cause the impact line on the object-ball to throw at a specific angle whose movement will be accurately according to the player’s expectations. It is the result of low deflection and zero squirts. Most of the HXT-shafts are made from the American hardwood maple. The other popular ones are the ash-wood, Canadian maple and the others with grade A, B or grade AAA.
Careful examination of the shaft will show the number of triangular sections which make the diameter. The manufacturing process of the shaft enhances the mass, and density factors of the pro-taper shaft to perfection. The density and shape of the grains are the other parameters which enhance the quality of the shaft. See Pool Cue Guide for more great info on the best cues
Grade-A wood has straight grains with slight wiggles. The number of rings per inch of the radius varies from 6 to 12. Such shafts are stated to be made for the players’ pool cues.
OB+ is another class of pool cue shafts with cross grains. The shaft has stiffness factor which is far higher than the straight grain shaft. Such a shaft is recommended for the player pool cue.
Core is the combination of maple-wood/ash-wood and carbon fiber at the core. This technology is being used by many of the leading cue manufacturers to increase the tensile strength and the flexibility of the shaft.
The customized player cues with metallic core shaft at the joints also increase the stability with and enhance the power of the stroke. The shaft also has a better feel of the shot which gets transmitted from the tip through the shaft onto the hands at the top gripping position.
The feel/feedback from the tip can tell a player about the stroke efficiency and the impact on the cue-ball. The combination of carbon core, wood surface, and the metallic joints can be found in the leading players’ pool cues available in the market today.
Players’ cue Ferrule
The core of the ferrule is generally made from high quality carbon fiber for the best radial consistency. You can experience the feel of the shot due to the impact with the tip. The shocks from the tip get absorbed by the ferrule completely to enhance its lifespan and keep the shape intact without wearing out. The carbon fiber layer is also responsible for reducing the deflection rate of the cue-ball and keeping it in line with the shot. The squirt angle is reduced to almost zero.
These are the replaceable ferrules made from high grade engineering plastic or the other synthetic materials. They have inbuilt threads which attach to the bottom end of the shaft and the top end of the cue tip.
Light weight brass ferrules generally have the external coating of wood, plastic, or other compatible materials. Their taper is extremely stiff and they have the highest impact on the players’ cue tips.
Players’ Cue Tip
The efficient tip of the players’ cue is made from the cowhide or pig-skin with the most optimum density, depending on the tip diameter. Many of the OEMs make up the shape with a dime or a nickel. Hard tips are mostly recommended for the players’ cues due to their durability and reduced miscues. It can also increase the speed of the cue-ball and customize the spin depending on the position at which the tip strikes the cue-ball.
Speed and Spin Ratio
Professional players will know that the spin is not always bad for the stroke. In fact, most of them which aim to put the object ball into its target may have the finest elements of the spin onto the cue-ball. What matter are the angle between the Cue-ball and the object-ball, the net distance, and the target distance and the angle with the object ball.
The combined effect of the force from the shaft, ferrule, and the tip (also the joints if any) on the cue-ball will determine the distance and the angular momentum while it hits the object ball. The angle of impact from the cue-ball determines how the object ball reaches the target. For the hard tip it is better to find the players’ cue with the leather tip. For the soft tip you can opt for synthetic fiber. But the main problem with such tip is the wear-out. You may need to replace the tip frequently.
Players’ Cue Joints
Regardless of the pool cue material, the joints made of brass, steel, aluminum or the other alloy are stated to be the best types for players’ pool cue. Two or three piece cues with threaded joints make up the flawless connectivity between the shaft and the ferrule, ferrule and the tip, and the bumper and the shaft. The number of threads varies between the various brands of the players’ pool cues. The net effect of the joints depends on the length of the cue, weight, average diameter, tapering type and the materials used for making the cue parts.
Players’ Cue Rings
Most of the efficient players’ cues with multiple joints use metallic or non-metallic rings in the joints. They can enhance the shock absorbing capacity of the cue joints and also the aesthetic appearance. For the wood and fiberglass cues, it is better to opt for metallic or ivory rings. For the graphite cues, the rings can be made of synthetic fiber for better shock absorption and extended durability.
Players’ Cue Brands
The high end players’ cue brands in the market can fulfill all the design, construction and functional parameters we have listed above.