How to choose a billiard or pool cue?

 

There is a wide selection of billiard cues for different disciplines and they vary in length, weight, balance and tip diameter. Here is a simple guide to help you choose a billiard cue.

 

Table summarizing the differences between billiard cues :

 

Type of billiard cue

Game

Popular brands

Length

Weight

Tip Diameter

Tip Hardness

Carom Cues

Balkline or Free Game

Longoni, Layani, Karma

140 cm / 55 in

470 - 490 gr

11 - 11.5 mm

Soft or Medium

1-Cushion

Longoni, Layani, Karma

142 cm / 56 in

500 - 510 gr

11 - 11.75 mm

Medium or Hard

3-Cushion

Longoni, Layani, Molinari, Adam, Karma

142 cm / 56 in

520 - 530 gr

11.5 - 12 mm

Medium or Hard

Pool Cues

Playing Cues

Predator, Mezz, OB, McDermott, Poison, Layani

147 cm / 58 in

540 gr / 19 oz

11.75 - 13 mm

Soft or Medium

Break Cues

Predator, Mezz, Poison

147 cm / 58 in

540 gr / 19 oz

12.75 - 13 mm

Hard

Jump Cues

Predator, Mezz, Poison

100-120 cm / 40-47 in

300 gr / 10.5 oz

12.75 - 13 mm

Hard

Blackball or 8-Ball Pool Cues

Blackball

Cue Craft, Lambert, BCE, Master Cue, Riley

145 cm / 57 in

510 gr / 18 oz

8 - 8.5 mm

Medium or Medium Hard

Snooker Cues

Snooker

Cue Craft, BCE, Master Cue, Riley

145 cm / 57 in

510 gr / 18 oz

9 - 10 mm

Medium or Medium Hard

 

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