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Don’t throw away your pool cue sitck you have been using for years just because the stick is warped, most of the time the only thing warped on a pool cue is the Shaft and most people disregard that the handle is that hardest part to warp. You can get a new and possibly even a better shaft for your cue if you know that type of hole and screw you are dealing with everything from Uni-loc to 18 ribbed but its best to do the research on your own or take it to a professional and allow them to tell you which shafts will fit.

To find out if your shaft or handle is warped twist it apart to the two separate pieces, if you ahve a one piece cue leave it as is. now find a completely flat surface (you can use a pool table) and roll it across gently observing if the stick, shaft, or handle have a wave in te roll. If the pieces are straight it will roll across with no wave or bends, if it is warped you will see a bump or wobble when rolled. If you have a one piece cue roll it a few time because it may be harder to see, if your one piece cue is warped unfortunately you are looking to buy a new cue all together and same will apply if your handle is warped.

If the shaft only is warped there are many places where you can find a replacement our sister company Official Pro Sorts has a huge selection of cue shafts from Lucasi, Arsenal, and Predator. Each one has it own unique uses but the one difference between all of te shaft manufacturers is Lucasi Shafts seem to have the better life tim warranty replacing any shaft that is damaged or warped for a life time guarantee.

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Pool Cue ChalkMake it a habit to chalk your pool cue at all times and if you can, do it before every shot. Lots of times some players feel that this is to repetitive and may ruin the next shot by worrying about a chalked pool cue stick but in the long run it will keep your blood pressure low from non mis-cues. There is nothing worse than bending over a table and getting ready for a shot only to have it rub and slip off the cue ball. That horrid sound it makes as the stick goes one way and your cue ball goes a completely different direction will defiantly put a damper in your game. Not to mention if you are on the last 8-ball or 9-ball shot for the game winning stroke.

Also it is very important to select the best chalk for you cue stick, if you own your own pool cue stick do not use chalk from a bar or pool establishment.

there are 2 things already that is going to go wrong the first is that most pool halls purchase the cheapest chalk possible. And the second is that most people are not sanitary with the chalk, already in the chalk hole there could be anything from dirt to grease in the cavity which again will go back to many mis-cue shots or even ruin your pool cue tip. It is very important to keep you own chalk for your own pool cue. Depending on your pool cue tip you may want to find a hard or soft chalk if you do not know which you need it would be better to find a pool cue specialist that will educate you on which is which.

You should never go cheap on chalk if you own cue stick. for example you don’t pour used oil into your card for an oil change, so why would you select used chalk for your Cue tip. You can get all the pool chalk and billiards chalk you need at Official PRO Sports the leader in Sports merchandise.

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Pool Cue TipFor the first time in my life I had to re-tip m own cue I have had the same Pool Cue Stick for about 5 years and while I was shooting the pool cue tip fell off. I figured how hard could it be so I went to a pool cue store bought the right size 12mm tip and sanded both the cue top, and the back of the tip down and layed it flat. squeezed some super glue on the base then put the tip on while using rubber bands and a clamp to keep it down, flush, and straight and waited for 24 hours.

I went to go play som 8 ball pool the next day and it after an hour of playing I realized I was missing most of the easy straight in shots and especially all of my cut shots. So I sanded the tip down to what I thought was flat again by hand… This was the worst experience in my life and one of the guys who sells and take care of my cues told me that what I did was the worst thing possible. He took my cue shaft away from me and stuck it in a pool cue machine and sanded the tip off, then with the same machine routed the shaft top down a good millimeter, glued on a new tip then sanded the tip down straight in less than 1 hour after that my cue was perfect just needed to wait 4 hours for it to be completely dry and was good to go.

What happened was when I put on my own tip there is no possible way any human or person can find the exact level like a real tipping machine could do, plus as the shaft would spin in the machine it would not only make everything level automatically but would also curve your tip evenly down. I have been playing pool for over 18 years and now I have learned my lesson. You have 2 choices when your pool cue tip is non-functional or snapped off. Buy a brand new shaft for your pool cue stick or take it to a professional with the same leveling machine, never let someone eyeball it on or think its an easy fix in the long run you will be a much happy camper.

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