How To Straighten A Bent Cue Stick Shaft

Nothing Crooked In This Advice

Straighten a shaft: Matt shows you how
Straighten a shaft: Matt shows you how. Photo courtesy of Scott Goldsmith/Getty Images


Straighten Out Your Game

Don't give up on your cue stick if its shaft is crooked. A slight bend does not harm play much, and there are ways to straighten out the stick again, as shown in this important article.

Don't Roll Your Stick On The Table

The "tried and true" method of rolling a stick on the table to see if it's straight isn't so true:

1. Hey, what if the table itself is crooked or has wobble spots that make the cue bounce!

2. Listen, what if your tip or ferrule has a bad shape to it and a fast-spinning cue wobbles on the table, even though its shaft is perfectly straight?

3. What you want to do is steps #1 and 2 below to see if your cue is crooked, then straighten it if you must.

Bizarro-World Straightening (It Works)

One of the more bizarre ways to fix a shaft (that works) is to 1) hang your cue in the air, in an upright position, tying it to a string attached to the ceiling 2) leave it there motionless for about a week, (a fine conversation piece for your living room) letting gravity pull the cue into shape. I have a much easier way for you to use.

Straighten Your Shaft: Fast And Easy

Difficulty: Average/easy!

Time Required: Two minutes!

Here's How:

  1. Would you like a better way to straighten a cue stick's shaft? This requires some mild risk, but is simple and fun to do. Holding the cue at its butt end, gently rest its tip on the floor. Set the stick at approximately a sixty degree angle to the ground.


  1. Rotate the cue slowly on its tip, several times, looking for the spot where it curves up towards you, indicating the place where it bends. If you have trouble seeing the bend(s), hold the cue on the floor beneath a good light source, and you'll see light and shadow showing you the bend(s).


  2. Place the flat of one hand, palm down, on that spot, directly on top of the "bump". Press down on the cue, holding it still with your other hand. The cue will bend easily into shape.


  1. Rotate the cue again and repeat, checking and adjusting until you have straightened the cue. This is much more easily done than read in these paragraphs. When you get the hang of it, it will take you only a few moments to repair a bent cue. Press hard and flex that shaft--it won't break!


  2. There is a slight possibility, and I mean slight, that you'll snap a shaft in two with your Goliath-like strength, but you had nothing to lose anyway, right? This technique fixes a slightly warped shaft 99% of the time, but be careful with your personal cue. Dare I say practice first on a house cue or two? They tend to have sturdier shafts than more flexible custom cue sticks.