Stick To This Solution - Under $300 U.S. For A Great Billiards Cue

How To Get A Good Cue Stick Without Being Stuck

Dragon motif cue stick. Photo (c) Karen Current, licensed to, Inc.

A perfect cue stick question came my way this morning about grabbing a solid cue for under $300 U.S. and I'm sure many readers have the same idea. Here is some of my notes on the subject.

Can I Get A Good Stick For Under $300?

Hey Matt,

I've been playing pool for a while and am finally thinking of buying a cue stick for my own personal use. I'm in my third session/semester of APA League and am ranked as a 6. I'm looking to spend under $300, but could go a bit over for the perfect cue.

So, I went to Fodor Billiards in Colorado last week and shot with some Vikings, and with some McDermotts, Joss cues, and a few others. I liked the Pechauer JP the best, but none of them felt just right, something I needed to have. Sort of am bummed out about this, was hoping to have one jump out to me, but now I'm more skeptical about buying one. They were all more or less the same for me.

So what are some great cues for this price range? And any recommendations on butt/shaft combinations, i.e. throw a predator on a Coors-like butt or something like that?

Thanks, Brendan

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You Sure Can, Brendan!

Hi Brendan,

You have good taste in cue stick choices--or at least Fodor's does. I like Pechauer both as a cue and as a consumer- and community-minded company, and you can hardly go wrong in that price range for Viking, Joss or McDermott also.

In my humble opinion as your pool, snooker and billiards expert, a Predator shaft will do it for you--especially since the butt barely matters after that, by which I mean that the tip is the main thing and a great shaft the second consideration.

Therefore, you can get a basic cue stick for $100 and then that gorgeous Predator shaft to match for $200 and your total is $300 out the door.

Or Perhaps Not?

Then again, I'd like you to be more than happy with your purchase, Brendan, and it could be you will still want an inexpensive cue and shaft but with a heavier feel than normal and/or a different tip--I wouldn't buy one until I had a standout I really liked!

You could try, say, a Helmstetter, available in your price range but with a different hit and of a sudden, you are in love. Since you are a newer player (and a 6 average is great for a young player, by the way) your playing and cue stick hit tastes will likely evolve over time and you will go through a number of cues in your playing career.

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PS. Do not plan to use a Coors-type butt unless you are hustling pool and want to look strange and also have a bad cue! A real McDermott or Viking or one of the other brands you mentioned is key.

A real production yet custom cue that will certainly make a difference as opposed to going too cheap on the butt end of the cue. And try different butt thicknesses as you try different cue sticks in your hand, too.