Best Pool Cues For The Money (2018): Good Billiard Sticks Reviewed
When it comes to taking your pool game to the next level, you can’t do better than to upgrade your cues! By investing in a high-quality cue or two, you’ll start shooting with more precision, control, and finesse. You’ll be able to build your skillset and know that your cues will always be there to back you up. But which are the best for the money?
As passionate pool aficionados ourselves, we’ve put a lot of time and energy into reviewing cues. We know it’s hard for the average player to get their hands on a range of options to compare them properly. That’s why we created this guide! In it, we’ll introduce you to all our favorite cues sold today, and we’ll offer some simple buying advice for choosing your new sticks.
|Picture||Product Name||Product Information||Cost|
|Valhalla By Viking 2-Piece Pool Cue Stick With Irish Linen Wrap||$|
|Rage 25oz Heavy Hitter Jump Break Cue||$$|
|Players Classically Styled Maple Pool Cue||$$|
|Players D-DRG Black With Golden Dragons Cue||$$|
|Lucasi Custom Super Birdseye Maple Sneaky Pete Pool Cue||$$$|
|Lucasi Custom Mystic Black And Curly Maple Pool Cue With Cocobola And Snakewood Banded Rings||$$$|
Read on to see which pool cues we recommend!
- 1 Best Pool Cue Reviews (2018)
- 1.0.1 Valhalla By Viking 2-Piece Pool Cue Stick With Irish Linen Wrap
- 1.0.2 Rage 25oz Heavy Hitter Jump Break Cue
- 1.0.3 Players Classically Styled Maple Pool Cue
- 1.0.4 Players D-DRG Black With Golden Dragons Cue
- 1.0.5 Lucasi Custom Super Birdseye Maple Sneaky Pete Pool Cue
- 1.0.6 Lucasi Custom Mystic Black And Curly Maple Pool Cue With Cocobola And Snakewood Banded Rings
- 2 Buying Guide
Best Pool Cue Reviews (2018)
This Valhalla cue is the least expensive we recommend. As far as we’re concerned, this is the least you can pay for something high-quality that won’t leave you wishing you’d invested more in your equipment. There are certainly nicer cues on the market, but this is a great first stick for someone who is starting to create their pool kit.
While it’s simple and no-frills, the Valhalla covers all the basics of a good cue. It has a stainless steel threaded joint, a comfortable Irish linen wrap, and a 13mm leather tip. The shaft is nice and straight, made from Canadian maple. It plays quite well, too, which makes up for any imperfections in the fit and finish. Most importantly, it’s covered by a lifetime warranty from a reputable maker!
As most experienced pool players will tell you, it’s a good idea to have a dedicated jump/break cue in your arsenal. Having one will save wear and tear on your primary playing cue, and it gives you a harder oomph factor when you’re breaking.
This Rage cue is perfect for a dedicated breaker/jumper. It’s short, heavy and made specifically for slip-stroking. It’s actually the heaviest cue we recommend. While it’s too heavy for your primary stick, it’s a good one to have on hand for the hard shots. We’re very impressed by how rugged this one is for the price! You’ll probably need a few rounds to get used to the weight and hardness, but we think you’ll come to love the Rage when you go for a break.
This is a good midrange cue that we recommend to the average player who wants something high-quality without spending a boatload on a premium stick. It’s sturdier than the Valhalla and has better fit and finish. It’s ideal for players who like a sleek, simple aesthetic. You can also get it in a variety of weights and colors, so there’s a variation for practically everyone.
What’s most impressive about the Players cue is its build quality. Everything’s impeccable, if not showstopping.The finish is perfect, it holds up very well over time, and the grip feels great to play with. We think that in terms of playability and overall fit and finish, the Players is as nice as the average player needs.
This Players model is practically identical to the Classic model above, only with a different aesthetic. It’s made from the same high-grade maple wood, uses the same Irish linen grip, and has the same great oak tip. It’s solid, plays very well, and will take the average/intermediate player as far as they can go.
The obvious difference here is the dragon finish, with black and gold contrasting details. If you like something with some visual flair, we think you’ll love this one. The finish isn’t cheap, either. It’ll look great for years.
Moving into the high-end options, this Lucasi is our suggestion to advanced players who like a shorter cue. It’s not a break cue, but it’s a “sneaky Pete” with a shorter length than your average playing stick. It looks absolutely stellar, too!
We love this custom because it combines the best aspects of a bunch of different types of cue. The shaft is rock-solid like a break cue, but the all-wood joint softens the hit to give you more control. The tip is also a standout: the hit is what you’d expect from a standard medium, but it has the control of softer tips and the resilience of a harder tip.
This Lucasi Custom cue is our all-time favorite. It’s everything an experienced, competitive player could wish for, in a package that will make any other player envious. It’s made from a blend of exotic, stunning woods, with a professional-grade design that plays phenomenally well.
What makes this one such a knockout for us? We especially like the 4-piece butt, which is a neat piece of design that actually translates to improved playability (unlike a lot of other “innovations” we’ve seen). The professional tip is even better than the one on the Lucasi Sneak Pete above, providing the best of soft and hard tips in a medium package for regular play. Like that model, this Lucasi Custom has a quick-release, wood-to-wood joint and a solid-core, low-deflection shaft for a mix of sturdiness, power, and control.
As with the best premium cues, you can get one of these any way you want. It’s available with linen or leather wraps, or go wrapless if you prefer. There are 18-21oz options, with half-ounce variants. You really can end up with your dream cue if you trick out one of these to your favorite specs!
When it comes to shopping for a new pool cue, there are some things you should look for as a given. Any cue worth your money will be perfectly straight, with no warping. It’ll be smoothly finished and kitted out with a good grip and tip. We also recommend sticking with 2-piece cues, since they’re so much better than the 1-piece house cues you’ll find at bars. Beyond these key things, there are some more subjective factors to consider as you choose between our recommendations:
A pool cue isn’t just about upping your game. It’s about making a statement. Wherever you play, whether it’s just your gameroom or a local tournament, your pool cue should say something about you. If you like decals and patterns, get something more ornate. If you like to keep thing simple and elegant, get a cue that reflects that.
Think About Your Playing Style
Before you make any decisions, you should think about what you like in a pool cue. Do you prefer to play with something heavier, or something on the lighter side? Do you use one cue for everything, or are you looking for a jump/break cue as well as your normal cue? What kinds of wrap do you prefer? Giving some thought to all these questions will help you narrow down your options.
Check The Warranty
As far as we’re concerned, there’s no point investing in a pool cue that the manufacturer doesn’t stand behind. You don’t buy a good pool cue just for a few games or even a few years. You buy it for life–or at least until you find something you like even better. All the sticks we’ve recommended above are covered by lifetime warranties. If you decide to buy something else, be sure to check that it’s backed by a lifetime policy from a reputable brand. Otherwise, you’ll be right back where you started if something goes wrong.
At this point, we hope we’ve given you all the information you need to choose your new go-to cue. Don’t forget to check out our other billard buying guides! You can find our guide to the best pool tables here! Or, head over to our homepage to find links to all our gameroom-related content.