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Anatomy of a Pool Cue


Not sure what all the parts are called?  Here's a quick primer on the anatomy of a pool cue to help get you started on your way to your first World Championship.

     Pool cue shaft


      Pool cue butt.


The pool cue tip is made of leather.



The ferrule protects the wood on the top of the cue.  The ferrule material can range from Ivory to a specially engineered material that the manufacturer uses to give the cue a special hit.



The shaft of the cue is usually made of maple.  Maple is very hard and is used because it can take years of use without damage.  Some cheaper cues are made from Ramin wood which is a wood like Poplar. 


Trim Ring

The trim ring is used to protect the wood at the joint.  The trim ring is usually made from high impact plastic or stainless steel and if you hit the edge of the joint you do not dent the wood and damage the shaft.



The joint is used to take the cue apart for carrying.  Joints come in many different styles and configurations.  The object of all the different types is to join the 2 cue pieces firmly and accurately.



The forearm of a cue is usually where the money is.  Cue forearms can use Birds Eye Maple or Ebony, Cocobolo, some other exotic woods. 


Forearm Inlay

The inlay in the forearm also contributes to the price of the cue.  Exotic materials and intricate work makes the cue more expensive.  Cheaper cues use decals.



The handle is where you put your hand.


Linen Wrap

A lot of cues have the handle area covered with a Linen material.  Some more expensive cues use a Leather wrap and some cheaper cues have the handle wrapped with Nylon.


Butt Sleeve

The butt sleeve usually has a good looking piece of wood.  Again, more expensive cues use more exotic woods.


Butt Sleeve Inlay

Again, the inlay on the butt sleeve is where the money is.


Butt Cap

The butt cap protects the cue when you are chalking.



The bumper protects the bottom of the cue.



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