Break Cue Vs Playing Cue

Hi everyone! In this post, I would like to say that there are different cues sticks that Cue Stick Variationsprofessional players use when playing pool. I have to ask you guys, have you ever wondered why, when breaking to start a game of either 8- or 9-ball, that balls in the triangle formation doesn’t spread throughout the table? It’s because the cue that you’re using (most likely the playing cue) is not designed to do that.

There is a break cue stick that is designed to do this. I was looking for videos on YouTube that I can find to share with you, and possibly give you an idea to better your game. Thus, you can also become that much closer to becoming a professional player. You can see that video below. It describes why the difference between the two cues. Had I have seen this before, I wouldn’t have wondered why I couldn’t spread the balls to fill most of the table. Also, I would have answered my own question. I have only used just the playing cue while playing pool.

Anyhow, here is the video. Feel free to comment or share your thoughts in the comments box below. I look forward to hearing what you all have to say. Cheers!


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    This is great I play pool often but I’m pretty new still so I was unsure if it made a huge difference thanks for shedding some light.

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      Hello Ruth! Yes, a break cue is used specifically when playing pool only during the break. The playing cue is used after that all the way to when the game ends, and there’s a declared winner. I’ll be going over a break cue that can make all the balls in the rack spread throughout the table after the break. Be sure to look for that. Stay tuned…


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    An interesting distinction to be aware of while playing pool. I am not a professional but in my past, I was playing always with the playing cue. Indeed the hit feels very soft with this cue, because I also had the problem that when I break the start, the 8 – ball didn’t move through the field. I should give the break cue a try next time. Do you have a recommendation for a good break cue?

    Thanks for the article!

    All the Best,

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      Hello there, Sergej! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this post. I would like to say that I am not a professional at pool myself either as I never knew that there was a break cue that is being used by other professional players as well. Had I known about this, I would have been a much better player than I am now.

      To answer your question, as far as a recommendation for a break cue, I’ll go over a review on that in my next post. Hopefully, with that break cue, you’ll have all your balls spread throughout the table after the break. Stay tuned…


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