The Difference Between Snooker and Pool Cues

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If you enjoy playing both snooker and pool then you will have probably have noticed that there is a difference between snooker and pool cues. But have you ever stopped and thought why this is so? Are the differences created for a reason, and if so what? Perhaps if you are a very experienced player you have noticed the differences but never knew why they were there. So we enter the world of snooker and pool cues and will try to determine what variations there are and why they are there.

Snooker Cues

Snooker cues are also often referred to as billiard pools because in essence they are one and the same. Both games are played on a full-size table with the same size balls, so it is not surprising that the cues should be almost identical. The straight taper design of Snooker cues is there to provide a very stiff and strong cue. The stiffness of the cue means that the player has a unique feel and touch when the cue hits the ball, and is ideal for complex shots such as side spin. Another integral part of a snooker cue is its tip, which is on average only nine and a half millimeters in diameter. Tips can vary in size but considering the balls are fifty-two millimeters it allows the player to hit the ball in many different places. Snooker cues normally have a maple or ash shaft, and the two different woods do play slightly differently. The main consideration on when buying a snooker cue is it one piece or has a spliced butt section.

American Pool Cues

American pool is played on a smaller table but the balls are much bigger at fifty-seven millimeters in diameter. The cloth on the table is much faster than in snooker and therefore the game is often quicker and more dynamic. As the balls are heavier and bigger than snooker balls more power is required to make them move. The pool cue has been adapted to do the job perfectly it is robust and powerful, has a two piece construction with a heavy base. There are two different types of tapers to a pool cue, the Professional which is basically a funnel shape. And the European which is more akin to a straight snooker cue. Spin is used heavily in playing pool so there have been many technological additions to the pool cue over the years. This includes deflection shafts and larger thirteen millimeter tips. American pool cues are rock stars of the cue world, and many have some much intricate decoration on them that they are almost works of art. And the more flamboyant the player then the glitzier will be the cue. So which is better, a snooker or pool cue? The simple answer is they are both the correct tools for what they are used for. Try playing either game with the wrong cue and you will find it a whole lot more difficult.