Which is More Important on a Pool Cue: the Shaft, or the Butt?

“Which one matters more: the butt of the cue, or the shaft of the cue?” It’s definitely the shaft of the cue. It’s true that a pool cue butt can have sufficient technology used in their construction, but it’s nowhere near as advanced as the construction of a pool cue shaft.

Manufacturers spend a lot of time perfecting their pool cue shafts and they pride themselves on the amount of technology that goes into their constructions. Their pride is well placed because modern cue shafts are designed in a very scientific and exacting process.

A quality, high-performance pool cue shaft will be laminated, have a hollowed out top, etc. These will all be beneficial in helping to create a low deflection shaft. Lower deflection shafts  equates to more accuracy, which means more repeatable shots when you’re actually playing a game. 

If you’re stuck and trying to decide how best to improve your cue’s performance, I’d recommend that you start with upgrading your pool cue shaft. This will be the most noticeable improvement and you’ll absolutely get better play out of the cue.

If you’re not ready for a full shaft upgrade just yet, consider a pool cue shaft retip service. A pool cue tip generally dries out in 6 months, so try upgrading your cue tip and seeing how your shaft feels.


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    1. Yes, we do. If you’re in San Diego, California, please visit our shop. If you’re elsewhere, you can ship us your cue for reconditioning and then we can send it back to you, better than new. Feel free to call or email us for more information.

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