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How to Straighten a Cue Shaft

May 12, 2012  by: rekhas  Points: 12   Category: Golf  Earning $0.35   Views: 1096

It is strongly advisable to purchase a new stick, rather than figure out ways on how to straighten a cue shaft. A cue shaft must be perfect to deliver the exact result that you are aiming for

         

Cue Stick Characteristics:

The Cue stick is a sporting equipment used in games like pool, snooker or billiards. The cue stick has a tapered end and has a specific length for different games. The basic material used for making a cue stick is wood (maple or ash). It is also possible to bond the wood with carbon shafts, graphite or fiberglass. It is important to understand the characteristics of the shaft material as this will aid in its maintenance and also provide clues on how to straighten a cue shaft.

Cues are also tailored for specific shots. For example, the breaking shot in a pool game requires a hard leather or resin tip to ensure that the full power of the shot is totally transferred to the cue ball. Artistic billiards and pool players have special cues, designed to easily execute a particular trick shot. In fact, different games and moves demand corresponding cue design. The variations usually range from the length of the cue, the tip type and the taper of the shaft.

Cue Shaft Bending:

The bending or warping of cue shot is chiefly caused by the loss of the moisture from the wood, which affects its grain structure. Heat, humidity and moisture are the factors that can significantly affect the wood in the shaft and care must be taken to keep the stick away from sources of heat. In most cases, a shaft that is straightened successfully will return to its warped status after some time, and the straightening process will have to be repeated regularly.

Cue shaft Straightening Techniques:

The simplest way to fix a warped cue stick is by using a controlled amount of brute force. This technique must be used with care as it is easy to snap the stick into two. Roll the cue stick on a flat surface or at an angle with the tip resting on the floor, to determine where the bend is. Place your palm over the bend and push downwards, while lifting the butt end of the cue stick, thus manually straightening it out.

The process should be repeated until the bend disappears. However, the distortion tends to reappear, as mentioned earlier.

Wood becomes slightly more pliable or soft, at higher temperatures and when it is slightly wet. Another accepted technique involves using the cue’s own weight to straighten it. This can be done by wrapping a warm and moist towel, with the excess water wrung out of it, around the bent stick. The towel is left on for no more than a few minutes, for the wood to absorb some warmth and moisture. After this, the cue stick must be hung vertically and left for a while, at least a whole day for its self-weight to remove the bend. Alternately, one can also hang some weight to the lower end, but it must be ensured that the shaft remains absolutely straight, or more warping will result.

It is strongly advisable to purchase a new stick, rather than figure out ways on how to straighten a cue shaft. A cue shaft must be perfect to deliver the exact result that you are aiming for, and the above techniques can at best, reduce the warp on the cue shaft, but never return it to its exact original excellence.




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