Straighten Out Your Game
Don't give up on your cuestick if its shaft is crooked. A slight bend does not harm play much, and there are ways to straighten out the stick again. One of the more bizarre is to 1) hang your cue in the air, in an upright position, tying it to a string attached to the ceiling 2) leave it there motionless for about a week, (a fine conversation piece for your living room) letting gravity pull the cue into shape.
- A better way requires some mild risk, but is simple and fun to do. Holding the cue at its butt end, gently rest its tip on the floor. Set the stick at approximately a sixty degree angle to the ground.
- Rotate the cue slowly on its tip, several times, looking for the spot where it curves up towards you, indicating the place where it bends.
- Place the flat of one hand, palm down, on that spot, directly on top of the "bump". Press down on the cue, holding it still with your other hand. The cue will bend easily into shape.
- Rotate the cue again and repeat, checking and adjusting until you have straightened the cue. This is much more easily done than read in these paragraphs. When you get the hang of it, it will take you only a few moments to repair a bent cue.
- There is a slight possibility you'll snap a shaft in two with your Goliath-like strength, but you had nothing to lose anyway, right? This technique fixes a slightly warped shaft 99% of the time, but be careful with your personal cue. Dare I say practice first on a house cue or two? They tend to have sturdier shafts than more flexible custom cuesticks.