Through Thick And ThinShafts taper, fluctuating in thickness along their length. The three most popular options provide different play capabilities for the aspiring pool shooter.
1. Standard TaperMost cuesticks have a shaft that is thinnest near the ferrule. It then thickens, widening gradually, until it reaches its maximum width somewhere from a foot from the joint to at the joint itself.
The taper lets the cue pass through the fingers, yet provides enough weight and mass for a stable stroke. For some, a taper can aid in shortening and ending the stroke, before a hearty followthrough becomes too long and awkward. The cue "grows" in the player's fingers, until it "sticks" inside the bridge hand.
2. Pro TaperA "pro taper", which comes as a standard feature on most cheaper shafts, maintains an even thickness for about the first twelve inches of the cue's length. Nothing special here, this is just somewhat disingenuously called a "pro" taper when it isn't. Push the cue through the fingers of the bridge hand to get results.
3. Double TaperBesides a gradual taper or one that is delayed for a foot from the front of the cuestick, a third type of shaft has a "double" taper. These shafts narrow at first, starting a few inches behind the tip, then widen again, making the shaft thinnest near its middle.
The expert, who often uses a double taper, has the touch required for the most demanding shots. A light, thin shaft is helpful for delicate moves though the stroke.
The additional lathe work needed for a second taper may raise a cue's price. Novices should have no concerns about this type of shaft, if they choose to spend the extra money to buy one.