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Top 3 Shaft Tapers

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Through Thick And Thin

Shafts taper, fluctuating in thickness along their length. The three most popular options provide different play capabilities for the aspiring pool shooter.

1. Standard Taper

Most 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 Taper

A "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 Taper

Besides 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.

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