It’s interesting to hear a guy who recycles old warped or bent pool cue sticks by making walking canes out of them. That’s probably telling enough to say that warped and bent cues are no longer usable.
Cues are built to withstand the normal straight line impact occurring in the game. However, wood cues, as they are mostly made of one, may not hold up well with side impact.
Being dropped on the floor or persistently leaning the cue against a wall result in side impact pressures that may seem insignificant, with no visible damage on a cue’s finish.
But repeated side pressure can cause internal fractures to the wood that will later show as a crack or warpage. Not only can this be aesthetically unsightly, but in severe cases, the warpage can cause the cue stick to lose its straight line shape that it becomes difficult to use in a pool game.
(Some good players have been known to stick with their warped cues and still win games.)
Bear in mind that the straightness of a cue is crucial in hitting the ball in the direction your want and in the proper consistency. And two-piece cues are often more vulnerable to warpage than one-piece cues.
Slight warping may not adversely affect your play. Professionals value familiarity with their cues to a point that over time, slight warpage of their favorite but aging cues really don’t matter.
But a severe warpage is something else. It is therefore important to keep the cue vertically straight when not in use.
There are cue stands available that hold the cue in such positions when being stored.
This is one storage accessory that is essential if you are a serious pool aficionado.
But what if the cue wood starts to show signs of warping and bent, can it be reversed? Is there anything a player can do to restore the cue?
Here’s some notes to consider.
(1) On a two-piece cues, the easiest way is to replace the offending part with the bent or warpage. These are mostly the bottom handle section that can easily find a replacement.
(2) Otherwise, you can suspend the cue with a string in an upright position with the heaviest bottom part hanging. Leaving it in that position can often restore the cue’s straight shape.
(3) Lean the bent cue against a wall and rotate until the bump juts out of the wall. With your palm pressed against the bump, you can then carefully press on the cue a few inches in the direction opposite the bump. Hold it there for sometime and the cue often gets back to shape. It’s possible you can snap the cue in two if you bend it far enough. Some say you lose nothing, after all, the entire warped cue is useless anyway. But still, try to do this with some caution.
(4) There are some newly patented lathe-like devices that allow storing the cue on a forced position that can restore the cue’s straightness over time. They are quite expensive but if you really have “cue loyalty”, you might go for the extra mile.
But the best thing really is to have a professional cue repair shop do the job for you. It may incur some expense, but the simplicity of “drop it and take it later” means you can concentrate more on the game.
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