The Advantages of a Carbon Fiber Pool Cue

Predator Revo Shaft is one of the most popular carbon fiber shafts available

A Brief Background of Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is created when thousands of carbon atoms are bonded together to form lightweight, durable long chains. The carbon fiber in commercially available products is usually made from a composite of carbon fibers incorporated into plastic resin. The strength of this carbon fiber composite is comparable to steel, while the weight is similar to plastic. Carbon fiber products for both industrial and commercial use are heralded for their durability, stiffness, and resistance to heat and stress.

The Benefits of a Carbon Fiber Pool Cue 

If you are considering switching from a wooden pool cue to a carbon fiber pool cue to improve your game, there are several advantages.

Low Deflection

The hollow core and low weight in the tip, combined with the stiffness of these shafts, create a low deflection stroke while still allowing lots of English (spin) on the cue ball, offering increased efficiency, greater control, and less need for compensation when you play. 

Easy Handling

The problem with wood is the natural variation in every piece. Carbon fiber is more uniform due to the production process and thus provides a more consistent shot. Also, because of their smoothness, these shafts offer very little friction, making them easy to handle, no matter how you prefer to bridge. For these reasons, we like the Viking Seige shaft - 

Simple Maintenance

A carbon fiber shaft stays cleaner compared to a wooden shaft, which is prone to dings and scratches, prompting the need for periodic refurbishing. A quick wipe down with an alcohol wipe is all a carbon fiber shaft needs to stay clean. The durable carbon fiber is also less susceptible to dents and blemishes when you strike cue balls, furniture, or hard floors.

Warp Resistance

Carbon fiber pool cues are less susceptible to atmospheric changes, such as heat or humidity. Because they are warp-resistant, you can store your cue practically anywhere, even the trunk of your car. These cues will stay stiff, straight, and smooth for a very long time. 

Considerations When Transitioning to a Carbon Fiber Pool Cue

The advantages of these pool cues outweigh the possible cons. Here are a few things to consider.

High Cost 

While the median cost for carbon fiber pool shafts is much higher than the cost of wooden shafts, their extreme durability offsets their high sticker tags. With less maintenance and replacements required, purchasing a carbon fiber shaft will save you money over time if you are a serious/frequent player. 

Potential Correction 

If you play with English, you are used to compensating for deflection when you play, you might have to unlearn this technique when you start using a carbon fiber pool cue. Since it is a low-deflection cue, less correction is needed. It might take some time to adjust your aim and handling. Note that these cues often need less stroke speed, prompting more adjustment when you play. 

For assistance with anything pool game-related, contact our friends at Seybert’s Billiard Supply. 

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