Just as you can’t play cricket without a bat, or tennis without a racket, when it comes to the sport that’s snooker, you can’t play without a decent snooker cue. To the novice, a snooker cue is simply a stick to push the balls on the table, but as any true fan of the sport will know, there is a lot more to it than that.
A Rich History
Played by millions of people across the world, the sport has evolved over its time – its history spanning over 400 years. Whilst there is plenty to find out about this history of the game as a whole, today we’re going to focus on the origins of the snooker cues themselves.
Where It All Began
Before the birth of snooker, there was billiards. This was around approximately 200 years before snooker, and it was played on pocket-less tables in the 17th century throughout Europe. Visually similar to croquet, it is thought that billiards were an indoor version of the game. Hence the green cloth, mimicking grass. The cues used for the game at the time were actually named maces. Maces were, in fact, a consequence of croquet mallets, which were wooden and curved at one end, usually with an ivory tip. The top of the mace would be trailed over the player’s right shoulder, pushing the ball along with a sweeping movement.
Snooker Cues Today
Since the mace, players began to experiment with hitting the ball with the tin end. This part of the cue had the same kind of diameter to the cues we still use to this day. The thinner diameter makes it easier to play certain shots. The early version of the chalk we use for cue tips today would be to twist this thin end into whitewashed ceiling walls. In the 19th century, women players still used the mace, but most men graduated to use this thin cue that we use today. Cues were developed with leather tips in France, usually measuring between 14-15mm (the thick end being 35-36mm). The flat part at the thicker end 6-8 inches long is still a feature of the mace design that exists today. Cues began even thinner in the 1870s, with the tip down to 11-12mm. In the 1940s, there became a distinction between billiard cues and snooker cues, and they were made to be heavier, stronger in the taper, and stiffer than billiard cues. Today, most cue tips measure between 9.25-9.5mm and this remains the biggest change in the last century. Otherwise, there are not many differences, aside from the changing uses of wood.
Our Snooker Cues
We offer a whole range of snooker cues at Cuepower.co.uk. These include one-piece, two-piece and three-piece snooker cues, Peradon snooker cues, Cannon Encore snooker cues, centre jointed cues, and more. We also provide a variety of tips, and accessories such as snooker cue cases, racks, and so on.