English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : December, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : December, 1911

Billiard Lovers in Council

Other Things That Matter

To the Editor.

The game of billiards at its best, as it should be played,
and, as I believe—in a great measure thanks to the helpful
encouragement of The Billiard Monthly—it is now played in
a rapidly-increasing number of private houses, depends very
much upon the tools which players find to their hands (as
all billiard players will acknowledge) and one of the most
important of these is the cue.

In most private billiard rooms the owner has provided a
first class table; the balls are true and correct in size and
weight: rests and full and half butts are excellent; and the
lighting is all that can be desired. But in many—too many
cases the cue rack offers a wretched collection of cues to
the owner’s guests. Here are often to be found plain
ash slicks without balance and many of them badly bent,
with perhaps a butted cue thrown in, but all carelessly
bought and fined down very often until the tip is no thicker
than a pencil. There are cues bought for half a guinea
which have neither stiffness nor balance.

The host uses his own carefully-chosen cue which cost
him a guinea and placing his own game expects his guest
to play his with the common cue that he provides for him.

Surely just as great a duly is laid upon us who are fortunate
enough to possess a billiard table to provide a carefully-
selected set of cues for our guests for the enjoyment
of their game in our billiard room, as to provide a good
cigar or glass of wine for their enjoyment in our dining

In the case of outdoor games our guests bring their own
racquets or whatever implements are required, but it is quite
the exception to see an invited guest bring his own cue and
we should recognise this and provide for it. Many of our
guests have never possessed a cue of their own and probably
never will.

One not infrequently hears the remark in a billiard room
“Oh, any stick will do for me,” and we have all, I think,
noticed a somewhat general tendency to belittle the importance
of the cue no doubt from a mistaken dislike to appear
over fastidious. It may be that there is, as yet, a lack of
appreciation of a well-made cue among players which will
right itself as the game becomes more and more popular,
and playing improves in quality.

I believe that carelessness in the provision of good cues is
the result of thoughtlessness rather than of any desire to
avoid expense, and therefore I wish to bring this subject
before your readers in the hope and belief that those of us
who may feel that the cap fits us will examine our cues
and think a little for our guests.

Anyone of our well-known firms of billiard table makers
will quickly choose and supply a good selection of cues varying
in weight and balance to suit all players. Some of
these firms will take the greatest trouble to supply what we
require and at a cost that is trifling to anyone who can
afford to buy a billiard table.

There is really, therefore, no excuse for the absence of.

say, half-a-dozen well-made cues from our cue racks, and
the presence or absence of these makes all the difference in
the world to a guest’s enjoyment of an evening in one’s
billiard room.


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