The Most Expensive Pool Cue Picture Ever Taken
I was a new cue maker at the time so I was never covered. But I did meet the publisher, a Mr. Rick Boling at my first BCA Trade show in Nashville, 1991. He helped me with my first advertisement and bought me a fine breakfast very early one morning before the show. I will be forever grateful for his help, sometimes a little push from here or there makes a big difference.
Anyway, this was the cover of the second issue, 1989.
Before this cover shot was published, no one, and I mean no one, but David Howard broke like this He loved to follow through and put a big bend in his cue. But within six months of this cover shot everyone was doing it, it was like a plague that swept the pool world. This techinque has broken tens of thousands, maybe millions, surely a billion cues.
Simply said, bending a cue like that will break it.
Maybe not the first time, maybe it will take a year or two or three, but it will break, period. It is impossible to break a pool cue by hitting a five ounce cue ball head on, but if you bend the cue like this picture....
Maybe you don't even know you do it, , maybe you loaned your cue to a friend two months ago and he does it, maybe it only happend once, but way down deep inside the cue it is cracked or broken and it is only a matter of time.
If you come to my shop with a cue broken like this, I hand you a new cue blank and a 16 ounce framing hammer. I will have you hit the cue on the joint end, with the butt end on a concrete floor, straight on, as hard as you wish until you get tired or the cue breaks. I have never seen one broken in this manner. It takes the leverage of the shaft and the bend in the middle to break a cue at the joint.
It's simple, pool cues are not designed to bend. they are designed to hit a cue ball head on.
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