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Your pool cue is your vital and indispensable tool in a pool game. Hence, the condition of this tool should be a matter of importance to you at all times.
Besides keeping the pool cue in a safe place and cleaning regularly, you should consider checking your cue weight. You wouldn’t want to play with a pool stick that is so heavy, that contributes to over hitting your balls. Also, playing with a very light pool cue could put you in danger of not being able to apply the required force to the balls.
Sometimes, a simple adjustment of your cue’s weight will change the entire feel of your cue.
Luckily, most of the pool cues available online now give you the weight option while you order. So, you can select the particular weight of the cue you want to purchase.
Others come with an interchangeable weight bolt system. This system gives you the option of changing the weight of the pool cues at will.
Recreation style cues mostly do not come with this changeable weight option; this is because they aren’t manufactured for competitive play. If you are yet to discover how to change the pool cue’s weight easily, then kindly read along with me.
How to change the weight of a pool cue
Changing your cue weight manually is something quite simple. It can be done in a few minutes by taking off the butt cap as well as the weight bolts loaded in the cue butt.
It’s important to make sure you have the correct weight bolts for your cue. You’ll need to identify what brand of cue you are using and the weight bolts they use. If you are unsure, you could always take a bolt to your local billiards hall/repair show and as what they think.
Some common weight bolt brands are:
Predator weight bolts – 16mm in diameter with a thread pitch of 1.5 mm. It’s available in 7 different weights and Compatible with many different predator cues.
McDermott weight bolts – Available between 0.5 and 4oz. These are the 1/2 inch slim style weight bolts. They fit a varity of cues including some players pool cues. Verify which bolt your McDermott uses, if its the 1/2 inch bolt then this is what you need. If its not you will most likely need the 3/4 fat style bolt.
Cuetec Acueweight weight bolts – Comes in a pack of 5 bolts of either 1/2 oz or 1 oz increment bolts. They have a nominal diameter of 17.7 mm with 2.5 mm pitch
Meucci Weight Bolts – Available in single 1oz or 0.5oz and designed for the newer Meucci M-Class cues.
Check the video out from McDermott for added reference. Although they walk you through changing a McDermott, the steps are pretty similar for most cue brands.
For additional information, check out my step-by-step guide below the video.
- Check if its a weight adjustable cue:
To begin, you must find out first if your pool cue is an adjustable weight cue or not.
To do that, take a look at the base of your pool cue, you will find a rubber bumper serving as a covering.
Remove the bumper, and if it’s an adjustable weight cue, the back piece will unscrew so that you have direct access to the weight bolt.
If, after you removed the bumper, the back piece doesn’t move, then the pool cue in your hand didn’t come with a weight adjustment option.
2. Weigh the cue & remove the weight bolts:
Before you remove the weight bolt, ensure you measure the weight of your pool cue and the existing bolt.
This is to give you the current weight of your cue, so you know what weight to either remove from it or add to it.
After taking the cue’s weight, you can remove the weight bolt using an Allen wrench (hex key) or with a screwdriver.
Now, measure the cue’s weight this time without the weight bolt, to get the exact weight of the cue alone.
Alternatively, you can choose to measure the weight bolts itself and know what to decrease or increase, since the weight of the cue without the weight bolts is constant.
3. Add or remove weights:
With the weight of the bolt known, it’s easier to determine how heavy or light the bolt replacing it should be.
Say you have a 21 ounces pool cue with a weight bolt of 2 ounces, and you desire to decrease the cue weight to 20 ounces; then, you will need to replace the 2 ounces bolt with a 1 ounce bolt.
Always make sure you correctly match the bolt before removing it; this will help you not to strip it.
This process is very much the same for all pool cues that come with an adjustable weight system regardless of the brand that produced it.
In some pool cues, it is straightforward to lift the rubber bumper to change the weight, while in others, you will need a specialized tool to remove the bumper.
When purchasing weight bolts, note which cue you have and the type of weight bolts inside as different cues have different bolts.
Standard weight of a cue
It’s important to find a good balance when adjusting your weights. Nothing too heavy and nothing too light.
As standard most cues are available between 18 to 21 oz.
Most modern cues available will also be weight adjustable, so if you buy one and you’re not happy with the weight performance then most likely you can change the weight of the cue.
How to change the weight of a pool cue, if following this guide, is relatively simple, so don’t worry about giving it a go.
Some pool cues are produced with very heavy woods, meaning that the cue’s weight can’t go beyond a particular point.
Example of this type of pool cues is higher ended cues such as Schon and Joss, who make use of heavier and higher quality woods in their pool stick construction.
Most of these cues have their natural weight (no weight bolt added) as 18 or 19 ounces.
This means it’s impossible to get their weight to anything lower than 19 ounces; to even achieve 19 ounces means removing any existing weight bolt.
Pool Cue Weight Bolt Options
As you learn how to change the weight of a pool cue, you should also note that the weight bolts are not universal.
That is, no one weight bolt fits for all pool cues.
Every company that produces cues also produces their weight bolts different from others that best suit their cues.
It means you will need to be very detailed in selecting different weight bolts for different cues.
Also, the weight bolts are meant to be stackable.
This allows you to add as much weight bolt to a pool cue as you want, as long as there is still space in the cue to contain it.
However, no pool cue can comfortably carry a weight of more than 21-22 ounces.
Type of pool cue.
I feel it’s worth noting that a lot of players will come to a pool match with two or more cues.
one cue for playing and another for breaking, the latter being known as a break cue.
The best break cues come with a harder tip to prevent tip damage and a stronger hit of the ball, they also are heavier than regular playing cues.
This is something to note when adjusting the weight of a pool cue.
If you are wanting a lighter playing cue then its always a good idea to consider a heavier break cue to help produce that extra power when breaking.
If your playing cue is ideal for playing but you want it a little heavier for breaking then maybe you don’t need to know how to change the weight of a pool cue but in fact, you might just want cue made for breaking.
The need to take control of your cue with particular reference to the weight can’t be overemphasized.
Whether it’s the pool cue that came with your pool table, or a new one you ordered online, or even a used one you bought, the fact is that you can change the current weight to your preferred weight by yourself.
Provided the cue comes with an adjustable weight point.
As you could have probably observed, a lighter pool cue gives you a high chance of a good hit on the ball.
Although, without personal shoot/stroke control, you could still over hit the ball while using a lighter cue.
Besides, lighter pool cues ensure that after your game, you could even have a very comfortable shoulder.
For pool sticks without an adjustable weight bolt, your only chances of reducing the weight are by drilling out the butt.
This is only obtainable on cheap cue, as it will be impossible to do on more expensive cues. So with this, the days of having shooting issues arising from the weight of your cue should be over.