Snooker is a game with a long history dating back at least into the nineteenth century with roots in games even older such as billiards. Most popular in Great Britain and its protectorates, snooker is a table game involving 24 balls that the player attempts to strike into any of six pockets with a cue or cue stick, making the care and maintenance of that stick quite important to success in the game.
A snooker cue is a long, cylindrical stick five or more feet long weighing between about 15 and 20 ounces. It is usually made up of laminated wood with a handle or grip at one end and a leather tip at the other used to strike the billiard or snooker balls. Snooker cues are normally lighter and thinner in profile than billiard or pool cues.
The tip of the cue is usually attached by use of glue or epoxy at the end of the cue. Less expensive cue sticks sometimes use press-in or screw-in tips that, while simpler to replace and repair, are less effective and less durable.
The cue stick itself should not be leaned up against a wall and you most certainly should not lean your weight on it. Avoid banking the butt of the cue against the floor as it is possible to warp or even break a cue treated this way. A buzzing or rattling sound during a shot indicates either a cracked cue or that the tip is either cracked or coming loose.
Some cues are sold in multiple piece designs that allow the player to extend the length of the cue as needed. A standard-length snooker table is 12 feet long and requires a substantial reach sometimes. While these types of cues are quite helpful in playing the game, it is important to make sure all pieces are tightened up properly before playing a shot.
The smooth finish on a cue often get dinged up through regular use. The simplest way to address this problem is by rubbing the length of the cue with steel wool to smooth out any nicks. Be sure to apply the steel wool to the length of the playing part of the cue so it does not get worn more on one side or the other.