The Butt

In the cue butt portion of the cue, the bulk of the weight of the cue is usually distributed here.

Whether the weight be 18 oz. or 22 oz., the weight change is mainly in the core, under the wrap.

There are varying constructions, from 3-piece to one-piece, as well as other custom versions that people have developed.

These translate into different "feels" because of the distribution of weight as well as the balance point of the cue.

Usually, players want the balance point of a cue near the top end of the wrap or around 7 inches from where they grip the back of the cue stick.

Cheaper cues usually feature a nylon wrap which is considered not as good a "feel" as Irish Linen.

Fiberglass and Graphite cues usually have a "Veltex" grip that is made of fiberglass/graphite, but is smoother and not glossy.

The butts of cheaper cues is usually spiced hardwood and a plastic covering while more high-end cues use solid rosewood or ebony.

The Bumper

The last but not least portion of a cue is the bumper. Though often disregarded in importance compared to the other parts, this part is essential in protecting a cue as well as preserving its "feel".

The bumper protects the cue whenever one puts it on the ground or hits it against a wall, or table. Without it, the vibrations would ruin the wood over time.

The vibrations also play a role in the "feel" of the cue. Without the bumper, the resonance of a hit for cue and cue ball vibrates differently than in a cue with a properly screwed on and tight bumper.

Though minuscule, the bumper also adds some weight on the end of the cue, preserving a balance that also relates to the feel of a cue.

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