Back in the day people used to carry around a little piece of sandpaper with them in their wallets. It was kinda an old hustlers method of sanding a bar cue to make it smooth and play better than the rest on the wall. Over the years there have been many little tricks to get your shaft smoother and over the years there have been little actual advancements to improve the way players keep their shafts clean and smooth.
There exists a strong wooden shaft community that allows you to keep the feel and look of traditional playing cues as the carbon fiber craze comes and goes up and down. Chalk marks on the shaft have always been an issue with those who choose to keep their equipment clean and smooth.
Do you ever get stressed at a tournament and want to try and stay calm and focused on a long and enduring tournament? There are better ways for them to get jacked up on caffeine and try to stay focused when you've got a shit load of adrenaline running through you.
I was asked to review this new product called “Cue Balm”. This is a multi waxed based Balm that you apply a thin layer on your cue and wait about 10 to 15 minutes to dry and set. You then used a provided microfiber cloth. They also impregnated the waxes with calming essential oils to calm and relax the body and mind while you play set after set with a smooth non stick shaft.
Now I have always been a skeptic with all this but as time moves forward the industry grows and moves forward and the players get better and better and it’s the next step to make everything that we play with and the tools we use to get better as well. This is the next step in cue maintenance that allows hours and hours of playing on a smooth chalkless shaft even after using a variety of chalk that are messy and will stain the best of shafts.