McDermott Billiards Blog

Archive for September, 2010

Cue Maintenance Series: The Tip

The tip is probably the most important part of the pool cue. A tip should be shaped in a convex manner to help create maximum cue ball response on all shots. The tip should also be kept coarse allowing chalk to adhere to it. When using any tool to shape and scuff your tip, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the side wall of the tip becomes thinner than a dime, the tip should be replaced.

Take care of your cues and yourselves!


Cue Maintenance Series: Proper Storage

Hey everyone. We wanted to do a few blogs on how to take care of your cue.  With proper care and maintenance, your cue will last a lifetime. This short series will explain a few of the simple things you can do to keep your cue playing like the day you got it.

Proper Storage

Your cue should be stored in consistent temperature and moisture conditions. Extreme temperatures or humidity will cause warpage. If the cue is being stored on a wall mounted rack, be sure it is kept perfectly straight. Avoid wall mounted racks that are installed on an exterior walls. Exterior walls tend to be subject to extreme changes in temperature and/or humidity from changing weather outside. For extended storage, it is recommended to use a carrying cue case laid on a flat surface, leaving the case open to allow movement of air.

That’s it for part 1 of our cue maintenance blog series. Take care of your cue and it will take care of you.

See you soon,


Pool Prodigy

If you’ve seen our catalog you’re familiar with Keith O’Dell Jr., the Pool Prodigy. He’s 3 years old and unbelievably talented. Keith has been considered by many to be the Tiger Woods of pool. Here is a video of his latest skill: jump shots. Wait until you see his last shot.

How about that last shot? Keith jumps a full rack and pockets a ball. He’s probably better at jumping balls than a lot of players, myself included. For those of you who are interested in improving your jump game, check out the McDermott Jump Trainer. It’s a training ball that teaches you exactly where to hit to get the type of jump you’re looking for. You’ll also find other training products offered by McDermott on the same page.

If you liked this video, check out our YouTube page. We post links to interesting billiards videos from all around the world. Also, we are giving away 3 t-shirts a week and 1 cue a month to our Facebook fans. All you have to do is go to our fan page and click “Like.” That’s all it takes to be entered. We hope to see you all there!


McDermott Jump Trainer Ball