When you are assembling your cue case contents, besides your sticks you will need a few accessories. These items are necessary to ensure that pool playing time is not interrupted. Most of your minor problems can be fixed by pulling out one of these accessories.
Here are a few items that are useful to have available:
- Cue tip shaping tool – A cue tip can become misshapen during normal use, which can create some real problems in getting a consistent hit. The tool will shape the tip so it is playable.
- Tip tapper/roughing tool – As you constantly hit balls; the cue tip hardens from the constant impressions. This creates a problem in holding chalk. Without a well-chalked tip, many shots risk the chance of a miscue. The tool roughs up the tip surface, making it easier to hold chalk and avoid those embarrassing cue mistakes.
- Cue glove – Many people do not use a cue glove, believing its use is somewhat girlish. The glove ensures the cue shaft will easily slide back and forth. This eliminates distractions caused by minor imperfections in the shaft. (Have an extra as a spare.)
- Scotch green scrubbing pad – Over time, the cue shaft picks up oils from your hands which attract dirt. This can make the shaft a little rough and noticeable even through a glove. The pad is the equivalent of 1000 grit sandpaper. Wrap the pad around the shaft and pull it up and down vigorously until you feel warmth through the pad. Take the pad and flick it with your finger to knock out the dust and dirt. Store it in your case for the next time.
- Microfiber towel – Use this to keep your hands dry during your games. It can also be used to give your stick a quick rub-down.
- Chalk holder – a couple extra chalk cubes in a plastic bag.
- Cue holder – only needed it you use two sticks (regular and break).
- Small notepad and pen – to write down anything that comes to mind.
There are many other tools and accessories that can be added to this basic list. Whether you include them is a personal preference.
You can add an entire suitcase of items if you are so included. Several individuals do this. In a small carry-all, they include the several training aids, books, and DVDs with a small DVD player. These are kept in the trunk. If entering a pool hall for practice time, they bring the bag in with their cue base. They get a distant table and settle down to work on what is important at the time. If they are going to pool hall to play, the carry-all is left in the car, and they walk in with only their cue case.