A Parris cue review
Just like buying a pair of shoes, or picking a car from the showroom, snooker cues come in a diverse range of prices, quality and customization features. Considered by many to be the Rolls Royce of snooker cues, Parris cues are without doubt the gold standard of the modern era.
It’s well known that the majority of the top players in the world use John Parris cues so here at SnookerCentral we decided to do a Parris cue review to see if the cues justify the price and waiting list.
So why are his cues so highly regarded?
Well to be more specific, Parris has been known to use the best materials from the best ash and maple, to the most beautiful exotic woods that can be got which are chosen by John Parris himself. All the cues are hand made and mostly to order and detailed care and attention is given to each and every cue before it is handed to the customer hence the long waiting lists for a Parris cue. But believe me, these cues are worth waiting for!! They are quite simply, the Rolls Royce of snooker cues!!
Do they play better than other cues?
The quick answer is yes!!
Well lets be 100% honest for a moment. If you are a player who believes buying an expensive cue will turn you into a pro overnight, then you need to think again.
Put it this way, if you went out and bought a Parker Pen for £50 tomorrow, do you honestly believe your handwriting and story telling abilities would improve greatly? No of course not, but you have the best materials to get the most from your technique.
Most of us will know players in the local club who change cues every year or two, believing its the cues fault that their game is not improving. For this reason, unless your also trying to improve your technique, then you are giving the cue little chance to enhance your overall game. If this is you, instead of reading a Parris cue review, you should probably be reading up on techniques to improve your game first rather than blaming the entire process on the cue itself.
In my experience John Parris cues play far better than any other cue. That being said though, the choice of cue comes down to personal preference, but if you’re looking for 1 manufacturer of cues that has a sublime reputation for craftsmanship and play-ability within the cues, then a Parris cue is the best choice to make.
When buying any piece of equipment, i always like to check out what most of the professionals are using because lets face it, they know best. Even the professional players who don’t use a Parris made cue often have their cues maintained or refurbished by Parris on a regular basis.
If you want a beautiful well made cue specifically designed to your requirements, which will last you a lifetime and more often than not improve your game, then get yourself one of these cues.
The most striking differences you will notice between a Parris and a cheap cue, is the feel and quality of the wood. Smooth shaft made from the best ash or maple, the most elegant ebony and splicing from exotic woods. The balance will be perfect within the cue and the ferrule beautifully placed.
I’ve been lucky enough to play with several of these cues and I’m yet to find one i disliked. Sure, I’ve played with one or two that don’t quite suit my game because of weight, length etc, but that’s just personal choice.
Sometimes even the thought of knowing that your playing with a Parris cue can be enough to raise your confidence and therefore raise your game slightly.
If you know exactly what type of snooker cue suits your game in terms of dimensions and weight, then when you get your Parris, it should be the last cue you’ll ever need to buy.
If you have your technique where it needs to be, or currently making progress, then I’d recommend a Parris to you for bringing your game to the next level.
Along with the Parris cue review, we also went to the other extreme and did a review here on cheap cues from Amazon.