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The Ballroom BoomStick Break Cue ~ By Garret Troop

Updated: May 29, 2023

There are many different ideas on what makes a good break cue, but ultimately there is a cue that feels good that is designed to break the balls and keep control of the cue ball. Some prefer a heavier cue that you need to use less power, and some are lighter, giving you a faster acceleration of the cue ball. The “Goldilocks” zone is around the 18oz to 19oz range.

Jacoby Custom Cues are in central Wisconsin and is known worldwide for its excellence in cue building and simple quality in the design and execution of products. Now there is a great pool hall in central Wisconsin called The Ballroom. The owner Mike Ganz has a beautiful little place and loves the game. He contracted Jacoby to create the “BoomStick '', which is Mike's design on a great well-balanced break cue that kicks like a mule.

Mike likes the heavy feeling of a break cue, and he designed a carbon fiber break cue with a 4” joint extension. This extension is designed for balance at the joint. The amazing break cue comes in at a whopping 25oz. And because of the heavyweight, you don’t need to break like you're trying to kill the rack. I usually back off about 30% of my usual breaking speed when breaking with a heavier cue. This technique allows the cue to do the work. You keep the cue ball under control and can place it wherever you like on the table with a bit of practice.

The phenolic tip and carbon fiber shaft allow your stroke's maximum power to transfer into the cue ball, ultimately splitting the rack and allowing you to run racks with it. I noticed that I must aim a little more center ball and not try and kill the cue ball. The weight of the cue isn’t very forgiving but allows a person with a weaker stroke to maximize their break. The cue was designed for the players, but a pool hall owner and that speaks wonders.

The design of the cue comes with a couple of options. It comes with a joint extension and a weight bolt. That option is a lighter-weight bolt that allows you to reduce the weight of the cue to compensate for the weight of the joint extension. I personally like the joint extension. This allows the weight and balance to be shifted a little forward and allows the cue to naturally do what is at its best. The BoomStick is all black and stands out in a world of color.

The BoomStick Break Cue is all heart and deserves a place, in your case, at the price point. It’s a great cue for the price built by the world's finest cue maker. The BoomStick smashes racks, and I play with a lighter break cue. I learned how to adapt to the weight and use it to my advantage.

The cue comes with a 29” butt and a 29” shaft with a removable 4” joint extension. The tip is a phenolic with a 12.75mm. It retails for $600 in the standard length; with the LS joint extension, it’s an extra $125. All in all, it’s one hell of a break cue and worth the investment.

This thing is a beast, and I understand why they call it the “BoomStick.”

You need to find the cue that is right for you; for some people, it's a lighter cue, and for others, it's a heavier one. This cue, while to its Maximum weight allowed by the BCA, surely does the job if you don’t try to overpower the cue and let it do its work!

"What are the BCA rules for cue weight?

A pool cue may not weigh more than 25 oz per BCA rules. There is no maximum length specified. The tip may not be wider than 14 mm, and the ferrule may not be longer than one inch. Note that many intuitively feel that a heavier cue would break better, but such is not necessarily the case."

It’s a great cue for those who have a weaker stroke and still looking to maximize their break. All in all, it is a great cue. It has benefits and drawbacks, and it is up to you to find the best break cue for you. This cue is a great investment.


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