Not that I support and/or encourage violence of any kind, however, this story inspired me again to write a post on the history of the cue stick.
Billiards games used to be played with a wooden mace, instead of the contemporary cue stick, until the beginning of the 17th century. First, the handle of the mace was used to remove the balls from the edges of the table. Later on, only the handle (queue in French) was used in billiards games.
Only two hundreds years later the leather cue tip was invented. The invention is credited to the French man Captain Mingaud. Thanks to Mingaud's invention, the cue ball control improved significantly.
Did you know?
- Women were not allowed to use cue sticks on the 17th century. They weren't to be trusted near the billiards table felt...
- Captain Mingaud had a billiard table in his prison cell.