Overall Review 4.5/5
The Lucasi Sneaky Pete Pool Stick is a well-made product, meant to hearken back to the timeless designs of more well-reputed companies in the United States. Thankfully, Lucasi doesn’t just mimic their aesthetic — the Uni-Loc joint and upgraded low deflection shaft make this cue solid and dependable.
It’s not cheap, but in comparison to other sticks, you are getting an affordable step-up into the semi-professional level.Buy it Now (Amazon) What's Deflection? Having low deflection is a good thing when shooting pool, especially among the higher skill. When English or Spin is applied to the cue ball, it creates "squirt" which veers the cue ball away from the intended direction. Using a Pool Cue with lower "deflection" helps negate that effect.
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It’s easy to skeptical of imported products, especially when you’re considering dropping a hefty chunk of change. Yes, there are low-quality products made all around the world. But Lucasi is one of the few companies that has been around for a long time and is well known in the pool world. If you are naming big billiard brands, Lucasi is one of them.
Over the last few decades, they have been crafting pool cues with laser-like precision and high-quality components. For the money, you’re getting a stick that competes with $500-dollar-plus pool cues on the billiard table. And with the CNC routed pearl inlays — that’s right, no cheesy decals — it’ll look just as impressive.
What Kind of Player Does this Suit?
Trying to get a handle on your spin? This is the most affordable way to go. The low deflection shaft is no slouch. The ferrule is hard, yet lightweight. Both help to produce a solid hit, with positive feedback.
The Lucasi Sneaky Pete Pool Cue is suited to amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Beginners might want to start off with a less expensive cue, but they’ll also have to contend with the quality control issues that plague other mass-produced alternatives.
What Other Owners Have Said About It
There are very few drawbacks and complaints about this model, and many praised the wood-to-wood joint, a style that they are sunsetting later this year.
- Transfer of English makes object ball throw with little effort.
- The low-deflection shaft has been likened to a doctor’s scalpel — high precision, indeed.
- Garners compliments on the way it looks.
Still undecided? Lets look at a few alternative options.
- Implex joint collar for firm hit
- Softer tip
- Hard oak leather tip holds it shape for a long time
- Lacks a low deflection shaft
Each cue looks incredibly different, but it comes down to your stylistic preferences. We think the Lucasi will charm players with its pearl inlays and Birdseye pattern, but the Purex holds its own with beautiful staining.
Not focused on vanity or good looks? The Lucasi is the all-around winner, since the Zero Flexpoint ferrule and the low-deflection shaft allows for next-level accuracy.
Whether you’re just starting out, or looking to join a league, the Lucasi Sneaky Pete Pool Cue Stick will meet your expectations and more. One of the more surprising and mysterious import manufacturers, Lucasi uses high-quality woods, and a popular joint design which is proven to be strong and durable, topping it all off with expert craftsmanship.
Definitely a great cue for the price, and one you’ll be thanking yourself for in the long run.
- Comes with a soft case (a nice addition)
- Upgraded low-deflection shaft, a 200-dollar value typically
- Affordable compared to American competitors
- Manufactured overseas
- Slim shaft might not be perfect for some
- No leather or linen wrap
Beginners might want to try a few house cues or cheap overseas models before investing in the Lucasi Sneaky Pete Pool Cue Stick, but if money isn’t an option, this is a stick you’ll want in your collection. For self-starters who need to get control of their spin, and are running into brick walls with cheaper sticks, this cue is an excellent investment.Buy it Now (Amazon)