Being one of the first builders of jump cues back
in the 1980s the concept of the jump cue was nothing new to me. The principles that make a jump cue work are commonly known.
When new rule changes were added in regards to the jump cue, many of the jumpcues being built became illegal. This included
my jump cue. This presented me with a challenge, not only to build a legal jump cue, but to build a cue that is superior to
anything I had built in the past. After many months, and a number of prototypes, I feel I have surpassed my goal.
In designing my jump cue, I wanted to meet a few
needs I felt were missing in most jump cues. First and foremost a jump cue must be light. Many achieve this by making the
butt very thin. Although this works, it does not make for a very comfortable feel to the average player. By contrast the butt
of my jump cue is just under the dimensions of the wrap area of a standard custom cue, making for a very natural and comfortable
feel. This is achieved through the use of a compound taper on the butt, and with an overall length of 42 inches does not have
that awkward feel often associated with jump cues. The weight problem is solved in several ways. One is by the use of a light
and strong alloy screw. The second and most significant difference is, the butt is built with a solid core of urethane foam.
This not only lightens the butt, but also produces a resilience that seems to make the ball jump with even greater ease.
The Picone jump cue is what I call
a dedicated jump cue, unlike a jump-break cue that serves two purposes. The special design features required in a jump cue,
such as, tip, weight, butt dimensions, and so on, do not lend themselves to a duel purpose. The front half of a jump-break
cue, the jumping half, is by its nature not the best design for a jump cue. Although carrying a third cue may seem to impose
an inconvenience, if you are a serious player, having the right equipment is the only way to go.
Weight------approximately 8.2ounces plus or minus a fraction
Shaft mm.--13 1/2 mm.
Special Design Details
The tip represents an important part of the jump cue. The tip is made
from "layered fiber in a resin base" and are produced right here in my studio. I only use this tip on
my jump cues and break cues. Although hard, it will take chalk for jumping with english and even draw.
Built from selected hardwood, the over all designs are both reminiscent of classic styles, as well as, unique and
original designs. The joint is of flat faced style, with a 3/8 x 10 alloy pin and decorative linen phenolic joint collars.
The butt cap is of the finest materials and finished off with a special bumper custom cast in my shop.
The shaft is turned from hard rock maple with a strong taper and a phenolic collar completing the overall joint design.
Measuring 29 inches long, if fits in any standard case.
The Picone jump cues are available in different models. From basic maple, to custom and exotic models, many one of
a kind. Finished cues are then sealed, and sprayed with three coats of hi-tech clear poly, and finally buffed to a mirror
The jump shot is one of the most exciting shots preformed on the pooltable.
I doubt there is a professional player playing today that doesn't own and use a jump cue. If you have always watched other
players jumping balls and thought to yourself "I could never do that", think again. With a Picone Jump cue and little
practice anyone can perform spectacular jumpshots. In performance, quality and value, A Joseph Picone jump cue is in a class