Balabushka Custom Pool Cues – George Balabushka died in 1975, a tragic loss not just to his family and friends but to the billiards community as a whole. But his legend lives on in the many improvements he made to cue manufacturing as well as many other places.
The famous scene in the 1986 sequel to The Hustler, The Color of Money where Tom Cruise is given a beautiful cue by Paul Newman and told, “It’s a Balabushka,” made the name Balabushka synonymous with top quality pool cues. And David Forman, founder of Adam Custom Cues, licensed the name Balabushka from George’s family and now manufactures a line of cues, Balabushka Custom Pool Cues, under the Balabushka name as a memorial to one of the greatest figures in modern billiards.
In a unique joint effort between the family of the late cue master, George Balabushka, and the superb manufacturing abilities of Richard Helmstetter – together, they assembled as much information about Balabushka’s ideas on cue design, structure, material and philosophy as possible. In the spirit of George Balabushka, the Balabushka Cue Company, LLC promises to maintain that level of excellence in all Balabushka Custom Pool Cues.