What’s all this business about deflection?  The first time I heard about deflection I immediately pictured a circa 1970s Linda Carter bouncing pool balls off her magic silver bracelets.  After doing a little research though, I found out that when it comes to pool cues, deflection means something a little different.

Here’s the deal.  The idea behind the low deflection shaft is when you hit the cue ball with English, the shaft construction will work to decrease the cue ball’s deflection.  Different shafts go about reducing deflection in different ways.  Some of them take splices of wood and glue them together to make the shaft, others make changes to the end of the cue with adjustments made to the tip, ferrule and even hollowing out the end of the shaft.  There’s a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo that goes with all this, but the bottom line is that low deflection shafts make it easier to sink your shots when you’re putting English on the cue ball.

Unique Features:
 

  • Hollow Bore Shaft
  • 10 Piece Radial Splicing
  • 6/10″ Ferrule
Lucasi Hybrid Low Deflection Shaft
Lucasi Hybrid Shaft
Unique Features:
 

  • Zero Flex Ferrule
  • 8 Piece Radial Splicing
  • 12.75mm 8 Layer Tip
Unique Features:
 

  • 6 Piece Stress Relieved Splicing
  • Wood Ferrule
  • Vibration Dampening Core
Unique Features:
 

  • 5 Piece Cross Grain Splicing
  • Sniper Tip with Red Fiber Backing
  • Extended 15″ Pro Taper

Still have questions?  Drop us an email or give us a call.  We’re not physicists over here, but we do know our shafts and we’re happy to help out wherever we can!

Spring Training for Pool Players

On March 25, 2008, in Billiards Training, by Michael Feiman

March may be Spring Training for Major League Baseball, but with the APA, VNEA, ACS and BCA tournaments all just around the corner, March is also the perfect time to get in some extra practice and tune up your pool game.  Here at PoolDawg, we’ve got just the tools you need to take your game to the next level.

Low Deflection Shafts – Simply put, low deflection shafts make pool easier.  They give you more control over the cue ball and are specifically constructed to make sure you don’t have to overcompensate when putting english on the ball.  In addition to the OB-1 Shaft pictured above, we also carry the Lucasi Hybrid, Players Hydrogel, Mezz Cues featuring the WD700 shaft and of course the Predator 314 shaft.

Ball Control – Need to practice your english and ball control?  Check out the Jim Rempe Training Ball.  Easily our most popular training tool, the Rempe Ball has both a beginner and advanced player side so as you improve as a player, the ball will grow with your game.

  • See where to hit the cue ball for spin
  • Develop a better stroke by teaching a more accurate delivery of your stick to the ball
  • Optimize the rebound angle on ball and cushion for a better position on the next shot

Books, DVDs and More – With over 50 training items to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect book, DVD or training tool to improve your game.  Whether its learning to Bank with the Beard, improving your aim with a set of Pro Pocket Reducers, or even just brushing up on the basics with authors like Phil Capelle, PoolDawg has what you need to get your game tournament ready.

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