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.

Why Do I Need Joint Protectors?

On March 12, 2008, in Billiards Products, by Michael Feiman

Acacia Wood Exotic Joint Protector SetOf all the parts of the pool cue, the joint is the one that is the most prone to damage.  As it is the only “open” area of the cue, your pool cue joint can easily get lint, chalk residue or other debris in it, especially from your pool cue case.  Just think about how much gunk is in the bottom of your case from your pool cue tip.  Also, consider the fact that your joint is more susceptible to moisture damage than any other part of your cue.  Joint protectors create a seal on your joint to keep moisture out.

When you consider the fact that you’re spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your pool cue, there really isn’t any reason to not spend a few bucks on a set of joint protectors. You can get a set of Action joint caps for $12.95 and they’ll fit most cues or you can spend a few bucks more and get some exotic wood joint protectors like these birdseye maple joint caps to match the wood in your cue.

PoolDawg currently offers over 20 different styles of joint protectors.  Just click the link below to see them all.

Pool Cue Joint Protector Sets

What is Deflection?

On March 11, 2008, in Billiards Products, by Michael Feiman

The basic definition for deflection is as follows:

Displacement of the cue ball’s path away from the parallel line formed by the cue stick’s direction of travel; occurs every time english is employed. The degree of deflection increases as the amount of english applied increases. It is also called squirt, typically in the United States.

In simpler terms, deflection is simply how far off the ball goes from its intended path when you put english on your shot.  Deflection is one of the biggest issues for any pool player, as you need to be able to at the very least know where your ball is going to travel when you put english on your shot.  Generally speaking, there are two ways to deal with deflection.   The first is to simply practice and get a consistent feel for how much the cue ball squirts when you apply english.  Your other option is to get a cue with a low deflection shaft.

Low deflection shafts like the Predator 314 shaft effectively reduce the amount of cue ball deflection, giving you a truer roll and more control.  Some cues like the Lucasi Hybrid or Mezz Cues come equipped with low deflection shafts.  Ultimately, a low deflection shaft makes the game of pool a little easier, as it adds that extra level of control.

If you have any questions about low deflection shafts, don’t hesitate to email or call us at 866-843-3294.

Players Hydrogel Cues

On March 4, 2008, in Uncategorized, by Michael Feiman

The latest from the world of technology based pool cues has arrived. The new Players Hydrogel cues not only feature the unique Hydrogel Contouring System in the grip but also a high performance HX Low Deflection Shaft. Please note that we only have a very limited number of these pool cues available.

For the first time ever, Players offers technology available in an affordable price range with HydroGel. With the lowest density of any material, Players has combined the HydroGel Contouring System (HCS) with the HX Low Deflection shaft, creating a cue with great accuracy and responsive qualities.

HCS reacts on ball impact, uniformly distributing shock and displacing energy, effectively eliminating vibration that interferes with your shot, providing a rock-solid feel and a superior touch. In addition, the contouring system allows the grip to conform to your hand for maximum control. The HX Low Deflection Shaft features a light-weight core that drastically reduces deflection when your cue hits the ball.

As I mentioned earlier, we have a very limited supply of these cues in stock. We have Hydrogels in Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green. Once they’re gone, we don’t expect to have any more in stock until April 2008.

What is a Sneaky Pete?

On February 29, 2008, in Billiards Products, by Michael Feiman

The Sneaky Pete or Hustler cue is the oldest and most traditional design for a two piece cue. The original concept for the Sneaky Pete was to create a cue that would look like a standard bar cue Meucci 97 Series - Meucci 9701 Sneaky Pete Pool Cue Stick (Red Dot Shaft)when assembled. That way, if a pool hustler was using a high end cue, his opponents would see his cue and just assume it was a bar cue.  An example of a sneaky pete cue is the Meucci 9701 pictured here.

Today, fewer people buy Sneaky Pete cues for the sole purpose of hustling unsuspecting pool players. Because of the traditional style and inherent beauty of the Sneaky Pete, it remains one of the most popular and best selling pool cue design styles on the market today.

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