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!

New OB-2 Shafts Are In Stock

On November 6, 2008, in New Products, by Michael Feiman

ob1logoYou asked for ‘em so we’ve got ‘em.  We just got in our first shipment of the new OB-2 low deflection shafts.  We wanted to let you know about some of the differences between the original OB-1 shaft and the new shafts, so we went to the source.  According to OB Cues, the biggest difference can be found in the tip size, the ferrule and the taper.  The new OB-2 shafts feature an 11.75mm tip, a combination pro/conical taper and a shorter 1/2″ ferrule.

In addition to these core changes, the OB-2 also features a smaller version of the OB-1′s dampening core and the trademark SR-6 construction for optimal consistency. 

We only received a limited number of shafts and there is extremely high demand, so please be patient with us if we run out.  Click here to read more about the new OB-2 shaft.

Mezz Cues – Excellence and Accuracy

On April 2, 2008, in Billiards Products, by Michael Feiman

As one of the more popular cue brands in Europe, Mezz cues are quickly gaining notoriety in the states as a low deflection alternative to Predator. Starting at just $268.00 for the Sneaky Pete, Mezz offers a series of elegant, high performance cues that feature their proprietary WD700 low deflection shaft. Mezz cues range from traditional to sublime utilizing such exotic inlays as turquoise, malachite and even paua shell.

Beyond beauty, what really makes Mezz stand out from the crowd is their WD700 low deflection shaft. This shaft provides increased accuracy and more power to the spin on every shot. Each shaft features a Moori III tip, widely considered the best cue tip on the market and the X Ferrule for extra performance.

In addition to the upgraded tip and ferrule, every WD700 shaft features Mezz’s ISS Technology built into the tip-end of each cue. ISS utilizes light internal support materials while the softer X Ferrule creates an impact that “holds” the cue ball longer, adding additional spin and creating greater accuracy through lower deflection.

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.

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