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.
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.
Of 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.
When it comes to performance, most players will tell you that the majority of the playability in a cue will be in the pool cue tip and the ferrule. The ferrule is that little white piece just below your tip at the top of your shaft. At its most basic level, the ferrule is your pool cue’s shock absorber. Like a car’s shock absorber, the ferrule provides an additional level of control over your pool cue. This results in an even flow of energy transfer throughout the cue. As you can imagine, if you chip or fracture your ferrule, you’ll lose consistency and control.
Most pool cues being made today come with either linen fiber, Ivorine III or Aegis ferrules. Custom cues on the other hand, will often come with ivory ferrules which are thought to provide the most feel. Aegis is considered the best alternative to ivory and can be found in many midrange cue brands including Joss and Falcon.
Knowing which ferrule is right for you is dependent on your style. If you’re looking for a ferrule that will provide more feel and resonation throughout your cue, ivory or a synthetic ivory (Ivorine or Aegis) will likely be your best bet. On the other hand, if you want a ferrule that absorbs most of that feel and vibration, linen fiber ferrules are likely your better bet.