The 2010 Big Pool Cue Survey Results

On December 2, 2010, in PoolDawg News and PR, by Michael Feiman

A week or so ago, we asked our customers to answer a few questions in a highly unscientific survey.  As promised, here are the Top 3 results for each question:

Question #1
What is your favorite entry level pool cue brand sold at PoolDawg?
Cuetec Cues: 26.2%
Players Cues: 18.2%
Action Cues: 7.9%

Question #2
What is your favorite mid-range pool cue brand sold by PoolDawg?
McDermott Cues: 34.4%
Lucasi Cues: 19.6%
Meucci Cues: 19.4%

Question #3
What is your favorite high end pool cue brand sold by PoolDawg?
Predator Cues: 39.3%
Schon Cues: 16.7%
Joss Cues: 15.9%

Question #4
What do you think of low deflection shaft technology?
I won’t play with anything but a low deflection shaft!: 57.2%
It’s all just a bunch of marketing hooey!: 19.9%
I have no idea what you’re talking about!: 22.9%

Question #5
If you could have any performance/low deflection shaft, which would you choose?
I’ll stick with my regular shaft thankyouverymuch!: 24.0%
Predator 314 shaft: 19.4%
Predator Z shaft: 17.3%

And there you have it folks!

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The 101 On PoolDawg Product Reviews

On November 4, 2010, in Contests, PoolDawg News and PR, by Michael Feiman

As some of you know, this week we rolled out our new product reviews module, giving customers the ability to write up and share their experiences with different products on the PoolDawg.com website.  With that in mind, I thought I’d provide a little of the basics on how to write reviews.

Before you start reviewing, you need to set up your account.  Click on the “Log In” link (in the upper right corner and you’ll see a page that looks like this:

If you have an account, just enter your username and password.  Otherwise, click the link that says “click here to create an account”.  Once you’re in, you’ll be presented with a page that has a bunch of different links.  The first thing you’ll want to do is update your profile (this isn’t mandatory, but it’s nice if you want people to know a little more about you):

After you’ve updated your profile, you can click on the “Products to Review” link which will show you the products you’ve recently purchased (if you already have an account).  If you’re new to PoolDawg, just go directly to the product page you want to review.

When you get to a product page, click the “Leave a Review” link:

When you click the link, a window will open up allowing you to write your review and rate the product:

Then, just write your review, hit the “submit review” button.  Keep in mind that we’ll be giving away a $25 gift certificate each week for the best reviews for the rest of 2010.  Plus, your reviews and feedback are really helpful for other pool player who are making decisions about what products they want to buy.

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How To Upgrade Your Free Gift

On August 17, 2010, in About PoolDawg, by Michael Feiman

Yes, we have a new feature based on the feedback from our customers.  Like many of the other stores who sell pool cues and billiard supplies, we give away free gifts with the purchase of most of the cues on our website.  For us, it’s either a soft case, a glove or a box of chalk.  The issue of course is that many of our customers want something nicer than a soft case for their new cue.  That’s why we’re now letting customers apply the value of their free gift toward the purchase of a new case.

When you go to a cue page, you’ll be given the option via a dropdown of either selecting a free gift or upgrading your case.  What you’ll notice is that the cases in the upgrade dropdown are $5.00 cheaper than normal.  Basically, you’re getting to apply the value of the most expensive freebie toward the purchase of a better case.  It looks something like this:

screenshot-freegift

We’re working on some other stuff as well, so keep an eye out for other site upgrades over the next few weeks!

As always, if you have any questions, just drop us an email or give us a call.

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That Shaft Sure is Whippy…

On June 19, 2008, in Billiards Products, by Michael Feiman

I was talking to a customer the other day who was asking me about the difference between Meucci Cues and Mezz Cues. Through the course of our discussion about the pros and cons of each brand, I mentioned that some people tend to find Meucci shafts to be a little whippy, do which he asked what exactly I was talking about. Sometimes through the course of the day we tend to use descriptors that make sense to us, but might not mean anything to other people, so I thought I’d take a moment to relay how I described whippy to this customer.

When we refer to a shaft as being whippy, we’re talking about the amount of flex in the shaft. Much like a golf club, pool cues come with different degrees of stiffness. Some cues like those made by Schon, tend to be pretty damn stiff while others like the Meucci we were looking at, tend to have quite a bit more flex to them. Personally, I’ve found that Meucci shafts have more flex than any other brand I’ve tried out.

The next question that comes up is whether or not whippy = bad or if stiff = good. This is a much more difficult question to answer, as it really is personal preference. For me, I like playing with a cue that has a nice, stiff feel to it. Not surprisingly, I feel the same way about my golf clubs. I hit with steel shaft irons and got rid of my graphite shaft irons because they were too “whippy” for me. I couldn’t control the ball with graphite as well as I could with stiff steel. It should be noted though that I’m an awful golfer and there are tons of great golfers who swear by graphite shafts.

The same can be said for pool. I play with a stiff shaft because I can’t control my shots with a more flexible shaft. Does that mean that stiff is good and whippy is bad? For me, the answer is yes, but for someone else the answer will be a resounding “hell no!”. The bottom line is that that shaft flex is all about personal preference. What might be “good” for one person is “bad” for another. Ultimately, you need to find the shaft style that works best for your game and go with that. This is why people who like Meucci cues absolutely will not play with anything else and people who don’t will play with anything but.

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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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