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Looking for a new LD shaft - 02-23-2017, 07:30 PM

I currently have a McDermott I2 and an OB Classic that I have shot with for years. Well last night I swapped back to a regular maple shaft and realized after the first shot how dead LD shafts can be. So now I have an itch to find a new LD shaft that has a little more feel. I know I will never get the feel of a true maple shaft but there should be something closer than what I am currently using. I have been reading quite a few older threads and stuck between bd ss360p, tiger pro x or bd ss360/2. As I said before I am looking for a better feel but still need something that does as good a job as an I2 or the OB for deflection.


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02-23-2017, 08:26 PM

The Mezz 700 is very good and so is the Meucci Pro. I have a Meucci Pro with a 3/8-10 pin for one of my McDermotts.
  
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02-23-2017, 08:28 PM

Mezz shafts are worth a look. I'm partial to the ex pro but I don't think they make it for other joints. Other Mezz shafts are in a few joints.

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02-23-2017, 08:43 PM

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The Mezz 700 is very good and so is the Meucci Pro. I have a Meucci Pro with a 3/8-10 pin for one of my McDermotts.
Any idea how the Mezz 700 stacks up to the 900?

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Mezz shafts are worth a look. I'm partial to the ex pro but I don't think they make it for other joints. Other Mezz shafts are in a few joints.

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you are correct, on their site only have united joint or wavy joint for the ex pro.


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02-23-2017, 09:05 PM

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Any idea how the Mezz 700 stacks up to the 900?



you are correct, on their site only have united joint or wavy joint for the ex pro.
I don't own any Mezz shafts, but I have shot with both the 700 and 900. I prefer the 700.

The 700 is 12.5 mm and pro taper.

The 900 is 12 mm and conical taper...too thin for me and I don't like conical tapers.
  
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02-24-2017, 11:19 AM

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I don't own any Mezz shafts, but I have shot with both the 700 and 900. I prefer the 700.

The 700 is 12.5 mm and pro taper.

The 900 is 12 mm and conical taper...too thin for me and I don't like conical tapers.
How was the deflection between the 2?


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02-24-2017, 11:31 AM

1) Go as thin as you can.
2) Take Mezz over anything else.
3) Try out Player's HXT.
4) Tiger Pro X is rumored to be rather good in the feeling area. But I cant agree with their pricing and business practices.
5) Give Katana 11.X mm a shot.
6) Watch out for a proper tip.
7) Don't take Predator. Never.
  
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02-24-2017, 12:02 PM

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1) Go as thin as you can.
2) Take Mezz over anything else.
3) Try out Player's HXT.
4) Tiger Pro X is rumored to be rather good in the feeling area. But I cant agree with their pricing and business practices.
5) Give Katana 11.X mm a shot.
6) Watch out for a proper tip.
7) Don't take Predator. Never.
1. I have been thinking about trying a 11.75mm
2. Thinking about it.
3. Your #2 is going to rule this out
4. They are cheaper than a Mez and what did they do? Haven't read anything about this.
5. Again #2 should rule this out.
6. Which ever shaft I end up will get either a Kamui or a G2 tip
7. LOL


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02-24-2017, 08:26 PM

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How was the deflection between the 2?
I didn't play with them at the same time, so I didn't have a side-by-side comparison.

I think the 900 may have a little bit less, but I didn't try it out for the length of time I tried out the 700. The difference is negligible, I'm sure, but I don't like the really thin shafts of any type...deflection or no deflection.
  
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03-20-2017, 07:30 AM

the Mezz wd 700 plays awesome easy spin very low defection my guess would be the 900 is even less and just so you know I am shooting with a Kenny Murrell butt modified 3/8-10 pin with the wd 700 shaft zan medium tip. hit is a little stiff but great feedback i can make a table length cut with th ob ball on the rail using spin to kick it in almost no compensation very similar to Z2 and ob 11.75mm


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Ss360/2 - 03-23-2017, 12:25 PM

Try the SS360/2 and you will be amazed how good it play's !!!
  
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03-23-2017, 06:23 PM

If you are looking for LD shafts with great feel, these should be on your list:

- Mezz WX700 (12.5mm)
- Mezz WX900 (12.0mm)
- Mezz EX Pro (12.5mm)
- SS360/2 (can order it in whatever tip diameter you like)
- Joss the Natural (12.5mm)

I can`t say I have played extensively with every shaft out there, but I have tried more shafts and shaft/tip/butt combos than most players. And I think feel is in many ways more important than the lowest possible deflection. I can`t stand the original OB shafts, predator or Jacoby, there is no feel or feedback. The new offerings from OB, especially the shafts that uses a LBM ferrule instead of their own proprietary wooden ferulle play ok.
The new 314/3 has more feedback than previous offering, but is still low on my list.
Jacoby Edge is just way too many splices and too much glue for me.
The Joss LD shafts are pretty rare, very few players seems to know that Joss makes LD shafts, and they play great. They have one laminated shaft, it`s too stiff for me, but the "natural" is a great LD shaft.
McDermott shafts, ok but very stiff.
Viking, not my cup of tea, and I think the exact shot ones are pure BS.
Tiger, pretty good shafts, but other brands do it better
Pechauer, nothing special.
Katana, surprisingly good for the money.
Lucasi, nothing special.
I have not tried the new LD shaft from Schon.
I have tried a few European brands too, but that might be hard to get in the states.


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03-23-2017, 08:16 PM

Give the Dominator shaft from Dominiak cues a look see. I like mine!
  
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04-20-2017, 12:41 PM

go custom Joe calaluca makes his own ld out of solid maple so does dunkel and mike webb I have a couple of loes and a webb cue they hit awesome and very ld and they will make to whatever tip sizes you want


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04-20-2017, 02:13 PM

I'm basically a solid maple shaft guy but recently have been experimenting with 3 different ld shafts and basically really enjoy shooting with all 3.

Meucci Pro 12.5mm
Meucci Ultimate Weapon Pro 11.85mm
Predator Revo 12.4mm

Would recommend all 3 to anyone.


  
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