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    09-16-2015 12:39 PM
    I like the hit of Mezz shafts, though never tried the WX900. I think I did the WD700. Great hit, but quite a bit more deflection than the Z, for example. I guess according to what I said, the non clear tip might have a hair less deflection. That clear pad weighs something. Mike Dechaine wanted me to put an extra clear pad so he would have *more* deflection! You can message me on FB if you want. Kerry McAuliffe. We are probably friends lol
  2. Mike Davis
    09-15-2015 10:31 PM
    Mike Davis
    Yes I'm the pro player. Or I was for 10 years anyway and I'm back playing full time now and considering playing most of the bigger tournaments again. Like a lot of good players I don't really know a ton about my equipment and what makes things work the way that they do so I appreciate your help. I do believe it was a kamui clear that was on the shaft that I liked. Predator actually sent me two so I'll just have the tip cut down on one so it has less mass and get one replaced with a kamui clear and see if I like the way either of those plays. for now I'm playing with a mezz wx900, soft black kamui, radial pin, and I think it's a little better than the predator z shaft I had used for years.
    09-15-2015 12:21 PM
    I wish I could offer you more conclusive answers, but I have to say what I know and what I don't know. I can say for sure though that the tip *will* influence deflection. I personally play with a Kamui Black clear medium, generally on the taller side, and very round. This setup works great. I plan to try the Ki-Tech medium hard as my next tip. Hope this helps. LMK if this makes any sense lol.
    09-15-2015 12:21 PM
    What I can say is that generally speaking, it seems like Uni-Loc joints tend to have very low deflection, all other things being equal. It isn't my favorite joint, but some can be awesome. I play with 3/8-10. I have a 4" extension between the butt and shaft, custom made and very light weight. I use a G10 3/8-10 pin on the shaft side. I swear I get less deflection out of my OB and Predator shafts on this setup than without the extension. I know G10 pins can flex some, so I would say that the joint on my cue *might* allow a bit more shaft movement, which could possibly explain the perception that I and others have had that mine is very low deflection.
    09-15-2015 12:20 PM
    I have also read that a harder tip may give a tiny bit less deflection than a soft tip. Personally I think the tip *size* makes the biggest impact. My guess would be that single layer tips are likely to have slightly lower deflection, since they are probably less dense and heavy than a layered tip. The Ki-Tech tips are very very nice, single layered tips. I just got a shipment of them and will be installing them on a few peoples cues, in various hardnesses. Check out my facebook page Kerry McAuliffe. I'll post pictures and feedback. I actually started a tip page, since I install tips. The page is KMRUNOUT Tips. I haven't used it yet but I am going to start. As for the joint, I do believe it can have an effect on deflection. I must admit that I don't have good data to claim that one type of joint is better than another.
    09-15-2015 12:19 PM
    Hi! Curious is this *the* Mike Davis, pro player? Anyway I have experienced a similar thing. I've tried the new Meucci Pro shaft. One I loved, two I only liked. Those two seemed to have more deflection than the other one. Since wood is an organic substance, I think it is susceptible to variations of all kinds. However, I think the radial lamination process helps to "standardize" the differences. The Meucci shaft isn't laminated, so the differences there are more understandable. For a Predator shaft, I really believe the biggest differences in deflection would be due to the tip. In particular, how tall the tip is and to a lesser extent what type. I very big tip essentially adds some mass to the end of the shaft, which directly increases deflection. It seems that the least deflection comes with a fairly short tip. I have read that a dime radius gives slightly lower deflection than a nickel or flatter shape.
  7. Mike Davis
    09-14-2015 10:02 PM
    Mike Davis
    Hello. I just read your explanation of how different tips play better on different diameter shafts. You seem to have a great understanding on that subject and I'm hoping you can help me with something similar. I tried someone's predator vantage shaft and loved it. Super low deflection and great feel. I got one of my own and I don't like the feel and even worse it doesn't seem to be as low deflection as the one I had tried. It is most likely that it's just a high level of variation in production quality of the shafts or would the tip and the different type of joint have a noticeable difference in the deflection? If so can you tell me which tips and which type of joints give the lowest deflection? I was under the impression that the shaft was the only thing had any noticeable effect on deflection.

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