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Solid Maple Shafts and Grain - 07-18-2019, 01:18 PM

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I play with solid maple shafts, across different cues. I was wondering about the wood grains. Some shafts I see have very fine grains and the whole shaft looks clean and white.

Other shafts have visible darker ring patterns throughout the shaft. this seems to be more common on older shafts, at least in the cues I have at home. (by no means a definitive conclusion, just my observation)

While every shaft is unique and will play somewhat differently, do you cue makers have a preference on grain patterns when choosing shaft wood ? How do you determine what is good and what is not ?

I noticed the other day, that the shafts I prefer to play with are the ones with very visible rings/grain. It got me thinking there was a valid difference in my shafts, or just coincidence.

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07-18-2019, 05:54 PM

Don't be so concerned with ring count.... just look at grain .... there should not be very much run out and it should be straight............... shoot pool and don't think so much

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07-18-2019, 10:01 PM

I pick the stiff, dense and straight kind.
White color not a necessity.

Maple does turn darker as it ages.



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07-19-2019, 08:16 AM

I have seen it all. Tight grain that was heavy and dense. Tight grain that was light weight. Loose grain that was heavy. Loose grain that was light. But even though there are what I call rule breakers, the general rule is nice tight grain wood plays the best. It does not matter much on color although as a rule darker tends to be a little harder because of the way it was dried.
  
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07-19-2019, 12:13 PM

Thanks for the answers.

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Question Solid Maple Shafts and Grain - 09-07-2019, 12:20 AM

Do you mind posting some pics of a tight, well made, straight grain shaft vs a "cheap wood shaft"?
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