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05-06-2016, 07:06 AM

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As a marker, or to keep the finger off the grip?
As a marker. Sometimes under stress or after a long time, I tend to shorten up my grip too much to where my stroke gets too shortened, so as I set up, I feel the tape against my little finger so I know my grip is in the proper position.

This thread reminded me that I haven't put the tape on my new cue (BD Cues) yet. That must be why I missed that one shot a week or so ago.


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05-06-2016, 07:12 AM

That's a clever idea, Jeff. My tendency is to grip too far back, especially on power shots - never thought of that.


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05-06-2016, 07:19 AM

My first cue was a Miller High Life cue with a screw in tip. At the time, it was my favorite.

I sanded the paint off, which exposed a nice looking dark brown wood. I also created a tip from the center of a golf ball which was very quiet, and I got good english on the ball. It did not survive the first draw attempt.
  
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05-06-2016, 07:51 AM

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So we all have a favorite playing cue. What modifications have you made to your cue and why?

For me, it's my 60" JossWest. Loved the feel of the handle but I did not like the standard 30" shafts because of the squirt. I also did not care for the feel of the leather wrap.

I had the wrap changed to stack leather and loved it. I played with a Predator 30" 314 for awhile, liked the way it played but did not like the balance (too light in front) . Royce sent me a 30" OB classic (12.75mm) to try and liked the feel a lot. Used this for about a year.

Finally tried a Tiger Pro X in beta format and decided this was my shaft. I went back to 29" for better stiffness. It took a few months to get used to the smaller tip (11.75mm) and lower squirt, but love the shaft. I've been with this for about 5 years now and my game has improved with it. No plans on changing at all.

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Hi Tate,

good to "see you here" :-)
I still have the present from you buddy- still thanksful for it :-)
the 30 inches Tiger X Pro is really a quality shaft- but i got now back completley to regular shaft (non-laminated)-
I really played with everything (or almost ) available outthere, because i was curious about the playability of all those LD-Shafts.

But i just like the feel of my regular shafts- also playing now with 60 inches length for about 2 years- and happy with hit- it s just more comfortable for me bc i have more problems to reach some positions bc being still bit afraid to put my weight on my back leg (right leg) where my knee is *done*. Thsi was the main reason to test 60 inches out- and it s a great thing :-)

I am definitley a "ld hater" - sure not. I just don t care about it- if i like the feel of a cue, i have to adjust and calibrate for the cue...no matter about diameter, size, stiffness.....i just have to "work with it"and STAY with it :-)


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05-06-2016, 09:08 AM

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As a marker. Sometimes under stress or after a long time, I tend to shorten up my grip too much to where my stroke gets too shortened, so as I set up, I feel the tape against my little finger so I know my grip is in the proper position.

This thread reminded me that I haven't put the tape on my new cue (BD Cues) yet. That must be why I missed that one shot a week or so ago.


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That's a clever idea, Jeff. My tendency is to grip too far back, especially on power shots - never thought of that.
I like my grip to wander, short and long....I probably vary where I grip by 8 inches.
...the more spin I need at a slow speed, the shorter I hold it.
Long dead ball shots made me hold it long, right off the linen.
Holding long worked for the Rifleman.

I remember Charlie Bryant in the stands at the 2002 9-ball Open.
Owens at hill/hill for the b-side finals playing Luat....he's got a long shot on the 7-ball.
Chas whispers "He's gonna have trouble on this shot...he's been playing too much 1-hole
and holds the cue too short for these."
Luat went to the finals against Schmidt.


'course, Jeff's method is great if you have an excess amount of vanity in your pool game....
......'cause every match is taped.

Correction....it was the match for the hot seat between Owens and Luat...A-side finals


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05-06-2016, 09:10 AM

Had a couple ferrule-less shafts made from the maker of the cue after having it for a few years.


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05-06-2016, 09:24 AM

The What: Replaced butt sleeve, butt cap, and wrap with identical factory replacements.

The Why: I slammed, er...rapidly modified the bottom of my cue via impact with the ground due to a missed easy shot and momentarily poor self-control (a condition known medically as "Momenticus assaholus").
  
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05-06-2016, 09:29 AM

I'm kind of surprised to see how few modifications there are to our cues. In the motorcycle world, very few ride a stock bike. In the firearms thread, a great many rifles were heavily modified.

I guess we like our cues as served.


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05-06-2016, 11:44 AM

My favorite modification to my old cue was selling it and getting a new cue altogether.
  
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05-06-2016, 12:09 PM

Removed the rubber bumper from my Cog, it has no weight bolt. Re-threaded the hole 3/4" deep for the Mezz X-Bumper, now I have a screw in extension.


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05-06-2016, 02:27 PM

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I like my grip to wander, short and long....I probably vary where I grip by 8 inches.
...the more spin I need at a slow speed, the shorter I hold it.
Long dead ball shots made me hold it long, right off the linen.
Holding long worked for the Rifleman.

I remember Charlie Bryant in the stands at the 2002 9-ball Open.
Owens at hill/hill for the b-side finals playing Luat....he's got a long shot on the 7-ball.
Chas whispers "He's gonna have trouble on this shot...he's been playing too much 1-hole
and holds the cue too short for these."
Luat went to the finals against Schmidt.


'course, Jeff's method is great if you have an excess amount of vanity in your pool game....
......'cause every match is taped.

Correction....it was the match for the hot seat between Owens and Luat...A-side finals
Taped...ha ha....you punning is funning.

I use the scotch tape as a standard position for a normal shot and adjust from there for special shots. Kind of like I think of Canada as "up there someplace, according to the weather people," before I travel.

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05-06-2016, 06:32 PM

I replaced the tip.

I replaced the ferrule

I repalced the shaft with a 3rd party laminate.

I changed the wrap.

I then changed the butt because I wanted a wrapless.

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05-06-2016, 06:57 PM

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So we all have a favorite playing cue. What modifications have you made to your cue and why?
I got some sandpaper and lengthened the taper back around 18 inches or so and put on a good triangle tip.

Why? ... Those damned 80 dollar cues all have cheap tips and conical tapers.


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05-06-2016, 09:55 PM

I sanded the shaft down a little to where I liked it. Also took off the linen wrap and put on a black lizard wrap myself. I was a little nervous about doing it but it came out great.
Then to top it off I cut off the Kamui tip and glued on one of Pooldawgs Milkdud tips.
  
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05-06-2016, 10:34 PM

I'm doing the same thing right now. Guido swears by it being ivory. Can't really afford it so looking and trying out a close substitution to ivory.
  
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