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12-29-2009, 01:45 AM

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To me one of the benefits of a well designed, laminated shaft is, of course, lower deflection but also the increased stiffness allows for a longer pro taper and a smaller diameter tip, if that's what you prefer. I happen to like the 12-13" pro taper with a 12.75mm tip that's offered on the Predator 314 and some of the other premium laminated shafts.To me, it's simply more comfortable and allows for an effortless follow through. What I give up in feel I make up for it with better playability. Conversely, I have tried conventional shafts with long pro tapers and smaller tip diameters and most of them feel too whippy and their play is less consistent.The "holy grail" is to be able to offer a low deflection shaft with a long pro taper with the great feel of a fine conventional shaft. I've heard about and tried some custom made shafts on some of the best cues and I still haven't played a conventional shaft that offers the same low deflection of a Predator 314 or Z shaft. They feel better than a laminated shaft but they inevitably deflect the cue ball more and have a shorter or conical taper, which I don't feel comfortable with.

You know, it is possible the have a dense, or old growth shaft turned to a Predator taper, if you find the right maker. What you need to understand is that each maker has their own theory as to how a cue should play/feel. Therefore, they will pick a shaft taper which they feel gives the optimum performance when married to their butt. If they get it right...they will garner a reputation for producing consistently solid players. That is not to say that they are not capable of producing a shaft with a taper different than their norm...one needs to only ask. Some will, some won't.

I am not a big fan of the laminated shaft...I feel you are doing a maker a disservice when you don't let them build their cue.

Case in point would be SW....they are known for a very specific type of 'hit'...and have made a very good living so far sticking to those specifications. If you put a lam shaft on a SW...it just ceases to hit like a true SW should hit. Just sayin'...

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01-11-2010, 01:27 AM

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You know, it is possible the have a dense, or old growth shaft turned to a Predator taper, if you find the right maker. What you need to understand is that each maker has their own theory as to how a cue should play/feel. Therefore, they will pick a shaft taper which they feel gives the optimum performance when married to their butt. If they get it right...they will garner a reputation for producing consistently solid players. That is not to say that they are not capable of producing a shaft with a taper different than their norm...one needs to only ask. Some will, some won't.

I am not a big fan of the laminated shaft...I feel you are doing a maker a disservice when you don't let them build their cue.

Case in point would be SW....they are known for a very specific type of 'hit'...and have made a very good living so far sticking to those specifications. If you put a lam shaft on a SW...it just ceases to hit like a true SW should hit. Just sayin'...

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