Billardwarehouse Jump/Break cue (3rd generation)

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Billiardwarehouse Jump/Break cue (3rd generation)

Upon receiving the BW Jump/Break cue($159), my first impression was that it looked nicer than the picture on the website:

https://www.billiardwarehouse.com/cues/bwcues/bw_jump-break-cue.htm

The cue looks darker than in the picture--not so red, and the finish looks really nice. The BW Jump/Break cue is unique in that it comes with two shafts: a break shaft with a hard leather tip and a jump shaft with a phenolic tip. I decided that I wanted a break cue with a hard leather tip after reading on azbilliards that phenolic tips can put small smiley face cracks all over a cue ball. The BW Jump/Breack cue is also a three piece cue, which allows you to unscrew the short butt section and employ a dart style technique for jumping.

The day after I received the BW Jump/Break cue, I took the cue to my local pool hall. On the first break, I crushed the 8-ball rack and spread the balls all over the table. I have to admit that I didn't have as much success on the rest of my breaks, but I chalk that up to not hitting the head ball square and not spending much time racking the balls.

I've been playing with a house cue, and I wondered how much different the hard leather tip on the BW jump/break cue would feel compared to a house cue's tip, so I started playing with the BW Jump/Break cue along with the break shaft. I loved it! It is so much nicer than a house cue. The break shaft is glassy smooth and the taper is much better for playing than a house cue: it's thinner and not as conical, so I could stroke the ball better without the cue getting jammed in my closed bridge on a long follow through. Too bad the joint isn't a 3/8 x 10 modified pin, then I could use my OB Classic+ shaft while I'm waiting for my OB butt to be refinished.

At one point, the cue ball was hooked behind my opponent's ball, so I unscrewed the short butt section to hit a masse shot, dart style--probably the third time I've ever tried to hit a masse shot and never dart style. It worked! I managed to curve the cue ball around the blocking ball and roll the cue ball the length of the table and hit my ball and drive it to a rail.

I haven't tried the jump shaft with the phenolic tip yet. I'm a beginner jumper, so I need to find an old piece of felt that I can place on the table to protect the table's felt before I practice jumping.

The cue really looks good under the table lights, and both shafts rolled perfectly straight both together and apart, so nothing was warped. Great cue!
 
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