Cueball Deflection and Laminated Shafts
One of the
most common mistakes that amateur players make is to not consistently
strike the cueball on it's center. This produces cueball deflection and
many missed shots.
The latest technology in snooker cues is now available as 1-piece , 2-piece
, and ¾ shaft cues
-Ash or Maple-
The Advantages of
-The shaft can be more flexable without changing its weight or strength , this is important in reducing cueball deflection.
- The strength of the shaft becomes equalized in all directions; As seen in the picture , the regular shaft naturally grows with a grain. The strength of this shaft is unequal , it is more flexable bending with the grain and stiffer bending across the grain.
- It does not matter how the cue is held or where the tip strikes the cueball(topspin , bottom draw , left or right english) the stiffness of a radially laminated shaft will be equal , giving you better control.
Lower deflecting cues make
the game easier.
factors that increase cueball deflection:
Tip size – In snooker tip sizes of 9.5mm to 10mm are good , above 10.25mm will increase cueball deflection. Below 9.25mm the shaft losses its power.
Ferrule type – Although brass ferrules have been the industry standard for many years , this is mostly due to there durability. The softer black fiber ferrules will produce less cueball deflection because the hardness is more similar to wood and the tip can compress more rather than pushing off the cueball quickly.
Shaft tapers – Shafts that are tapered “too stiff” will easily push the cueball off its intended path. Shaftwood density and grain count will determine slight variations in shaft tapers.