2/27/2014 11:19:39 AM
I'd like to get some thoughts on people's experience with G-core shafts. The concept seems compelling to reduce deflection, but I've never played with one.
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- BilliardsBill on 2/27/2014 9:57:32 PM
I've tried most of the after market shafts that claim to be low deflection and I did not particularly care for the McDermott G-Core. If you want a good low deflection shaft that has the feel and hit of a solid hard rock maple shaft, but still has good low deflection qualities, get an OB Classic shaft. It isn't as cheap as a G-Core, but it's not as expensive as a Predator 314-2, so at around $200.00 it is a pretty good deal as far as low deflection shafts go and you might be able to pick up a nice used one on ebay for less. However, you don't see too many of these on the secondary market because most people who have one don't want to sell it, so if $200.00 is an amount you can afford, you should probably just purchase a new one.
- Bravo Shot on 2/28/2014 7:33:52 AM
I am new to the high(er)-end cue discussion, having played my whole life on Dufferin house cues, so I don't think my question was properly posed. I intended to get feedback on the cues in general, not simply shafts. Is the G-Core technology good for cues in the $200-$500 range, or do people who have tried a number of different manufacturers prefer others, and why? I am interested in what differentiates the performance of cues in this range. I just completed (or mostly) my first pool room. I've played my whole life, but never with a cue that cost more than $100. So I am trying to learn how cues in the higher price range differ. I have focused on the G-Core because it seems to make sense that carbon fiber would reduce flex at impact and absorb some shock and represent an improvement over pure wood.
- BilliardsBill on 2/28/2014 3:40:27 PM
I've owned a lot of cues over the years including McDermott cues with the G-Core shaft, McDermott cues with hard rock maple shafts and McDermott cues with I-2 shafts. Some of them cost me under $100.00 and some of them were close to $1000.00 dollars. What I found after spending a lot of money and time on McDermott cues is that there are a lot of cues out there other than McDermott that helped me develop into a better player because of the balance, feel, feedback and hit that was, well, in a word, better than McDermott cues regardless of which of their shafts and regardless of how expensive they were. I ended up selling ALL of my McDermott cues and I will never waste my time on another with one exception. I would give an older McDermott cue a chance, but it would have to be one of their B or C models from the eighties. There is something about those older ones, the hit is much more solid and the balance much better than the ones that they produce today. That said, I simply avoid them because there are much better choices, especially if you have four or five hundred to spend. My choice would be a Schon cue. Even the less expensive Schon's are fully cored and use the same shafts and ferrules as their more expensive models. The more expensive models are simply fancier looking, not better shooting cues. Anyone who knows cues will tell you that a Schon is a much better choice than McDermott and there is nothing wrong with the shaft that they come with. You can always invest in a low deflection shaft after you get a feel for your new cue. Most pros do not use low deflection shafts and a good hard rock maple shaft like you will get with your Schon is more than adequate.
- Title: McDermott G-Core
- Author: Bravo Shot (S. Carney)
- Published: 2/27/2014 11:19:39 AM