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Viking V101 Cue vs. McDermott G201 Cue?


Viking V101 Cue vs. McDermott G201 Cue?

Help me compare a Viking V101 cue with a McDermott G201 cue...

I have started playing in an APA league and need to get a stick. I've done a lot of research online and have narrowed my decision down to either the Viking V101 or the McDermott G201.

I am looking for suggestions between those two. Anyone played with the G-Core stick that can tell me if it's worth the extra $40 over the Viking? Not looking to become a 'pro' or play at tournaments (I just really enjoy playing) and probably won't be able to test one out before I buy; will just get it online.

Viking V101 Cue vs. McDermott G201 Cue?

Replies & Comments

  1. AlphaMaleFenwick on 1/31/2012 11:32:02 AM

    I own both brands. I've shot with the G-Core shafts and like them. Don't own one as my player is a Viking with a Z-2 shaft. I use my McDermott D series as my break cue. Having said that I would go with the McDermott. Also if it doesn't break the bank get a extra shaft. When I say extra shaft I mean a second G-Core. If you ever need a tip replaced you would be S.O.L. Don't know if it's wise to break with a G-Core? Also, with McDermott if you need a new tip you pay the shipping, around $27 round trip and they refurbish your shaft and put on a new tip. Make sure the warranty card is sent in! JMHO.

  2. AlphaMaleAlphaMale on 1/31/2012 12:41:04 PM

    Well, just the cost of the McDermott alone was more than I was looking to spend ...but would pony it up if the G-Core was really worth it. I'm just a casual player and only shoot once a week. I'm leaning toward that stick now though with everything I've read online so far.

  3. AlphaMaleMitch Alsup on 1/31/2012 1:34:14 PM

    As to your first stick: Consider it to be a write off. There is no way to impart the knowledge you need in your head to keep dings, dents, and scratches off the cue. So after 3 months it will carry the scars of war, after 6 months only a few more, and after a couple of years, you willl have learned how to prevent your cue from suffering such abuse. This is the time to put $$$ into the cue you want for a long time. So, the first cue is a write off.

    As to your game: being new on the scale of pool players, you are able to get used to the way any stick plays. So asking insightful questions about who likes this shaft, that tip, some ferrule material is all well and good. But the differences are so subtle that you might not even be able to tell. A couple 5 years down the road, you will have developed teh feel necessary to beable to tell.

    As to V101 versus G201; Being a beginner, there are plenty of cues down in the $60-$100 range that would suit you just as much as either of those. {And I happen to come from the school that does not like cotton wraps on my cues.}

  4. AlphaMaleFenwick on 2/1/2012 9:42:21 AM

    Had he not narrowed it down to the Viking and the McDermott I would have suggested a Sneaky Pete of a Player cue.

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Viking V101 Cue vs. McDermott G201 Cue?

  • Title: Viking V101 Cue vs. McDermott G201 Cue?
  • Author: (Scott G.)
  • Published: 1/31/2012 7:36:21 AM