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Shaft diameter?


Shaft diameter?

Hi I've been looking for a new cue and generally they are 13mm, how big of a difference does it make to go to something that is 12 mm?

Shaft diameter?

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  1. ChigerMitch Alsup on 4/28/2009 2:58:29 PM

    First, there is the diameter of the tip {from 11mm through 15mm} Then there is the taper {Conical through Straight} Then there is the wood (architecture).

    Old style was that the wood is a continuous cross section throughout. Some modern shafts have the center drilled out for lower tip-mass and lower deflection. And then ther are different kinds of wood {Rock maple, birds-eye maple, and purpleheart} with different stiffnesses, densities, balance points, and the ability to stay straight for decades.

    A conical taper is stiffer than a professional taper which is stiffer than a european taper which is stiffer than a straight taper. So taper, rather than tip size, is where most of the tradeoff between tip size and stiffness takes place.

    Now, once the taper is set, stiffness is a cubic function of shaft diameter. So a 13mm tip with the same taper as a 12mm tip will be about 27% more stiff. Thereby, it does not take a lot of reduction in the tip size to significantly alter the stiffness of a shaft. However, going from a conical taper to a professional taper will yeild about 20%-ish loss in stiffness when the tip size remains the same.

    Overall, this is not a mathematical/physical kind of problem, it is a feel kind of problem. And you need to feel a few hits with a stick in your hand to figureout if your hand is going to enjoy the experience or not.

  2. Chigerguest on 5/1/2009 10:10:41 AM

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Shaft diameter?

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  • Published: 4/28/2009 1:14:01 PM