Just purchased a 314 shaft for my Schon from Joe Salazar's table
at the Derby City Classic. After I got home I knocked some
balls around with it. Here are my initial impressions:
1. Sound. The sound is a lot quieter than with my old shaft.
The familiar "tink" is gone, in fact there is no metallic sound
at all. It sounds like my cousin's McDermott.
2. The squirt test. I couldn't get the CB to spin in place
before I ran out of shaft to pivot from. I guess this means
that it's a lot less squirty than my old shaft, which had a
pivot point of 14".
3. Maximum spin. I put the CB on the foot spot and shot at the
center of the head rail with maximum right. With lag speed, and
using a conventional straight stroke, I consistently hit about
4" to the far side of the side pocket. With my old shaft the
best I could do with a conventional stroke was to hit the point
on my side of the pocket (to my great shame). With a swerve
stroke and my old shaft I could hit the far side of the pocket
by 4" fairly consistently. With a swerve stroke and the 314 I
can regularly hit the rail 8" to the far side of the pocket. I
am getting more english with the 314.
4. More squirt. When shooting the shots in #3 with the 314 I
noticed that the CB was hitting an inch or so to the right of
the head rail's center diamond. With my old shaft, and a swerve
stroke I hit the center diamond dead-on. I could not see any
obvious CB curve to the right with the 314, so I don't know why
I kept hitting to the right of my aiming point.
5. Things that make this unscientific. My 314 shaft is about
12.5mm, and my old Schon shaft is about 13.25mm. The 314's tip
is tighter than a dime radius, and the Schon's tip is right at a
dime. The 314's tip was a little thicker, but my Schon's tip is
only a couple of weeks old so it's still pretty thick.
6. Things that bias the observer. I bought the 314 expectng it
to behave exactly the way it is, except for the noise which I
had no preformed notions about. It is possible that I
subconsciously modified my stroke to favor the 314 in these
Dave <-- Lucky I got out of there with just a new shaft, what
with all the great cues for sale along "vendors row."
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