On the lighter side;
I lived in the Philippines for 2-1/2 + years back in 1977.
The conditions at the pool & billiard parlors were unlike ANY establishment
in the USA. I frequented a few of the parlors (some other than pool &
billiards, but that's a completely different NG!) & used a few cues off the
The best cues that were available were the ones that had the smallest head
of the finishing nail protruding from the dead center of the tip that held
Do you think that maybe this is one of the reasons why Efren plays english
so well? Try practicing NEVER contacting the cue ball with the center of the
tip for 5 or 10 years! You'll either give up or give weight!!!!
Oh, did I mention the splintered cues with NO ferrules or tips? Try that for
These conditions are no problem for them! It's a way of Pool & Billiards
So the next-time you're in the Philippines, go off the un-beaten path, back
into the Barrios & find yourself a cozy open-air pool table. Grab yourself a
broomstick & take on one of the locals.
And remember, U.S. dollars are accepted graciously & take up a lot less
space in the pockets of the Philippino pool player - the conversion rate is
approximately 45 to 1!!!!
> what difference will one see in squirt, solid hit, ability to do english
> , power shot and draw shot when one uses a hard tip as opposed to soft
> tip . .
> Efren Reyes I was told uses a Elk master tip which is considered a soft
> tip. Im not sure if this has something to do with style of play which
> is finnesse and also the fact that he prefers a heavier cue. of about
> 21 oz and 12mm shaft almost straight for 15 or 16 inches. In fact when I
> asked the sports shop here in Philippines they say more people buy Elk
> master. Maybe this has something to do with idolizing Efren but then
> agian maybe it best suits the style of play of many Filipinos.
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