Some players have thought that a heavy cue would make them break better. Thank goodness, most players have finally been educated to the fact that a light signal is stronger. A fact that’s been repeatedly proven by the Meucci Staff along with other gamers in breaking competitions through the years – ever since I first introduced using a radar gun at tournaments in the early 90’s. The easy fact is that a person, male or female, has limited strength and may only move a specific amount of weight so fast; the heavier the weight, the slower the swing.
The best cue weight to achieve maximum compression and speed until the cue snaps back and sends the cue ball forward is about 18 to 18 3/4 ounce. For most guys and about 17 to 17 3/4 oz. For the majority of women.
What do I mean when I say compression? I mean that in the moment of impact, with adequate speed, before the cue ball goes, the first thing that occurs is the rotating shaft bends away from its spine making an “S” shaped wave which travels through the spotlight as the cue is foreshortened by it is compression, thus loading energy to the cue.
As the inertia to remain at rest is overcome, the cue ball is projected forward by the power of the player’s swing and arm speed and an additional kick against the pre-loaded cue, thus equaling cue power.
The more we could compress the shaft from the moment in which the cue ball is impacted until it leaves the point, the more energy you will grow.
You have seen the exact same type of dynamics in the sport of pole vaulting, tennis and others. It is also applied in golf clubs. Ahead of the extra-whippy fiberglass pole was released in pole vaulting, when athletes only employed a rigid wooden rod, the world record was just slightly over 15 ft high. Within one year of the debut of the fiberglass rod, the world record has been increased a whopping 20 percent to 18+ ft. The rest is now history.
So then, the question would be? How much compression/flexibility need a cue have? In the event that you should take a solid steel bar with no compression and place a tip on it, then you would have difficulty hitting the ball with enough power to bank 3 railings. I know this without question, I tested it myself.
On the other hand, when does a cue get so elastic that it over-compresses and doesn’t return to shape before the cue ball is long gone, therefore losing power? With the use of the Myth Destroyer, our newest testing robot, we have found that optimum point of compression and we now build it into every Meucci “RED DOT” rotating with 10% extra stiffness to permit for dimensional reduction through years of drama. End Result: The most powerful cue from the world with the minimum amount of effective cue ball deflection!
But this significant feat cannot be achieved by simply thinking about the engineering of rotating taper and versatility. You must also consider joint substance, joint design (horizontal face or piloted), joint size, forearm taper, shallow inlays (instead of true spliced points) and solid or 2-piece butts. All these variables have to be optimized to get maximum cue power.
Now then, how can you use this electricity?
First, when breaking the chunks, greater electricity equals increased forward movement velocity.
Second, when hitting the cue ball off-center, there’s a combo of forwarding movement and English velocity (rate of side spin).
Some have stated that too much power or twist equals less management. This, of course, would be authentic for an amateur or weaker player to some degree, however, if they use a low-power cue, they surely won’t have the power if they want it for that 3-rail draw or trace shot.
The error they make isn’t understanding the technology of “percentage-of-tip” position-play.
All really great players break up a draw or trace shot right into as many as 12 different suggestion positions in each area; above, below and left or right of center. They generally strike the cue ball about precisely the same speed whenever possible and let tip position finish the job. If you learn this same technique, it will boost your game tremendously.
Remember, if your cue has restricted power to help you. So, get rid of that heavy cue – lighten up – and perform better!