November 2, 2014
I was a bit skeptical about the technology behind this shaft. It's a wood stick - just how complicated and advanced can it be? I already had a McDermott G-Core shaft - how much better could a predator be? All my friends have been getting OB shafts, but I have always heard the predator name for years and always felt curious about it.
So I finally splurged. I like tiger everest tips, so I left that on there (same as my g-core shaft). I'm an APA skill level 6. While I'm not an expert, I know the basic fundamentals of the game pretty well. I'm aware that a shaft isn't going to make worlds of difference in a player with bad fundamentals, or even a seasoned player. And this predator shaft doesn't make worlds of differences. But it DOES do something.
1. Based on what I've experienced the past month, this shaft is high quality. If something goes wrong, you can feel assured that it isn't the shaft's fault. It's YOUR fault. That's a good thing, because it eliminates those feelings of doubt that impede your practice and improvement. You can stop asking yourself whether it was the cue's fault or your fault, and instead fix the mistake yourself next time.
2. It really does seem to squirt less. When I used english with my g-core, I got somewhat used to the deflection altering my aiming path a good bit. I seemed to suck a lot of the time. With the predator, I had to spend a little while adjusting to it NOT altering the cue ball aimed path as much. So I learned to just trust the cue more, and now I'm getting more consistency and confidence in my shot making. Yes- I feel pretty sure that this shaft alone is to thank for my improved shot-making. I'm still not perfect, but like I said, I know it's not the shaft's fault now, and now I know what I need to do.
If you got the dough to drop on a $250 wood stick that will make your shot making with English a little better, then this shaft is definitely a good choice. I'm satisfied.