Jacoby Ultra Super Pro 11.8mm
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Jacoby Ultra Super Pro 11.8mm - 07-07-2020, 08:25 AM

Let me start by saying, at 70 years old, Iím decidedly ďold school.Ē Iíve been using solid maple shafts, and compensating accordingly, for over 50 years. Naturally, with all that time, my compensations are largely subconscious. And Iíve been perfectly happy doing that with my cherished Southwest cue.

But I tried a few different carbon fiber shafts other guys at the pool hall have had and started quizzing the guys who use them. As well, watching Shane and others shooting lights out with them. Must be something, right? So I read up on some I didnít have the opportunity to try and tried those I could. Eventually, I settled on a Pechauer Rogue. I will say, it performed well enough, but it felt dead to meóvery little resonance or feel. The more I used it, the more that deadness bothered me. So I got rid of it. Then I bought a Jacoby Black. This shaft, though nearly identical to the Rogue in appearance (same taper, finish, etc), but offered much greater feel. This shaft sounds and resonates like an instrument. I loved it immediately.

Iíve had a nice Schuler cue thatís been sitting around collecting dust because I hate the shaft it came with. I considered getting a Black for it, but didnít want to invest that much money, and I wasnít even sure it was available in a Schuler joint. Then I noticed on Billiardwarehouse.com they had a Jacoby Ultra Super Pro with Schuler joint for less than 1/2 the price of a Black. I called the store and spoke to the owner, Gregóa super nice guy!óand he said I could return it if I didnít like it. Three days later I had it.

The 11.8mm shaft has a conical taper, akin to a billiard shaft, and very similar to the Predator Z3. I was pleased to note it slid through my bridge very comfortably. No issue at all with the comical taper. Itís quite stiff, which I loved, because itís reminicent of my Southwest shafts. Despite the small diameter, itís fantastically stable. It has a unique sound that I quickly came to like. It has resonance and feel. I had no trouble at all getting used to the small tip diameter. I loved the precision, actually. But itís the physical performance of this shaft that blows me away. Something about it instills confidence. It seems to do exactly what I want. I donít get surprises like excesses of spin Iíve found characteristic of some CF shafts. The most confounding thing is its lack of deflection. I have a standard test I use on all shafts to assess its deflection properties. I put a ball on the far middle diamond of the long rail, and shoot diagonally the length of the table from the corner pocket. I use maximum inside English with a hard stroke. For a normal, solid shaft, I would have to aim full ball, allowing for over 2Ē of deflection (squirt). It took me half a dozen tries before I realized the Jacoby Ultra Super Pro required no compensation. None! But I kept setting it up and drilled every one without compensation.

Granted, I only have a few hours with this shaft, but I am dazzled. That you could buy two of these for the price of one CF is astounding. Therefore, I canít recommend it strongly enough. Incredible product.


Cue: Southwest (1992) 6pt cocobolo, Hoppe butt style, birdseye front.
Case: Flowers 4x2
  
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