What Does Peradon's Pro-Line Shaft Actually Do?
Peradon have long been established in the snooker cue industry and have been manufacturing cues in England since 1885. They were also the first company to develop and manufacture cues using the hand spliced technique that we now see on a lot of high end snooker cues.
In 2012 they brought out a new range of snooker cues and a lot of these cues were added at the top end of the 3/4 jointed range. The most expensive cue now in this range is the Peradon Newbury, it is a cue that first the first time features a low deflection shaft specifically developed for snooker. That shaft is the Peradon Pro-Line shaft .
A Little Bit About the Peradon Newbury Cue
Like all of the production models in the Peradon snooker cue range the Newbury is a 58″ (147cm) full length cue. It features the Peradon precision fitted quick-action solid brass joint that is placed 16″ (40cm) from the butt end. The base of the cue is fitted with a secondary brass joint as standard that can accept all of Peradon’s optional extensions.
This cue is the top-of-the-range model and because of this only the finest pieces of African ebony are used to complete the cues. These are hand spliced onto the shaft to create the distinctive look of a hand spliced cue which the four rounded points. These points come from the four separate ebony blanks that are used to create the cue. Before being ready for sale though the cues then undergo numerous sanding and finishing processes that are all carried out by hand to give a very smooth finish.
A Little Bit About the Pro-Line Shaft
The shaft construction means that it offers amazing rigidity and stiffness over a regular cue shaft. It also has the added benefit of very clean The shaft construction means that it offers amazing rigidity and stiffness over a regular cue shaft. It also has the added benefit of very clean lines and evenly spaced chevrons that act as a visual aid for many snooker players when lining up a shot. The shaft itself is made from maple timbers that are cut using patented technology that releases the tension in the timbers before they are laminated together with the walnut inlay sections (the darker stripe in the shaft). As with every cue you do need to treat it with care but another bonus of the Pro-Line shaft is that it is more resistant to warping than a straight ash or maple shaft.
This attention to detail, selection of the timbers coupled with the manufacturing process creates a cue with minimal deflection.
What is ‘Low Deflection’ and what does the Pro Line Shaft Actually Do for your snooker game?
When you apply side spin to the cue ball when playing snooker the cue ball itself will actually not travel dead straight instead it will ‘squirt’ or ‘deflect’ from the straight path. What this means is that you will always need to make minor adjustments to your aim in order to pot a ball using side spin.
Having a ‘low-deflection’ shaft eliminates some of this squirt and the cue ball actually stays straighter. It is impossible to negate the full effect of deflection completely but the Pro-Line shaft will make a huge difference to how straight the cue ball travels when applied with side spin. In response this means that less adjustment is needed and that you ultimately pot more balls.
If you have any experience of using the Pro-Line shaft then please let us know, how do you find the Newbury cue? How has it changed your game?