Does a Low Deflection Cue REALLY Make Sense?
I’ve been looking to upgrade my cue and doing a little research on the best cue to buy. When I start googling, immediately the low deflection cue information pops up and there is discussion about why low deflection cues are best. As a little background, I’m an engineer (practicing for 20 years) and a not great, but solid pool player (I’m a 7 in the APA, but don’t play as often as I’d like any more and not as consistent as I used to be). So I understand the mechanics and physics behind the game, understand the laws of conservation of energy and momentum and how they apply to these essentially elastic collisions, and why and how things interact the way they do when the line of action passes between their centers of mass… or not. My question is why exactly is a low deflection cue supposed to help overall? I see a lot of talk of how it reduces deflection from say… an inch to… a half inch (this was mentioned specifically on Predator’s site). Once squirt and deflection are happening to a shot you’re playing, why does the magnitude matter? Whether it’s an inch, a half inch, or a quarter inch, you have to aim somewhere other than where you want to hit… and if you don’t properly account for it then you will miss the shot. I can see getting closer when you miss with low deflection cues, but why would it mean (from a mechanics perspective and probability perspective) that you will pocket balls more reliably using a low deflection cue? Is there something inherently easier or more reliable about adjusting your aim by 3/8” vs 3/4”?
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