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Should the red or black dot be up when you shoot?

A question on the net:

I don’t have a Meucci yet, want one but I thought I heard a while back that when shooting with a red dot the dot should always be up. Any truth to this? Is the black dot shaft better than the red dot? Should the Dot on either one be up? Is the Black supposed to have less deflection?

FL RESPONDS: Yes, according to Meucci’s tests the black dot has less deflection than his red dot and the 314. Both the red or black dot should be up so you can see it when you play. Let me have Bob explain this one to you.


The New Meucci
"Red Dot" Shaft
by Robert Meucci 7/10/98


Ever since the BCA Trade Show, where we introduced the Meucci Red Dot shafts, there has been considerable controversy and misunderstanding, "Just what exactly is it all about?"

The Meucci Red Dot shaft does two main things: First, it guarantees you that this is the latest technology, designed as a result of months of research using our new "Myth Destroyer" robot.

We have made quantum leaps in reducing effective cue ball deflection while increasing power.

Secondly, the new Red Dot shaft guarantees you perfect positioning for consistent and predictable results when shooting with high, low, left or right English or any combination thereof.

In fact, we have so reduced effective cue ball deflection, that we can now boldly guarantee that your new Meucci Red Dot Shaft will reduce effective deflection by an average of at least 7% over the best of any competitor’s brand or your money back!

Believe it or not, our testing has proven that most brands cause as much as a whopping 30-50% more effective cue ball deflection than a Meucci Red Dot 13mm shaft.

What Do I mean by, "effective cue ball deflection?" I mean the resulting change in the object ball’s direction caused by the cue ball being deflected off-course after being struck with side English. We must consider all three forces that occur from the cue ball being struck until the object ball hits its target. In other words, the effects that all pool players need to know about when playing this the most accurate of all games. What else would you measure?

When testing with the Myth Destroyer, we take all three forces into consideration that come into play when shooting a cue ball with side spin. First, we consider deflection, then secondly swerve; which is the curve that the cue ball takes in the opposite direction from the deflected angle, while traveling to it’s target the object ball, therefore, diminishing the effects of deflection some. Thirdly, the throw of the object ball, also adding to the correction or reduction of the effective deflected angle.

It should then be clear, when understanding these three forces, that the more a cue stick spins the cue ball when striking it with side English, the less the effective deflected angle of error will ultimately be.

If we were to test only two forces, deflection and swerve, by merely shooting spots on a board with only the cue ball, we could not aid pool players in improving their game by reducing effective deflection as much as we do. So, it is absolutely critical that we include an object ball in our testing method.

By now surely we all know, that the swerve is caused by an elevated cue. The more you raise the back of the cue, the closer it approaches a masse’. The more level you can keep the back of your cue, the less swerve it will cause.

The Myth Destroyer has been designed to barely clear the table rail by one half of an inch, about as level as you can get a cue without scraping. So, our testing has been performed with a minimum amount of swerve. To test with the cue any more level, we would have to take the rail off the table; of course, this would be of no interest to a pool player who must play with the rails on.

"Perfect Radial Consistency?"
Sorry, it just isn’t so!

Not only did the new Meucci Spine gauge clearly prove that there is no such thing as perfect radial consistency; it revealed that the one piece shafts used by most cue makers have less variation than the segmented or graphite shafts we tested.

As a plus, the one piece shafts had predictable spine positioning.

The reason being that they had a more flexible side, precisely opposite the stiffest side (or spine as referred to in my article, "The Effects of Spine"), and the one piece shafts were equally flexible on either side between the spine side or the most flexible side.

Thus, the second reason for the new Red Dot is to line up the spine of the shaft precisely perpendicular to the table’s surface every single time you shoot. Just keep your Red Dot up and your results will be extremely consistent from now on!

After much discussion, the consensus was that we should place the red dot just 1/2 inch below the shaft joint collar for the benefit of most players. The top players recommended that we place the red dot just four inches below the ferrule, because, as pros, they would be looking at the object ball and not the shaft when pulling the trigger. The first five hundred or so Red Dot shafts that left our factory had the dot placed four inches below the ferrule as recommended by the pros. Of course, these cues will now be collector’s items.

Of course, we expect the other cue makers to copy us with a dot or a line or something else, so, therefore we want to document that, once again, another revolutionary first has been created by Meucci - "the standard of the industry."

Oh, by the way, our fantastic, new, Red Dot shafts are now available for almost every other major cue brand to improve their performance. So, you, the players, are the real winners.

©Fast Larry Guninger, all rights reserved. Published in DC, bpn, czm, upp, ppt, flp, btt.

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Larry became the fastest player alive in 1994, pocketing all 15 billiard balls in just 33.9 seconds, hence the handle " Fast Larry ."


"Larry you are The Great One. The best shotmaker I ever saw." - Ray Martin , 3 time World  Champion and BCA Hall of Famer.