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"
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
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
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.