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Pool Synergy Volume 11 “Gear”

Pool Synergy Volume 11

“Gear”

I happen to think that this month’s topic is a fantastic one. It’s something that no matter what we can all relate to in one way or another and binds as a sub culture of a sport. Thousands of people will come to the Super Billiards Expo every march and descend upon each booth that contains cues, cases, and any number of billiard related products and services. One of the biggest questions you will hear asked in a pool hall is what type of cue do you shoot with? This question for me now has a huge meaning as I now am representing the incredible company of J. Pechauer Custom Cues as well as Cue Nine Billiards Bar and Restaurant where I am the Tournament Director, League Operator, and of course House Pro. Both of these incredible companies have provided me with amazing opportunities to better not only my pool game but myself as well. After a few great correspondences with Scott Douglas of Pechauer it was decided that we would be a great fit. I try my hardest to represent myself, these companies, and our sport with honor, integrity, and of course respect not only for my opponents, my sponsors, and of course all fans of billiards. I am very lucky to have the support system I have whether it be Pechauer Custom Cues, Cue Nine Billiards Bar and Restaurant, my friends and family and of course my beautiful loving girlfriend Elizabeth. She gives me the time and space I need to practice seriously for events that I have upcoming and understands the long hours I put in to practice and better my game. She is beyond understanding of my love of the game and pushes me to keep getting better and I can’t thank her enough.

Now on to the good stuff THE GEAR !!!!!

First and foremost I am currently shooting with two incredible Pechauer Cues. I am shooting with a P23 pro line shooting cue that is wrapless and has a stainless steel joint. I have always shot with a piloted stainless steel joint and though I have tried ivory phenolic and wood I always always go back to my stainless steel. I currently use a Le-Pro Tip and I have my shafts tapered down a smidge as I prefer a thinner shaft. The second is a beautiful rosewood power break cue that has helped to transform my break into the powerhouse that it is now. I am averaging one to two balls on the break every time in both nine and ten ball. My Case of course is none other than a 4×8 Joe Whitten Black and White Model purchased at Valley Forge this year as a treat for myself.

Two Christmases ago my beautiful girlfriend  bought me a custom cue from cue maker Bob Frey and I will always love that cue and it will never leave my case. No matter what sponsors I have (who I will always represent to the fullest of my abilities and energies) this cue will always hold a special place in my heart. It is a simple cue but it was exactly what I wanted.

In my case I also have a few tip tools, picks etc. Nothing extravagant or too in depth. I don’t like to work on my tips that much as I am not very good at it lol. I’m a terrible tip shaper. I also currently have a few shaft slickers etc. One problem that I have when I play is that I tend to get very hot and I will like anyone else sweat. My hands tend to get a little hydrated and will stick to the shaft sometimes. I have debated on wearing a glove over the last year but I can’t seem to get the feel for it.

One of the most important things I carry in my case aside from my cues is a measle ball. Its level of consistency and play always get me through some tough matches. There is nothing worse than playing on bad cloth with terrible table conditions and the last thing you want to be worrying about is the cue ball. I have played with some that are way too big (aka Bar Balls) I have played with some that are too light and too heavy. It is nice to know that at any point I can take that ball out and know that I am playing with at least one thing that is constant and more importantly familiar.

Recently I have had a few patches to add to my case. I hate to say this like this but I am a total whore for patches. I love them lol. If i find a company or something that I can get behind and that I believe in I love to show my support. NYCGrind.com’s Jerry Tarantola and Alison Fischer are very good friends of mine and I have to say that is the patch I think I am looking forward to most. Jerry has assured me that there is a shirt with my name on it waiting for me lol. To this shirt I will attach a Pechauer Patch, a Cue Nine patch, and of course the quintessential TAR patch because as we all know they are the nuts and produce some of the sickest videos going in the pool world.

As an aspiring professional player equipment is very important to me. Finding that right balance between style and function is a massive undertaking and I truly believe I have found it in my new cues. My gear is my fall back. I have to be able to rely on my equipment at all times. In the words of Super Mario Brothers you take care of your tools your tools will take care of you (Bob Hoskins not Nintendo).

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September 15, 2010 Posted by | Pool Synergy | 4 Comments