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(10/1/21) Rolling along, just received the NEW Koda Bull carbon fiber shaft and it hits!
I was SUPER EXCITED to receive a Bull Carbon Fiber Shaft this month, for a couple of reasons, yet mainly because it is yet another well constructed carbon fiber shaft that proves that NOT JUST NAME BRAND PRODUCTS ARE THE BEST QUALITY OR PERFORMANCE. With that said, I hope most people understand what I am stating here. The Bull CF has 1mm thick carbon walls, which they state surpasses all other competitors in durability (Keep in mind it is feel thing). The Bull Carbon comes in two shaft diameters, 11.75 and 12.25, and is available in a variety of joint styles and ARE INTERCHANGEABLE!! Yes, you can change the joint to fit your most popular cues. This feature alone is key for individuals who have many cues with different joints and yet want to mix and match shafts quickly and not sacrifice the integrity of the feel (Because yes it is a feel thing) or performance of their cue.
On a side note, when my shaft arrived the joint was slightly loose and the manufacture did not ship me the tightening tool. I was worried at first yet after speaking to my rep from Koda I was told that by simply tightening the shaft SLOWLY to the butt end of a cue and gently locking down the shaft, the pin insert will tighten and lock. Low and behold it did and has not loosened since. I was truly impressed.
This shaft comes with a black plate featuring a thin white Juma tip pad equipped with a standard black Kamui soft tip.
THE FEEL: As quickly as I chalked this shaft up, which I placed on a low end Koda butt end, I proceeded to take shots and I have to say that the shaft felt amazing! Furthermore, the fact that I tested the shaft on a low cost entry level Koda butt end proved that shaft performance and quality is everything for SOME players. I know this web site may sound redundant at times, yet one has to realize that to describe a shaft and the performance and feel is best by comparing to what is already out in the market and popular. So here goes, screw everyone if they can’t appreciate the honesty which is our opinion.
The Bull carbon is more forgiving than a Revo, slightly less rigidness than the Mezz Ignite, slightly less than a Jocoby Black yet more rigid than a Muecci Carbon Fiber Pro or the Pinacle and Defy. The feel has a rigid hit yet more solid than most other CF shafts BUT THE DIFFERNCE BEING MORE LIKE A GOOD QUALITY WOOD SHAFT.
Now think about that last paragraph for a moment. Most shooters have not had the luxury of shooting with a traditional GREAT playing Southwest, or even a good Schon or Joss cue or and have not played with a good Dale Perry, Eddie Cohen, Ariel Carmeli cue and my point is that the new CF shafts actually come close and to some feel as though they surpass the for mentioned products at far less cost.
I love that it was a little more rigid than most yet not as harsh-rigid as a Revo. The Bull has feel and life that takes on its own if you want accuracy and a hard hit but also favorable if you like the old school wood hit. This carbon fiber shaft is a step up your game shaft without the “Having to adjust” that all my Revo owners admit to. It is crazy to me that one would purchase a shaft that they SHOULD have to adjust to. Pool is text book in terms of theory and physics and we all have been shooting enough to know what is right and what is wrong and short of a few bad habits one should be able to shoot consistently and accurately if they are proficient. Therefore, a carbon fiber shaft is simply a better tool that should allow one to shoot more consistently and more accurately. I feel that the Bull carbon does just that if compared to standard wood shafts or older products that do not incorporate technology or craftmanship that make the tool a better product from a performance stand point. The Bull carbon fiber is a great tool for the price!
In terms of deflection, we all know that all CF shafts delivery less squirt and better accuracy and it is like splitting hairs to compare data, at the end of the day ALL CF shafts are a different animal with features that allow you to be more consistent and hopefully more accurate if you follow the laws of physics and have good form and stroke. Ball speed and ball control are key yet we find that most people pick up the CF shafts and just play better. Call it placebo effect or call it voodoo, just don’t call it a waste of money as I have not had to do maintenance or deal with wood problems of the past and seeing my accuracy and numbers go up is simply the proof in the pudding.
So in a nutshell the Bull really has a great hit and when it comes to drawing the cue ball across the table of dropping the cue ball on a dime for positioning the Bull CF shaft is a great choice and in my opinion probably the best choice next to the Mezz CF.
Be what it may, my best advise is to find a shop and compare. There are too many nuances that are too difficult to breakdown if you are not proficient and really at the end of the day it is about personal preference and personal feel. Find a dealer that carries the koda Bull and try it out you will not be sorry!!!!
REMINDER AND COMPARISON – Spartan CF shafts also have interchangeable joints!
LAST POST FROM 8/21/21
A lot has happened since the return of businesses, bars, bowling alleys, billiard halls and restaurant businesses. Billiards is happening and people are playing pool!!! We were dormant yet working in the background and have lots of new products and information to review and share.
The big news is that there are more NEW carbon fiber shaft products available now and we have not received ALL of the new products from ALL of the new manufacturers. I have UPDATED versions of first generation shafts and I have personally tested and have played with them first hand so I have much to share!! We are also adding CARBON FIBER CORE technology wood shaft products that we have reviewed such as the following:
NEW POST (8/10/21)
Hey there, I just received a Lucasi Pinnacle CF to review ($495.00 Retail):
So let’s get down to it. Immediately I have to say as I rolled and inspected the new Pinnacle 12.5 Uni-Lock, it looks like a Revo, smells like a Revo and to some extent as I took a few initial shots it felt like a Revo.
The etching on the base of the shaft is very reminiscent of the Revo, the etching appears strikingly familiar. The matte finish when tilted in the sunlight has a iridescent like look that fades as you tilt it and you can see the outer weaves that diminish upon tilting towards light, it is a clean and consistent shaft at a glance.
The feel is smooth and favorable as with most CF shafts. The taper is what Lucasi refers to as a Low-Rise pro taper and they claim that this is an ultra light construction shaft (??) which weight in at 4.1 ounces.
I chose to review the 12.5mm as the skinny CF shafts in this class are all over the place with respect to feel and CF ratings. I’ll elaborate more down the road in other review sections as I plan to create matrix and data analytic section for the various shaft diameter products.
Lucasi notes that there CF shaft has a Polyurethane foam core and the hit feels solid and true. I have to say that I initially thought it would hit as hard as a Revo yet it is slightly different, literal and the feel is that of a high end custom in my opinion ( I know I’m perhaps being a little too forgiving with this statement). None the less I have to note that the Everest tip does contribute to the hit and those of us who prefer softer tips (Consider the Kamiu Soft masses) may agree with me that it is a bit harsh in terms of the last mile feel. Yes I am being a bit cryptic yet honest if you can read into the universe with my reviews.
In a nutshell, I did not feel as though I had to adjust other than throttle back to get a feel for the characteristics of the shaft. After taking a few familiar test shots I determined that like the Revo, this shaft has to be respected as it is a literal shaft and there is not much room for tomfooleries. Now take that statement and reflect for a moment. Many of my Revo peers told me that initially they had to get used to and adjust to the Revo shaft and this always sounded strange to me. I don’t understand the reasoning with people who are proficient shooters feel that there is a benefit to picking up a new tool and having to change their years of experience to ADJUST to become more consistent or accurate with a new product. In other words, there are many CF products out there and if you try them all you will find that they all have subtle characteristics and slight differentiating qualities, good characteristics and bad. YES I SAID BAD. Well be the judge for yourself.
In summary, the Pinnacle feels rigid, smooth and to my surprise has a very traditional hard wood like hit that I feel most will be pleased with UNLESS you compare to more forgiving CF shafts that are much like more forgiving wood shafts of the past. Make it what you will. I give the Pinnacle a thumbs up for being a solid latecomer to the CF party, and for not being totally similar to the Revo, in fact I cannot wait to chop off the Everest and place a more forgiving tip to see if the characteristics of the Pinnacle change dramatically. Peace!
Champion EXII and S5 I-Tech Wood with carbon fiber core shafts
I recently received an EX shaft in the skinny conical tapered configuration. I have to admit I have not tried many of the carbon fiber core shafts, and I was surprised at how rigid and favorable this shaft felt. The joint was a uniloc pin and the butt end I used was not what I typically shoot with so it was a bit of getting used to. In a nutshell, the hit was solid and although not as responsive and rigid as the CF shafts. I felt that from a feel stand point the maple wood was smooth and forgiving yet I would be somewhat afraid that it would dent and ding easily as do most multicore shafts, yet I don’t believe this is the case. More soon!
WHY THE SITE? I have been asked over and over which shaft has the least amount of deflection and after speaking to literally hundreds of customer, reading endless reviews, watching hundreds of video reviews I have come to the conclusion that although a great question, understanding how and why you would need the least amount of deflection is what you should be asking yourself. In other words, does your playing style require that all the time? Most players who are proficient, accurate and consistent still shoot center ball and their articulation is very precise and therefore the more important question is what carbon fiber shaft feels most forgiving or best in your hands based on how you shoot.
UPDATES: Since the last big update I have had the opportunity to test the following items and will be reviewing comments soon:
WHY CARBON FIBER?
– Carbon Fiber shafts are true low deflection, less than what wood low deflection shafts claim
– Low amount of front end mass which decreases cue ball squirt
– The stiffness of a carbon fiber shaft is a more efficient hit compared to wood or most traditional maple or hard rock maple shafts
– Less vibration feel
– Less stroke speed is required to get the same ball speed and english when using carbon fiber.
– Carbon fiber shafts are ding and dent resistant
– Carbon Fiber does not expand or warp with heat and weather change.
– Consistent feel of the shaft surface, does not require sanding or burnishing
– Chalk does not build up and stain as with traditional maple shafts
The new theory that is really old theory:
So as I delved into the carbon fiber world and embraced the products I have to admit that I, being a traditional shaft/cue shooter was a bit skeptical that the carbon fiber shafts were holy grail or worth the investment. This has been a journey and as technology evolves and the world changes overnight things occur and sometimes we take advantage of it and sometimes we let it roll past us. Needless to say I not only embraced the technology yet I jumped in with both feet because it was obvious and the benefit was there for “ME”. Not everyone will agree that they need it.. does everyone really need a Prius or a Tesla, no yet those who can afford the luxury and the advantages are investing and enjoying the technology.
Conversely, or should I say more importantly I have found something in myself, in my philosophy that was drastically needed. I found that going back to traditional ball articulation, ball speed and minimal stroke with methodical execution will give you the best results with the carbon fiber shafts and most low deflection shafts in general. I have to admit I was always a hot dog, overshooting and being an arrogant shooter. The carbon fiber shaft has given me the opportunity to evolve and reinvent and revisit my skill set and improve. I believe that in itself was worth the investment as I am shooting better and more consistent than ever. Peace and Love!
If you would like to demo, try out a carbon fiber shaft and are in the Northern California Bay Area drop in to California Billiard Supply. They have inventory of carbon fiber shafts and cues in general. They are billiard supply store and pro shop for pool and other gaming goods.
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