Mc Dermott – To be or not to be..? G-Core Shaft Review 2009,
So after 34 years of highly original precision tooled craftsmanship, can McDermott now celebrate a cue shaft that performs at the highest level of professional competitiveness?
Jason ‘The Lone Wolf’ Lawrence intends to find out.
The manufacturing process is one that few pool players should concern themselves with but for me it is reassuring to know that the best CNC Turning Centres and Baking Rack systems are the norm when it comes to the applied engineering of any McDermott Cue Shaft. But with the G-Core one can’t help but feel that additional CADCAM techniques have been applied. So what are they?
The Hard Rock Maple is beautiful, handpicked to where the dowels are turned 4 times to 1000th of an Inch to stabilise and ensure a ‘True Roll’ to maximise playing ability. All this employed in every single shaft? Can only be the McDermott promise.
So what does the new G Core shaft have to offer? Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up.
1. Joint Selection
McDermott again offer a wholesome selection of shaft joints which are tailored to suit the need of every player. I went for the McDermott quick release to determine how far this type of technology has travelled.
Most players rarely notice the difference of feel no matter which joint they play with. However, professionals will explain that the metal to wood joint option is always the best for feel. What I noticed when playing with the quick release joint is that it does not offer the same solid consistent feel for every shot as a metal to wood joint does. Conclusion; if you are buying a complete new cue then the joint option to go for is the Radial Pin or the 3/8 x 10 as they are second to none.
The enhanced radial consistency of this shaft can only be described as awesome; this was designed and made with only one thing in mind and that is maximum comfort of feel, grasp and stroke. The hard rock maple is a beautiful to touch making your playing experience one to remember and never to forget.
2. The Business End
The Carbon Fibre extends through the shaft wood and into the Ferrule with an additional damping device to reduce vibration. The result is a stronger Ferrule assembly with maximum impact properties and enhanced feedback.
Function Vs Form
Playing a professional pool match at 9am is no mean feat. I guess it’s like trying to stay awake through ‘Prime Ministers questions’ in The Houses of Parliament. But this is the reality of professional sport and we get on with it. So the last thing on our minds should be our equipment. In this situation the G Core comes into a world of its own. Like a Ferrari engineered to drive fast, so too is the G Core engineered to be played. The cue ball never
lies as it always informs us of the spin placed on it, I mean, how many times have we played a slow roll shot only to see the cue ball deflect its intended path? Low deflection is probably the most concerning criteria for any Pool Billiards player of any level when purchasing a new cue shaft.
What can I say..? …go to www.mcdermotte.com see for yourself and buy the G Core. It’s a simple answer to a complex question, but this is what great designs bring. We don’t question the Knife we just spread butter with it. I found this to be true of the G Core.
Never should I have thought that this Pool Billiards Gargantuan, McDermott Cue Manufacturing Inc. would apply and fuse together both ‘Nu Skool’ Technologies with ‘Old School’ original principles. McDermott Cues have moved on; have you? That is the question.
1. How should the user condition the Everest cue tip? Scuff with any shaper when needed, keep a nickel or dime shape per your digressions–this is a low to no maintenance tip—avoid burnishing side walls with an all in one tool.
2. What is your recommendation for future re-tipping? replace with Everest tips at any cue repair shop, any tip glue will work with this, preferably tiger brand, sand the bottom of the tip with 80-100 grit before gluing, red line wear bar needs to be closer to the ferrule, when cutting the tip down and shaping use very sharp tools.
3. How does the red layer system work? When you get down to the red ware bar from shaping the tip, it is time to consider replacement, not necessarily required, it is up to the player’s digression. When you get to low, you may damage the ferrule if you miss-cue,, as you get down in leather layers there is less cushion due to less leather which could change the feel of the hit ,yet playability remains the same as does the consistency of the leather density.
4. Your recommendations of general G-Core maintenance? keep your tip shaped to a nickel diameter and well chalked, use McDermott renew shaft cleaner and conditioner to clean ands stabilize the shaft, keep in a hard case if possible for maximum, protection to avoid being crushed or dented, keep away from high humidity, avoid extreme temperatures changes front hot to cold, use mcMagic to get back to a smooth slick shaft.
Comments made courtesy of Larry Liebl, Vice President of Manufacturing of McDermott Cue Manufacturing Inc.
To purchase your G Core Shaft or find your nearest dealer go to www.mcdermottcue.com