Jacoby Jump Cue with Extension: It’s Like Shooting a Canon. ~ Ben Zeman {Product Review}

As the founder of the Wisconsin Artistic Pool Player Association, I was really looking forward to reviewing the Jacoby Jump Cue with Extension.

The Jacoby Jump Cue is made in America and has a lifetime warranty for craftsmanship and materials. They come in a variety of colors and have custom colorizing options available. The cue comes standard with a G10 tip and a brass Ferrell to prevent cushioning on impact. It has a Canadian hard maple shaft that features a 10-inch taper to ensure a smooth stroke. A finger grove is added and when using the dart stroke it forces you to grip the cue in the proper position. Both the bell at the base of the cue and the extension are designed to allow the use of an overhand American stroke. They range from 6.5 oz. to 7.5 oz. and are made for short and long distance jump shots.

Before I started my evaluation, I asked my friend Abram Diaz what key elements I should look for when reviewing a jump cue. For those of you who don’t know who Abram Diaz is, he is currently ranked #4 in the world through the WPA for artistic pool and was the world jump shot champion in both 2012 and 2013. He told me the main things to look for are distance, comfort, accuracy and overall presentation.

With that in mind, I took my Jacoby Jump Cue with Extension down to my local YMCA and setup 50 jump shots using the overhand American stroke and then 50 jump shots using the underhand European stroke, also known as the dart stroke. Using the overhand American stroke, I first set the cue ball exactly three ball-widths behind the blocker ball. I then moved the cue ball to within two ball-widths behind the blocker ball. Finally, I setup distance shots using another blocker ball. While using an air bridge and aiming core center, I started my test.