Throughout my pool-playing career I have had the opportunity to play with a variety of low deflection shafts.
This month I was asked by Sneaky Pete Mafia to write a review of McDermott’s G-Core shaft. Since I play with the G-Core on a regular basis, I found my assignment to be rather easy.
In my opinion, McDermott leads the way among all cue makers in high-performance shaft technology. G-Core technology significantly stabilizes the shaft through the use of a three- layer core positioned in the front impact area of the shaft. McDermott’s new technology increases shaft stability by 65% promoting increased accuracy with enhanced radial consistency. The G-Core shaft also utilizes a proprietary CT Tenon technology: a carbon fiber ferrule core, which results in greater strength, efficiency and precision. Carbon fiber extends through the shaft wood and into the ferrule with an additional red colored dampening device to reduce vibration. This results in a stronger ferrule assembly with maximum impact properties and enhanced feedback.
The G-Core’s triple layer design stabilizes the front impact area of the shaft, reducing vibration and minimizing shaft distortion. Its carbon fiber layer increases radial consistency, promoting enhanced accuracy and stability. The G-Core shaft also offers a 12-inch pro- taper.
Over the years, I have discovered that this taper length provides the correct amount of stiffness and stability. In fact, custom cue maker Bill McDaniel, known by many experts to produce one of the finest hitting custom cues made, questioned many professional players on the subject of shaft taper and after many years or research found that a 12 inch pro-taper seems to provide the best playing characteristics.
As for feel, the G-Core has the hit of a traditional maple shaft and doesn’t sound hollow like most of its competitors. Many players choose not to play with a low deflection shaft for this very reason. However, McDermott’s technology produces a solid, crisp hit that is preferred by top players. The shaft also comes standard