What's The Word On The Stinger Jump/Break Pool Cue?
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Article Title: What's The Word On The Stinger Jump/Break Pool
Author: Philip Downen
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The recently released Stinger by Jerico Cues is distributed by
the National Billiard Academy and manufactured in the USA by
Jerry Powers of Jerico Cues. It is claimed by the
aforementioned distributor that it is "The World's Greatest
JumpBreak Cue," and has been a recent hot topic in the industry
by both consumers, as well as professional players.
What are the selling points of the stinger?
1) The stinger has two quick-release joints, which can be
considered extraordinarily convenient for a jumpbreak cue since
you've already got an extra joint that you'll need to fool
around with occasionally when making your jump shots. Time
efficiency... That's what I'm talking about. Aside from that,
who wants to get carpal tunnel while playing pool?
2) It comes in a variety of different exotic woods: bocote,
cocobolo, purpleheart, and ebony. The Stinger can also come at
a little lower price as a "sneaky pete" version that makes use
of maple wood. I happen to find the exotic woods very
appealing. Many jump/breaks I've seen tend to be a little plain
looking, but with the fabulous finish on these cues the wood
really looks good. Which brings me to my next point... the
3) Jerry at Jerico Cues has developed quite an impressive
finish that looks fabulous AND protects and seals the wood from
the effects of moisture and dirt. It seals to a depth of about a
millimeter over the whole cue, allowing it to have a great
glossy look to it.
4) It is currently being used by multiple pro players around
the world including: Mike Massey, Kid Delicious, Tony Robles,
Jennifer Barretta, Ronnie Wiseman, Chris Lynch, Edwardo Roldan,
Bill Meima (2004 World Jumpshot Champion), Sarah Ellerby, Randy
Whitehead, Billy Banks, and Lynette Horsburgh (UK Snooker
So what's the big hubbub about?
Outside of the selling points listed, the Stinger boasts quite
a promise for performance including a patented tip/ferrule
technology, and a special tip material.
The patented tip/ferrule technology used by the Stinger makes
use of a "stinger" that projects downward through a hole in the
center of the ferrule (imagine a thumbtack). Upon impact, the
shock from the hit travels through the center of the tip and
down the stinger, passing the energy of the impact straight to
the center of the shaft, as opposed to the ferrule.
The tip material used by the Stinger was developed specifically
for the purpose of break/jumping. It is a high-performance
proprietary material that DOES meet the Billiard Congress of
America's specifications for jump/break tips. The tip material
and ferrule material are, unlike the Sledgehammer, separate
components. The tip/ferrule combination used by The Stinger
promises a hit that sends the shock down the center of the
shaft by means of Jerico Cues patented technology.
About The Author: Philip Downen has had many years of history
in Billiards, and has recently taken to blogging at
http://www.billiardblogged.com/. If you're interested in more
information on jump break cues head on over to
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