Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Molinari Revolutionizes the 3-Cushion Game with Predator Technology!

Molinari (TM) brings to market a brand new line of professional 3-cushion billiard cues that feature the revolutionary Predator 3142 3C shaft - engineered expressly for carom games. The cues are being endorsed by none other than, many time World Champion, Torbjorn Blomdahl.  Two out of the top five ranked professional players in the world, Torbjorn Blomdahl and Sung-Won Choi, have switched to a Molinari to take advantage of the new technology.

Revolutionary Ball-Striking Performance

There is a stark difference between a Predator 3142 3C shaft that comes with a Molinari cue compared to any other carom shaft: ball-striking performance. This performance is achieved through a revolutionary design that balances the mass and flexibility of the billiard shaft in a way that corrects aiming distortions due to deflection across a wide range of billiard strokes. The result is a playing advantage that is measurable and immediately demonstrable.

This is a dream piece of equipment for 3-cushion billiards - a game where applying, often extreme, amounts of sidespin with accuracy is of paramount importance for success. This cue makes a difficult game less stressful, easier to learn, and more fun to play, like no other cue ever invented. You owe it to yourself to try this groundbreaking cue. Available NOW!

"Draw shots are easy to achieve and masse shots work very well. But most of all, the absence of deflection makes it possible to shoot hard with lots of english without missing the hit." -Torbjorn Blomdahl

#1 World Ranking: Feb 2013

How does it work? Within its core, inches behind the ferrule, is a mechanical design that specifically controls the effects of cue stick deflection*.
The Predator 3142 3C unique shaft construction involves a controlled removal of material within the center of the first several inches in the shaft. This precisely alters its mass and flexibility to balance a (standard-mass) carom billiard ball's sensitive reaction to it - which is particularly pronounced when struck off-center.  In combination with the conic (straight) carom taper, Predator engineers have been able to simultaneously achieve low-deflection while maintaining the 'backbone' and strength that are mandatory for the power-strokes players often need to apply.

The secondary component of technology that Predator pioneered (and many manufacturers have attempted to copy) is a radial-lamination shaft construction which addresses variable deflection due to cue rotation. The effects of this sensitivity are small, but still measurable in the lab.  This construction eliminates your need to worry about these inaccuracies while you play while simultaneously addressing the problem of warpage.
So the Predator 3142 3C shaft, contrary to simply being an arbitrary wooden implement for striking balls, is a fine-tuned playing instrument that has been mechanically engineered to maximize control of a standard-weight carom ball and minimize ball-striking errors.

*Deflection, or squirt, is an unavoidable aiming distortion that is primarily linked to the relative masses between the ball and the tip-end of the stick. For a better general understanding, watch this well-articulated introductory video (pool example, but still relevant):

Now Available!

As an early contributor of Predator's foray into carom cues, I am proud to be able to offer them at HighRock Productions, here on this site. They are shown here and are available immediately for purchase:

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