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Awesome Billiards Brands Edition (10/23/12)

Howdy PoolDawgians!

Every week, there's a bit of a tendency in these emails to give love to the products and brands that either are new or are well known.  As a result, from time to time there are brands and cue lines that get a bit lost in the shuffle. 

So with that in mind, this week we're talking about some of our lesser known brands.  These are some fantastic cue lines that play great, but don't always get the love that we show to brands like Lucasi, Joss, McDermott and Predator

After you're done checking out these cue lines, be sure to check out the latest article from Samm Vidal-Diep.  This week, Samm has her Halloween mojo on and will be talking about four key ways to handle and control your fears when it comes to playing pool.  And away we go!


Elite Pool Cues

When people hear the brand Elite, the first thing that typically comes to mind is their awesomely popular 27oz break cue.  What most people don't realize though is that this is only one of many cues in the line.

Elite cues (like the one pictured here) make use of some of the most beautiful woods you'll ever see.  Rosewood, cocobolo, tulipwood and birdseye maple are just a few of the woods that can be found in Elite cues.  Plus, every Elite includes a 1 year manufacturer's warranty against defects.

Pechauer Pool Cues

When it comes to domestic custom cue makers, there are few brands that carry the level of respect that Pechauer possesses.  Headquartered in Green Bay Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!), every Pechauer cue is 100% made in the USA from the tip and ferrule down to the butt plate and everything in between.

Jerry and Joe Pechauer are a classic father and son team and the cues they make are simply spectacular.  Plus, every Pechauer cue includes a lifetime manufacturer's warranty against warping and defects. 


Blade Pool Cues

If you're looking for something completely different, you've got to check out the Blade line.  Every model features true steel inlays and butt sleeves as well as Tiger Everest tips, black fiber linen ferrules, black stacked leather wraps and matching stainless steel joint protectors.

Plus, how can you not dig a line with cue names like Shiv, Gut Hook, Death Claw and Ripper?  Every Blade cue includes a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer that covers defects.

5280 Pool Cues

5280 has been around for a while, but has never received the love that other similar brands receive.  We're not sure why, because 5280s are really sweet looking (and playing).  The designs are unique, the inlays are tight, they all come standard with Tiger Everest/Redline tips and even include joint protectors.

What I really dig about 5280 cues though are the feel when you hit 'em.  Every one gives a really nice, fluid feel that gives you feedback with every shot.  Plus, they look super sweet to boot and include a 1 year warranty against defects.


Samm Diep's Cue Tips: Fear Factor

If you're a thespian or musician, the term is "stage fright." For athletes, it's more commonly referred to as "performance anxiety." In pool, we simply "choked" or in this case, "dawged it." No matter what you call it, the affects are the same: dry mouth, sweaty palms, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate, and nervous shakes and jitters.

All these things result in the inability to get the job done. And most sports psychologists would agree that the number one cause of this is the fear of failure. Well, I'm no sports psychologist, but I am here to offer a few proven helpful ways to handle this fear factor...keep reading

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