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Stealth Bomber Edition (7/17/12)

Howdy PoolDawgians!

One of the great things about being friends with a guy who spent 20 years in the US Air Force is that I get to hear little pieces of trivia and factoids about airplanes and stuff.  One of those interesting tidbits? 22 years ago today (July 17th 1989) was the first flight of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Stealth Bomber. 

And what does this have to do with pool you ask?  Well, there just happens to be a very unique line of pool cues that bears the name Stealth.  You know how much I love to tie these fun facts to my weekly sales pitches, so this week we'll be talking all about Stealth cues and their patented Dooley handle technology.

As always, putting up with these emails does have its rewards.  This week, you'll be rewarded with another article from Jennifer Barretta.  This week she'll be talking about playing the percentages.  And away we go!


The Stealth Bomber 

Ok, the official name of this cue isn't the Stealth Bomber, but since it's a break cue, it's black and totally badass, I'm calling it that from now on.  Here's what you need to know about this beauty.  It's 25oz, so if you like 'em heavy and don't want to break the rules in your league, the bomber will get'r done.  

The tip is leather instead of phenolic, so you'll get a little more control over the cue ball.  And of course it has the Dooley handle so you don't have to worry about slipstroke.



Stealth Skulls Cue

I gotta say, I'm lovin' this pool cue.  Not only does it have the supersweet Dooley handle, but it's also absolutely covered in skulls.  And you all know how much I love skulls.  Even the joint protectors (which are included btw) have skulls on them.

As for the playability, like all Stealth cues, the Skulls cue has a really nice, solid feel to it.



Stealth Pink Flames Cue

Now this one isn't exactly my speed, but I think that has to do more with the whole xy chromosome thing.  That said, this is a really nice looking cue.  The inverted white flames over the pink forearm look totally sick and the pink rings are a really nice touch.

As with the other Stealth cues, this stick features the unique Dooley grip and includes a free set of matching joint protectors.  




Stealth Tribal Ghost

If it wasn't for that skulls cue I mentioned previously, this one would absolutely be my favorite Stealth design (if I was playing favorites, which of course I'm not, as it would make all the rest of the cues feel bad).  What I really dig about this cue is that crazy face on the sleeve.  

I'm not sure if the designs in the forearm and sleeve are tribal or ghosts, but they're pretty damn cool.  It sort of reminds me of Rorschach's mask from Watchmen.



Jennifer Barretta - Playing the Percentages

A phrase that is often heard in the pool world is that you have to play the percentages. What is often left out is what that means. At face value, of course that means that you should take the shot that you are most likely to execute, but how do you know which one that is? After years of playing and competing I can probably give you a little insight into what should go into your decision making process so you can play your own percentages and choose the shot that will give you the best chance for success.

So how do you figure out your percentages? You could set up all sorts of shots 10 times and keep notes on how many times you make it, but I doubt this would be helpful. Pressure and how you feel from day to day will affect your success rate. A simpler way to know your percentage is to feel it ...keep reading

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