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|Shaft:||29" Hardrock Maple 10-12" Pro Taper|
|Warranty:||1 Year Manufacturer|
|Weight Adjustable:||Yes, with the Action Weight Bolt|
Lots of BANG for the buck
This is a well priced break/jump cue and it replaced another Action break cue that was stolen from my car. It's also a wonderful tool and it's beautiful too. It takes a while to get used to the very hard tip but once you are dialed in you can send rockets to the rack!!!! Chalk it well and fire. You won't be disappointed
I really wanted to try a phenolic tip when I bought this cue. I wasn't disappointed with the hit.
I can crush the balls on a break. I need to make sure you stay close to center ball hit with a phenolic tip, and chalk the cue, because its like hitting the cue ball with a rock. Its easy to misscue otherwise. Its funny to watch other people try to use it to break after they see me use it because you have to practice with the cue a bit before bringing it to leagues to break.
The cue jumps balls awesome. Where I could jump partial balls with my regular cue I can pop over full balls six to eight inches away no problem fairly consistently. This cue made learning to jump balls fun and easy.
Sadly it warped on me a bit within the first year. I didn't store it perfectly but I did have it in my case with my playing cue and my viking is fine. So store it well.
The phenolic tip isn't just glued on its binded on with some wrap material to the ferrule. So getting your tip to stay on the cue wont be a problem and it has a shiny pattern graphics to it. I only say this because I have tried to glue a phenolic tip onto a cue before and several different glues wouldn't get the tip to stay on a cue. Worth saving yourself the time and effort to get a ready to go phenolic tipped cue than try to put one on yourself.
Big Bang for Little Bucks
I'll start off by saying I give this jump/break a 4 out of 5 only because I'm extremely picky about everything.
I picked up this cue two years ago because I couldn't get enough power from a leather tipped break cue and I wanted a jump cue. This fit the bill perfectly. Whatever phenolic is used for the tip must have come from superman's planet, because it won't chip/crack/break. In the two years past, I've had custom cue makers' phenolic one piece tips splinter and crack before the action tip would. Action must use some super formula for their tip. Anyways, the shaft and butt construction are well built and for sure solid. My one little complaint, and reason why I gave it a 4, is that the finish used on the shaft was quite "sticky" in a sense, similar to what's used on a fiberglass/composite shaft. It's hard to explain, but I don't think sanding it helped. It's worth a try for how cheap it is. You could go out and buy one of the other J/B's advertised in the same price range ( I've used them ), but I can attest that this cue was built with quality in mind.
I've been shooting pool for years now, but I've always struggled with the break (probably because I had to always rely on stupid house cues for breaks). Whenever possible, I used to elect for my opponent to break because I was so insecure about my own breaking ability.
A little over a month ago I bought the Action ACTBJZ just as an experiment to see if anything changes. To be honest I wasn't really expecting much, seeing as the ACTBJZ is one of the cheapest break cues you can find.
At first I was having a bit of difficulty adjusting to the cue, because the feel of a phenolic tip is just so different compared to a leather tip (and the absence of a wrap on the butt also adds to the difficulty). But once I got used to the feel, my breaks improved like you wouldn't believe. As any professional player would tell you, the break is the most important shot in a game of 8-ball or 9-ball. So in combination with my new Fury RP-6 playing cue, I have been breaking and running racks all over the place. I still need to figure out the jump shot, but I think it is safe to conclude that the Action ACTBJZ has added a whole new dimension to my game. Highly recommended.
Release the Crack-in'!
I'm very happy with this jump break cue. Nice and tight connections between all three parts. My breaks have improved dramatically, and I love how solid the cue feels on the stroke. The phenolic tip is nice and hard, works great. I was surprised how nice the wood looks on the cue, very pretty. Couldn't be happier, would recommend to anyone. Beginner or Pro, this will definitely improve your break. Incredible value. I've spread the word about PoolDawg, and will continue doing so! Keep on rockin!
Great Cue for the Price
I had never used a break cue before (other than a bar cue)I was happy and surprised at the difference a decent break cue makes. It hits hard without allot of extra effort. Every one on my team uses it now for breaking and everyone can see and feel the difference.
Its also a jump cue (again something I have never used)and of course jumping a ball is not quite as easy as breaking but with a little practice can be done.
All in all a great cue for the price works well and looks great too.
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