Ultimate Pool Challenge Review 11/02/2011Mike Massey's Advanced Series Ultimate Pool ChallengePurpose The second edition of the extremely fun and popular Ultimate Pool Challenge game offers 52 more challenging shots for hours of entertainment. In this new Advanced Series BCA Hall of Famer and World Trick Shot Champion Mike Massey challenges you and your opponents to master an array of shots that are sure to advance any players abilities. You can play this new deck of pool cards in the original or the new Texas Hold 'em version. User-friendly I’m still a huge fan of the concept of a deck of training cards and how simple and fun this can be. These cards can be played as easily or as challenging as you want them to be. Just draw cards and try the shots or follow the suggested game. Your choice. Comparison This is the sequel to the original Ultimate Pool Challenge game which was also a great product. Level Intermediate to Advanced I wouldn’t recommend this product for complete beginners. Appearance Again I love the packaging and the concept of a deck of cards! Each individual card is beautifully printed with full bleed with very clear illustrations on the table layout. Players can keep these cards in their pool case and take them anywhere. My students love them and it’s always a great one to pull out at my monthly clinics when we don’t have a specific agenda. Price / Value Retail price: $24.95 PoolDawg price: $19.95 Depending on what your objective is it may seem a bit pricey. However if you think of it as purchasing 52 drills or shots in the form of a small convenient deck of cards that can easily be carried around in your pool case then it could be worth the 20 bucks. Gripes My gripes are very minimal. Some of the illustrations and explanations are a bit vague. Perhaps many of the shots are left up to interpretation since this is the advanced version. Also the point value for some of the shots seems a bit off. Many of the extremely difficult shots were worth fewer points than some of the easier ones. Maybe this was built on Mike Massey’s strengths and weaknesses?I would recommend this product to a friend.
Cue Ball Tracker Review 11/02/2011Cue Ball TrackerPurpose The Cue Ball Tracker™ is an adhesive indicator that attaches to your cue stick to help identify the exact path of the cue ball after it contacts the object ball. User-friendly I will not lie. It will require some practice and getting used to before getting the hang of the Cue Ball Tracker™ but once you learn how to use it properly and remember that it’s there it’s really quite effective and in many cases even a lifesaver. Comparison There are various methods of holding out your cue or fingers to find your tangent line or rolling ball path but this is the most simple and precise system I’ve seen so far. Level Players of all levels can benefit from Cue Ball Tracker™ but I believe it’s ideal for the Intermediate/League-player. Appearance Nothing fancy. It’s just simple and discrete. Price / Value Retail price: $14.95 PoolDawg price: $9.95 At first it seemed like a lot of money for a little sticker that just applies to your cue but the tool is with you where ever your cue is. You don’t need to pull it out of you case or forget it at home it’s always there and it’s very effective. So for that reason I deem this product a good value. Gripes I’ve been informed that my only two gripes are currently being addressed. First I found the stickers to be slightly thick and a little distracting. Version 2.0 will be much thinner and less noticeable. And second the packaging could be a little greener. They are working to resolve this as well.I would recommend this product to a friend.