Originally Posted by canuck
Neil Johnson here.
That was a very thorough evaluation considering the short time you have had with the device. Your experience so far sounds very consistent with a high percentage of players when using the cue for the first time. The fact that you are already getting to grips with it to some degree hopefully means you are already experiencing a relieving of pressure in the grip and a general improvement in the way you feed the cue through your hand when turning back to your own cue.
All in all you seem to be taking the approach required to fine tune and purify your own and very individual cue action. However, there is one thing you mentioned regarding certain types of shots and a feeling of reluctance to commit to them. This has proved to be a pretty common initial reaction for players and is basically your subconscious telling you that the various transition phases in your action are not quite matching up with your intention, ie. cue path doesn't correspond with tempo. Your confidence will of course improve with practice but to speed the learning process up further, you could try playing a series of shots that are currently inside your comfort zone, for example, cue ball and object ball reasonably close together, and using a central area of the cue ball, but play them as firmly as you can without bending the cue. This will help teach you to build up the power that,s needed for certain shots without losing any of the accuracy.
Where top spin, screw and side are concerned, try to develop a greater sense for keeping the energy running through the cues central axis and what you need to do to achieve this. Again, you will find this is also linked to that combination of path and tempo and how efficiently they are working in tandem.
Apologies for the badge problem. This 360 is currently only sold from the one website as the intention was to start off slowly with the product made in England (with very low profit margins) until it could be mass produced abroad by one company. However, demand has been high, forcing the company to temporarily seek other manufacturers. The cue still has the desired effect regardless of manufacturer but getting some of the minor tweaks levelled out under these conditions has proved difficult. In the coming weeks we will have the benefit of a completely standardised mass produced product, allowing us to also distribute from various outlets around the world.
Technical Development Director