This is another extremely high quality cue that incorporates some unique construction techniques and technology. But before we break down what makes this cue special, let’s make sure it’ll fit you as a player. Players Technology Series HXT15 pool cue comes in 18 to 20.5 variations. So you shouldn’t have any issue finding your prefered […]
This is another extremely high quality cue that incorporates some unique construction techniques and technology.
But before we break down what makes this cue special, let’s make sure it’ll fit you as a player.
Players Technology Series HXT15 pool cue comes in 18 to 20.5 variations. So you shouldn’t have any issue finding your prefered weight.
It’s 58 inches long from tip to butt.
It comes with a glue on 12.75 mm shaft, which you can expect to result in a bit more english than your average pole.
It comes with a kamui black soft tip, which has a hardness factor of 72.3--quite soft.
The kamui black is an excellent professional-level tip which we were surprised to find included with a stock model. You’d usually need to buy a tip this quality and attach it yourself.
You’ll end up needing to do that anyway, since tips require regular replacement. Find replacements and more firm alternatives here.
Is the extra soft tip a problem?
Maybe, but not necessarily. It depends on your preferences.
Here’s what to expect from the tip:
You’ll have more control than average, but less power. A soft tip also grips the cue ball well, so you can also expect some extra english there, as well.
In testing we found between the thinner shaft and soft tip this pole did provide excellent english.
What’s it made out of?
This cue goes above and beyond where it matters.
The materials of the shaft are hand selected from 100 percent top-quality North American hard rock maple. This proved to add a good amount of durability in tests.
The forearm uses walnut stained birdseye maple, which adds an element of class to the style.
It looks gorgeous in person, which other reviewers have noticed as well.
The maple is treated with a nelsonite wood stabilizer to protect against environmental changes. And an epoxy finish protects the cue from any warping due to moisture.
The joint is stainless steel. It was nothing special, but we didn’t find any issues with it.
I know, I know, I said there’d be tech...
The furrel in this cue is really outstanding and adds a lot of value without raising the price tag too much. This is due to the newly created HXT low-deflection technology inside the furrel.
This furrel adds a really nice extra punch to the cue, while also increasing accuracy.
That’s hard to do.
It works by incorporating a patented deflection absorbing core, which is then wrapped in a second layer of low-deflection material.
This technology really puts the Players Technology HXT in the same league of much more expensive cues. That being said, in testing, it didn’t reduce deflection quite as well as the full shaft technique of the Lucasi custom cue that took first on this list.
Cue and case, the parent manufacturer, covers this cue with a lifetime warranty that covers warpages but not tips.