May 25, 2015
I have several McDermott cues and every shaft McDermott makes; more importantly, I shoot with them regularly. My 2011 and 2013 Cues of the Year, COTY for short, came with McDermott's top of the line Intimidator shafts; however, my recommendations follow a budget, because not everyone can afford a $250 shaft. That doesn't mean a player has to sacrifice quality by choosing a less expensive option. The first 7 inches below the tip are McDermott's Intimidator Shaft Technology designed to reduce deflection and more accuracy.
I'm 56 years old and I've shot pool for as long as I can remember. My parents always had a nice 8 foot table for us to play and learn on. It strikes me as odd that most young players don't know what deflection is, but they all know they want to reduce it. The G-Core shaft reduces deflection greatly without reducing your wallet to nothing. If, you have a McDermott cue and want a great shaft that reduces deflection and provides greater accuracy, then this G-Core is the perfect shaft. These shafts come stock with an Everest tip made by Tiger and they are a medium to firm medium tip in my opinion. I highly recommend upgrading the tip to a Soft Kamui tip or a Kamui Super Soft tip; especially, if you have a hard stroke, most young players do, or if you want to have much more cue ball control. Kamui tips are standard equipment on McDermott I-2 and I-3 shafts, but they are also medium tips.
My recommendation is purchasing a McDermott G-Core Shaft with a Kamui tip and, if you have developed a good stroke, have the shaft radius turned down to 12mm. Be sure to get a Kamui tip that has a clear bottom layer to it. The original Kamui tan color or black tips with a clear bottom layer hit about the same on this G-Core shaft. I'm extremely satisfied with my G-Core shafts by McDermott. I hope the information here is helpful to you.