How it plays:
~ Predator cues have a medium hit due to the stainless steel piloted joint and a longer taper
~ The Predator 314 shaft dramatically reduces cue ball deflection and helps less experienced players move quickly through the learning process. In fact, the majority of beginning or intermediate players notice an immediate improvement in their game when they use a Predator.
~ Predators ferrule (Pat. 5725437) and internal bore (Pat. 6162128) reduce the shafts tendency to buckle on impact and allow the cue ball to push the shaft aside instead of the shaft pushing the cue ball off line. Predator's technology makes it easier to hit what you're aiming at because it shoots straighter.
~ The pure transfer of energy in a Predator produces less vibration and gives the player a solid and positive feedback. And better feel leads to better control.
~ Predator's unique 10-piece construction produces a straighter cue with a more consistent flex than any traditional one-piece shaft.
~ Predator cues and shafts are used by over 50% of the top 40 ranked men professionals, 3 out of 5 top women professionals, and over 35,000 competitive players worldwide. None of these players are paid to play with their Predator cue.
~ The patented Predator 314 shaft is the result of two years of research and development. It is designed to increase accuracy and reduce cue deflection for both the professional and beginner pool player.
Overview I do love me some turquoise, so you can imagine how happy I was when I first laid eyes on the new IKON 4.
The ebony wood and the Micarta inlays are nice, but the real deal here is the turquoise. Because of how strong the look of turquoise is, you need to show restraint when using it and you need to set it against an equally strong color. Inlaying turquoise against ebony with the white Micarta is absolute genius. As with all IKON cues, you also get the black leather Luxe wrap and the low deflection 314 shaft.
How it Hits: Firm
Tip: 12.75 Tiger Everest Tip
Shaft: 314 2nd generation shaft, 29" long with a 15" pro taper, spliced hard rock maple
Collar: Black with Silver Ring
Joint: Stainless steel
Forearm: Gabon Ebony with turquoise and micarta inlays
Ring: Nickel silver rings
Wrap: Black Leather Luxe
Sleeve: Gabon Ebony with turquoise and micarta inlays
Plate: linen based white composite stamped with the "Predator" logo
Bumper: Black rubber