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Pool Cue Shafts // G-Core & i-Shaft Comparison

McDermott's i-Shaft and G-Core each have their own unique core construction to implement the triple-layer carbon fiber technology. The G-Core's carbon fiber starts at the tip and extends through the first 7 inches of the shaft. This gives it the accuracy and power benefits of a high-performance shaft, but with the familiar feel of a traditional all-maple shaft. Unlike the G-Core, the i-Shaft's carbon fiber starts at the ferrule and continues through the entire shaft, making it the most radial consistent shaft on the market. This minimizes the inconsistencies experienced with an all-maple shaft. The i-Shaft also uses McDermott's Tenon Tip Technology in which the ferrule has a tenon that fits inside of the carbon fiber core.

Carbon Fiber Core

1. Unidirectional fibers
2. High-strength composite fibers for exceptional durability and hoop-strength
3. Ultra-small diameter and unidirectional carbon fiber core
The G-Core shaft technology significantly stabilizes the shaft with a triple-layer carbon fiber core at the front impact area of the shaft. G-Core technology increases shaft stability by 65%, promoting increased accuracy with enhanced radial consistency. The G-Core also utilizes our proprietary CT Technology: a carbon fiber ferrule core that results in greater strength, efficiency and precision.
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Intimidator i-Shaft Construction Intimidator i-Shafts

McDermott's Intimidator shafts give players the freedom to change power and spin-rate to maximize the speed and accuracy of their shot. The patented i-Shaft system has identified the variable characteristics required in your game (Power, Control and Feel). Utilizing their proprietary Intimidator Carbon Energy (ICE) technology, they have designed the industry's most radial consistent shaft to help maintain accuracy at all speeds.
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Radial Consistency

The G-Core and i-Shaft utilize McDermott's proprietary triple-layer carbon fiber core technology to create the most radial consistent shafts on the market. Radial consistency is the ability to reproduce the same results regardless of the shaft's orientation. This means the shaft will perform the same way on every shot. McDermott's high-performance shafts consistently provide a straighter cue ball path, minimizing the need to compensate for spin and throw. The carbon fiber core's stability combined with McDermott's tri-core butt construction gives every cue a solid, consistent feel known throughout the industry as the "McDermott Hit."

High-Performance Shaft Specifications
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i-1 Big Boy Shaft - Starting at $249
The i-1 Big Boy is the most powerful shaft in the Intimidator series. It uses a 13.25mm impregnated hard leather tip that holds contact with the cue ball longer. This makes the i-1 Big Boy ideal for breaking and jumping with extreme control.

i-1 Big Boy Taper • 3/8"-10 joint (standard)
• 13.25mm Samsara Ultra-Hard Tip
• Short Jump/Break Taper

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Samsara Ultra-Hard Leather Tip
• 9 layers of laminated calf skin
• Ultra-hard with cue ball grip
• Break/Jump Tip

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i-2 Shaft- Starting at $249
The i-2 is the most popular shaft in the Intimidator series. Known for its incredible control and consistency, the i-2 is the perfect all-around performance shaft. It is designed for players that want maximum control without sacrificing power and finesse. The i-2 has a 12.75mm tip and comes standard on all McDermott cues $700 and up.

i-1 Big Boy Taper • 3/8"-10 joint (standard)
• 12.75mm Kamui Black Soft Tip
• Pro Taper

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Kamui Black Soft Tip
• High-porosity allows chalk adhesion
• High-elasticity increases grip;
reducing miscues
• Excellent balance between ball control
and spin

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i-3 Shaft - Starting at $249
The i-3 is performance at its highest level. It is designed for incredible spin and finesse. With a 11.75 mm tip, the i-3 is engineered for highly-skilled players who have great control of their stroke mechanics and are looking for more cue ball action.

i-1 Big Boy Taper • 3/8"-10 joint (standard)
• 11.75mm Kamui Black Super Soft
• European Taper
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Kamui Black Super Soft Tip
• Highest elasticity of the Black tips
• Max contact time between the cue ball and tip
• Generates more spin with a lower stroke speed

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G-Core Shaft - Starting at $149
The G-Core is the perfect blend of technology and classic feel. It has the benefits of carbon fiber core technology with the familiar feel of a traditional maple shaft The G-Core can be customized to any of the popular shaft diameters and comes standard on all McDermott G-Series cues $255-$699.

i-1 Big Boy Taper • 3/8"-10 joint (standard)
• 13mm Everest Medium Tip
• Pro Taper
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Everest Medium Leather Tip
• Individually tested for hardness & quality
• Special red layer warns when to replace tip
• Shapes like a hard tip, hits like a medium and controls like a soft

Classic All-Maple Shaft - Starting at $80
McDermott's classic All-Maple shafts are made with the finest North American Grade AAA Hard Rock Maple wood. This shaft is designed for players who want the classic feel and performance at an affordable price. The All-Maple shaft comes standard on McDermott GS cues.

i-1 Big Boy Taper • Solid black ring
• 3/8"-10 joint (standard)
• 13mm Triangle Tip
• Pro Taper
*Custom rings available. Please contact us for more information.

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Stinger Jump/Break Shaft - $110
The patented phenolic tip/ferrule features a "stinger tenon" that projects downward through the ferrule into the center of the shaft. On impact, the shock of the hit travels through the center of the tip and down the "stinger tenon."

i-1 Big Boy Taper • 3/8"-10 joint (standard)
• 13.25mm Phenolic Tip
• Pro Taper
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Phenolic Tip
• "Stinger" stem
• Enormous "Sweet Spot"
• Tip can be shaped flatter than a typical break cue

We recommend that you send in your cue when purchasing a new shaft. This ensures a proper joint fitting and alignment. Without sending in your cue, we cannot guarantee that the shaft will fit or roll perfectly when assembled on your cue.

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