Well, ladies and gents it’s here. The new McDermott low deflection shaft. The iPro has a conical taper to it like some other LD shafts on the market. The shaft played stiffer than the shaft I currently play with. It took a few strokes to see what exactly what it can do. I am impressed by the 12.5 conical tapered shafts. The taper is comparable to the Z series that Predator puts out or the Katana shaft. The construction consists of octagonal splices surrounding a carbon fiber sleeve. Now if that wasn’t enough they have an inner cylinder that is lightweight material. They are exclusively using the Navigator tips and all of this combined makes a smooth but stiff hitting LD shaft. If you are not used to shooting with a conically tapered shaft it will take a little getting used to. I am able to put more backhand English on the cue ball from this shaft then most others once you learn how to stroke it. A lot of people choose to move on from one shaft onto another because they don’t take the time to see what it can actually do. The LD spliced iPro shaft will bring your game to a new level. My only wish is that they offered it in an 11.75mm shaft. The big pin shafts that McDermott chooses to use gives you more of a feel of what is happening with you stroke and shaft. I will keep this shaft in my case. I like what it can do with the trained hands of a good player.
Here is what the company McDermott has to say as they describe their new shaft.
The i-Pro’s Radial Consistency
Radial consistency is the shaft’s ability to reproduce the same results, regardless of its orientation. This means the shaft will perform more predictably from shot to shot. The i-Pro’s Octadic Laminated Shaft Construction, combined with its Triple-Layer Carbon Fiber Core, makes it the most radial consistent shaft we’ve ever made.
Octadic Laminated Shaft Construction
The Octadic Laminated Shaft Construction features eight spliced pieces of premium maple that are bonded together to form our most radial consistent shaft yet. This construction method drastically reduces the performance inconsistencies caused by natural wood grain. This technology maximizes energy transfer from the shaft into the cue ball at impact, allowing you to generate a higher spin rate while hitting closer to center cue ball.
Triple-Layer Carbon Fiber Core
The i-Pro’s Triple-Layer Carbon Fiber Core extends the full-length of the shaft (from ferrule to joint), stabilizing the entire shaft for absolute control and predictability. This technology increases radial consistency, reduces vibration and virtually eliminates the inconsistencies found in a traditional maple shaft.
Navigator Alpha Tip
Navigator Alpha tips feature multiple layers of Japanese pigskin leather that are bonded, then compressed for 3 minutes. This process results in a tip that mushrooms less and provides a firm and crisp hit. The base layers have a different density, allowing them to act like a bumper. This reduces pressure on the tip and helps protect the ferrule.
All in all I give this new shaft a 4 out of 5 Sneaky Pete’s.
Author: Garret Troop
Editor: Shaylyn Troop