When Allan McCarty and Steve Titus initially began their pool cue research, their main goal was to understand the physics of the pool cue in order to improve its performance. They designed a robot named Iron Willie that played a key role in their research. Iron Willie was able to hold all variables constant and reproduce a consistent stroke and therefore allowing scientific and quantitative analysis of different cues and technologies. This enabled McCarty and Titus to understand how different materials and constructions contributed to performance. Thus began a continuous innovation process and search for the ultimate playing experience.
The first key finding was that maintaining accuracy is difficult when it comes to putting English on the ball. The reason?
Cue ball deflection which pushes the cue ball off your line of aim. The 314 shaft and later the Z shaft technologies were developed to reduce this variable, making the game easier.
Our researchers are relentless. New ideas and revolutionary concepts are continuously born at Predator. Numerous patents have been granted and exciting products are always on the horizon.