Gold Crown IV

Gold Crown IV
FastMikie's Fun House, Del Mar, California

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Longoni Cue Extension

There are many times when you need to stretch to reach a shot, and that's where the normal "mechanical bridge" comes in handy. The problem with the bridge is that you lose a lot of the feel of a shot, and you are standing in an position that is not natural. Your sight line is not normal, you must make adjustments to your aim, and the success rate for shots using the bridge are lower.

That's where this neat cue extension comes in. It fits over the butt of your cue and gives you another 14" or so of reach, while allowing you to use your bridge hand, giving a more natural feel for the shot.

It's too big to fit in the cue case, so it goes in the tournament support bag. Click here to check it out on

(I used this extension twice to good effect in my recent straight pool match win.)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Be careful what you ask for!

Ten days ago a pool shooter called me out. Challenged me! What was so unusual about it was he did it on Facebook, on my birthday, and made the stipulation that I post the result of the match on my blog and on Facebook.

So, I'm just doing my job here, posting the results...

Straight pool, race to 100, final score 100 to 24. Winner: me.

Now that my contractual obligations have been taken care of, I guess I can take this opportunity to mention that I did have one run of 33 balls in that win, which was quite pleasant, especially since I have not been practicing for about 2 years.

Be careful what you ask for!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What's in the case?

Updated as of September 15, 2010 as part of the PoolSynergy project.
For a look at what's in other players' cases, click PoolSynergy.

Cue Case
Made by Jim Murnak
"Vintage" model

Playing Cue

Samsara #1676, 19.2 oz.
lizard wrap

with two Predator 314 Series 2 shafts,

30" with Uni-Lock joint,
with Kamui soft tips

Break Cue

Predator Willie Hoppe Limited Edition

Predator 314 Series 2 shaft, Tiger XH tip
with Limbsaver
18.7 oz overall

(gift from Samm Diep!)

Miltonio signature bridge head
Sir Joseph Billiard Glove

Hand towel (2004 US Amateur logo)
Blue Diamond chalk
Log Book & pen

Shaft cleaner (leather pad)
Ball position marking device

Playing glasses, cleaning cloth, case

Tournament Support Bag:
Longoni Cue Extension
Snacks (Fruit/Nut Bars)
Hard Candies

iPhone 4
Swiss Army Knife
Dental Floss
Personal Business Cards