Well, looks like Iíve got the only warped Predator shaft I've ever heard of.
I first noticed it a few months ago when I was down on a shot and thought the cue looked crooked, so I would just rotate it until it didnít look so crooked. This actually happened many times since then. I truly thought maybe it was just the way I was seeing things Ė like the grain or something Ė and it was an optical illusion that I was seeing.
Well, I finally recently took a minute to look at it and itís warped just like a big bow! Not a small warp at the end like Iíve seen before, but a big bow along the whole length of the shaft! I sighted down it and saw this, so I unscrewed the shaft from the butt and sighted down each of these. The butt is straight Ė the shaft is warped. This is confirmed again by rolling each piece on the table. Thereís no doubt that the shaft is warped big time.
I have no reason to believe itís not a manufacturer defect, like one bad green wood splice piece that finally shrunk and took the whole shaft with it. I care for my equipment properly. I do not leave it in a closed car in 100 degree weather or in freezing weather. I do not leave it in humid places, nor do I leave it standing against the wall nor do I leave it anywhere under any adverse conditions with any weird forces weighing against it.
The shaft is almost two years old. About six months ago, I acquired a different cue that I use to play with, but have continued to use the old (warped) shaft as a practice cue several times a week.
I know thereís nothing you can do to help me. I just wanted to let you know that Predator shafts do warp for no reason sometimes (well, and maybe I was hoping for a little sympathy...)
Is there any value in a warped Predator shaft, like maybe collector value because itís a unique one-of-a-kind item that you canít find anywhere else? Or is it relegated to the expensive firewood category? Iím beginning to wonder, now, how much of my aiming problems are because Iíve been practicing with a warped shaft! Thatíll certainly instill a bit of inconsistancy, eh?