Below is an example of what they are like.
2nd Generation Predator Extra Z-Shaft
NEW SECOND GENERATION PREDATOR SHAFTS Tip: 12 ¾mm Tiger Everest Tip, medium. Tip: Z-shaft 11 ¾mm Tiger Everest Tip, medium. Ferrule: Polymer developed by predator especially for its stiffness and hardness. It is approximately 6/10″ of an inch long. Ferrule: Z-shaft Polymer developed by predator especially for its stiffness and hardness. It is approximately 4/10″of an inch long. Shaft: 10 radial spliced hard rock maple pieces. 15″ pro taper, 29″ long. Shaft: Z-shaft 10 radial spliced hard rock maple pieces. Euro taper, 29″ long. Collar: black proprietary plastic. Joint: Standard 314 shaft joint is Uniloc set in a solid phenolic core. Joint: Standard Z-shaft joint is Uniloc set in a solid phenolic core. Pin Sizes available for 314 shaft: 5/16 x 14″, stainless steel, 5/16 x 14 w/silver ring, 3/8 10, Unilock, Unilock w/silver ring, 5/16 x 18. 30 inch length also available. Pin Sizes available for Z-Shaft: Unilock, Unilock w/silver ring, 3/8x 10″, 5/16x 14″ w/silver ring, 5/16 X18.
Predator cues have a medium hit due to the stainless steel piloted joint and a longer taper. The Predator 314 shaft dramatically reduces cue ball deflection and helps less experienced players move quickly through the learning process. In fact, the majority of beginning or intermediate players notice an immediate improvement in their game when they use a Predator. Predators ferrule (Pat. 5725437) and internal bore (Pat. 6162128) reduce the shafts tendency to buckle on impact and allow the cue ball to push the shaft aside instead of the shaft pushing the cue ball off line. Predator’s technology makes it easier to hit what you’re aiming at because it shoots straighter. The pure transfer of energy in a Predator produces less vibration and gives the player a solid and positive feedback. And better feel leads to better control. Predator’s unique 10-piece construction produces a straighter cue with a more consistent flex than any traditional one-piece shaft. Predator cues and shafts are used by over 50% of the top 40 ranked men professionals, 3 out of 5 top women professionals, and over 35,000 competitive players worldwide. None of these players are paid to play with their Predator cue. The patented Predator 314 shaft is the result of two years of research and development. It is designed to increase accuracy and reduce cue deflection for both the professional and beginner pool player.