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So what's big hubbub about? Outside of selling points listed, Stinger boasts quite a promise for performance including a patented tip/ferrule technology, and a special tip material.
The patented tip/ferrule technology used by Stinger makes use of a "stinger" that projects downward through a hole in center of ferrule (imagine a thumbtack). Upon impact, shock from hit travels through center of tip and down stinger, passing energy of impact straight to center of shaft, as opposed to ferrule.
The tip material used by Stinger was developed specifically for purpose of break/jumping. It is a high-performance proprietary material that DOES meet Billiard Congress of America's specifications for jump/break tips. The tip material and ferrule material are, unlike Sledgehammer, separate components. The tip/ferrule combination used by The Stinger promises a hit that sends shock down center of shaft by means of Jerico Cues patented technology.
Ordering information for new Stinger jump/break cues can be found on following page: http://www.budgetcues.com/jerico-stinger.htm
Philip Downen has had many years of history in Billiards, and has recently taken to blogging and running a billiard ezine at http://www.billiardblogged.com/ .