Phat Line technology is based on using a wider shaft than we use in standard snooker shafts. Most snooker shafts will be 9.5mm — 10 mm at the tip. Phat Line gives you a massive 11.75 mm at the tip.
How does Phat Line improve your break building?
The sweet spot for a cue ball is dead centre. If a player could strike the cue ball dead centre every time this would increase the player’s pot percentage significantly. When the cue ball is struck off centre the deviation is greater because a degree of side spin impacts on the cue ball. This means the greater the distance between cue ball and object ball the greater the chance of deviation and missing the pot thus driving your percentage pot ratio down.
A good example being, if as a training exercise you were to place the cue ball in the jaw of a corner pocket on a snooker table and strike the cue ball with the view to potting the cue ball in the opposite corner pocket, the player would endeavour to strike the cue ball dead centre to avoid any unnecessary deviation. A reasonable player would hope to pot the cue ball 9 out of 10 times (a 90% success rate).
If the same training exercise was again carried out but this time striking the cue ball slightly off centre (unintentionally applying side) the pot percentage would drop to around 3 out of 10 (A 30% success rate).
The main reason the pot percentage drops is because when unwanted side is added to the cue ball the degree of difficulty increases and therefore the pot percentage overall decreases.
UKBiz.TV production team filmed Mark Selby talking about PHAT