by Marlon Bernardino
History remembers the war, not the caliber of guns nor the brand of ammos. A similar standard applies in billiards where people remember the exploits of their heroes, not the tools of their craft.
Fans can talk about the greatness of Efren “Bata” Reyes, his impeccable shot-making and high game IQ. They can do analysis of Jeffrey “The Bull” De Luna’s deep run at this year’s U.S. Open and break down his superb breaking game. But only a handful can talk about the cue sticks used by the top pool players.