Slick as a whistle, no dings, warps or shaft maintenance and they dont get smaller over the years. They also hold their value well. I dropped mine pretty hard on the Sharpe edge of a formica table the other day and it bounced off it several times without a scratch. Plus it hits and draws good. For me all that works.Interesting that the KO brothers use Southwest Cues with standard maple shafts. Their games are pretty sporty. Go figure?