The Pool Cue Tip
It almost goes without saying that the pool cue tip is probably the most important part of a cue stick. If the tip isn't shaped right, or it's loose, or even if it isn't chalked enough, you cannot make a good pool shot consistently.
Careful attention should be paid to the cue tip to insure that your expensive pool cue will perform up to its full potential. It doesn't matter if you paid a thousand dollars for that cue, if the tip isn't right, you can't make your shots.
Cue tips are made of compressed, laminated layers of leather. They range in width from 11.75mm to 14mm, with the average being 13mm in width. The tip is trimmed to be the same diameter as the cue shaft.
Cue tips come in different hardness levels. A soft tip will give a more sensitive feel to the shot, while a harder tip will last longer and transfer more power to the cue ball, such as when breaking.
While some tips are screwed on, most are glued directly to the ferrule. The tip is then sanded to a domed shape that is optimum for hitting the cue ball at the desired angles.
for finishing, changing, and repairing tips. One is the tip pik, which pokes little holes in the leather of the tip, that allow the chalk places to collect and adhere to it.
Tip chalk is very important as it gives the cue tip some "grab" on the cue ball, instead of it just sliding off and miscueing during a shot. It is a very sound practice to always chalk up the cue tip before every shot.
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