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Cue tips range in quality, make careful choices between tips

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A hot tip!

Pool cue tips range in hardness and widths besides material composition. Learn what pool professionals consider in this, their most important investment--the cue tip!

The cue tips are "where the players' action is" during billiards shots. This small, rounded area must contact the cue ball precisely!

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Several hours of play to try different tip hardness levels

Here's How:

  1. From cue stick to cue stick, cue tip width varies greatly, so using your custom cue each session means producing more consistent aim and shotmaking. Your cue is added insurance you'll use a quality tip, since house cues often have tips needing repair.

  2. The best tips are made of leather. Widths vary from 11 to 14 millimeters in diameter, although some extreme examples are found outside this range. Most players are comfortable using cue tips of 12 or 13 mm.

  3. The leather surface (or its inexpensive substitute, compressed fiber) lets the tip compress slightly at impact, remaining on the cue ball for fractions of a second and imparting spin to the ball. After the hit, the tip springs back into shape, ready for the next shot.

  4. Soft tips lose their semicircular shape over time. Many professionals, therefore, choose hard, durable tips for their cues, unless they have a strong preference for a soft tip--and someone they can visit weekly for tip adjustments!
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