All About Cues

I think most Pro use what they get for free! Wood quality, tip size, and the shaft characteristics will affect how a cue plays. Hi, Nice to see this post. Cue Weight

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Definitely want to replace the current tip in the near future. What should I go for? Which one would you suggest? Or are there other ones which are great too?

My snooker cue tip size is about 9. Are you sure that you want to delete this answer? First thing you have to realise is that there is no such thing as a "best tip". No tip is going to make you play any better or worse than you are, certain tips however will feel more comfortable to play with than others. One tip may suit one player and another tip will to another, Just because somebody likes one type of tip, that doesn't mean that you are going to feel comfortable using it.

I would advise you to start playing with a basic "pressed tip" ie. I don't know why people keep bashing the old faithful pressed tip, you'd be surprised to know how many of the top 32 snooker players still use them. Each have different playing qualities. Laminated tips are tips that have more than two layers of leather glue together. Laminated tips are generally harder than pressed tips, but will usually last much longer. Laminated tips are usually much more expensive than pressed tips.

Laminated tips are sometimes prone to delaminating, layers of the tip separate making the tip unusable. Fitting a laminated tip is a little harder than a pressed tip, due to the tip being so hard, I would recommend trimming with nothing else but a very sharp craft knife or a scalpel.

Pressed tips are single layered tips that have been compressed and shaped. There are some pros and cons with these as well. Pressed tips very rarely last as long as laminated tips.

Due to being more porous than laminated tips, pressed tips are more likely to absorb glue whilst fitting, making the tip brittle when the glue has dried. Pros, pressed tips are much cheaper than laminated tips, are easier to fit and will more than often hold chalk much better than laminated tips. Talisman tips are prone to delaminating in certain sizes, so far I have found that 11mm are less prone to delaminating layers of the tip falling apart. Obviously if your ferrule is less than 11mm you can either trim the tip and shape it, or have a "mushroomed tip".

They are quite difficult to shape, as with most laminated tips, so I would advise trimming using a scalpel or a sharp craft knife and shaping with a nail file. Elkmasters are very soft in comparison to the talisman tips, although they will need replacing more often than a talisman tip.

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How do I use a coin operated pool table? Generally speaking, maple is a denser wood and is harder than ash. If you wanted a maple cue to play like ash, you tend to need a slightly smaller tip diameter. If you had two cues identically built, both with a 10mm ferrule, and you play shots with side spin then you could find the maple throws the cue ball off more.

It would need to be around 9. Ash has a very visible grain whereas maple is more plain to look at and possibly easier on the eye. Stephen Maguire swapped from ash to maple because his stubble used to get caught in the grain of the cue which could bring tears to his eyes.

Lots of others use maple, including Stephen Hendry who won seven world titles and made nearly centuries using a Powerglide Connoisseur. If you play a lot in clubs, you might find that a 9mm or 9.

Most professionals use anything from 9mm to 10mm. John Higgins uses 9. I use between 9. The cue I have now is perfect for a 9. In my view, the best cue makers in the world are in Thailand. They are so well made — the quality of the workmanship excels anything made in Britain, with the exception of a few bespoke cue makers.