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Use Smaller Tip on Cue Shaft Made Smaller from Sanding

Use Smaller Tip on Cue Shaft Made Smaller from Sanding

I have a 2 piece Player pool cue stick with a tapered shaft and a 13 mm tip. I play a lot and I practice even more, and I am forever sanding and cleaning the shaft. I doubt very much that it is the same thickness as it was when it was new.

My question here is: can I replace the ferrule with a smaller tip like a 12.5 mm or 12.75 mm cue tip. And if so, what effect will it have on the stick overall?

I like the stick and I do not want to ruin it. It was 19 oz new. Will doing anything affect the balance?

I don't want to end up behind the 8 ball and have to buy a new shaft since money is in short supply.

Use Smaller Tip on Cue Shaft Made Smaller from Sanding

Replies & Comments

  1. quickshotFenwick on 5/4/2008 9:42:10 PM

    First I'm not sure but I would guess you can. Second could be shaping what was known as a French English taper to your shaft. Kind of a valley near the tip but before the English taper begins. I don't know if that is in fact the correct term.

    Very out dated shape but I thought it was great back then. Late 1950's - late 1960's. @billiardsforum mentioned not sanding or cleaning a Cue shaft in a previous post and to a point I agree. He sighted a Cue maker stating it, the shaft, is meant to absorb your natural oils and get dirty. The problem is if you bridge on the corner pocket you pick up the gummy residue from the rubber, plastic or I would guess dirt from hand oil to smoke stains or food. A good guess?

    One thing I now use instead of sand paper is Mr. Clean Magic Eraser dry or a non abrasive piece of leather or wool. If you have small dents, lightly sand and put a piece of damp toilet paper over the dent and in the morning it will rise up and Mr. Clean, it's a sponge like material, should smooth it out. I too went from dialing for dollars to pounding for pennies due to my fixed income status. In a previous post I mention three methods, products for cleaning a shaft.

  2. quickshotquickshot on 5/4/2008 10:23:16 PM

    Thanks for your suggestions. I will go look up Mr.Clean tomorrow. All this new technoogy sometimes causes us to over look the simple tried and true. What was the previous post. I'll look it up.

  3. quickshotFenwick on 5/4/2008 10:29:58 PM

    Keeping Pool Cue Shaft Smooth Was I right about the gummy on the shaft?

  4. quickshotquickshot on 5/7/2008 12:50:26 AM

    I din't have any gummy stuff on the shaft I think because I clean it everytime I use it. But from the wear it does have a tendency to lose its smoothness. I bought some Mr. Clean today and I will take care of the shaft tomorrow. Actually, I have three suggestions for keeping it clean and smooth, and they all are similiar in nature. I'll let you know.


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Use Smaller Tip on Cue Shaft Made Smaller from Sanding

  • Title: Use Smaller Tip on Cue Shaft Made Smaller from Sanding
  • Author: (Jim Walsh)
  • Published: 5/4/2008 8:57:54 PM