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Hard or Soft Pool Cue Tip?

Hard or Soft Pool Cue Tip?

I recently had to replace a tip on one of my favorite cues, due to mis-cue and not holding chalk. Another player (from Ireland & cambodia) recommended I switch to brunswick soft tips (Not available in my town in Thailand).

All I had was a soft tip of no brand, so far its holding chalk well, and shoots with better control.

Just curious as to what other forum members think?

Hard or Soft Pool Cue Tip?

Replies & Comments

  1. thai_shooterFenwick on 11/29/2007 8:07:18 PM

    What matters is what you like but sense you asked I like a softer tip but use the harder pro tip as they last longer. I use a pick to help the harder tip hold caulk better rather then the file like tool that roughs it up. If I could find the tips from the old days that were 1/4 inch long made I think of a rubber compound or a softer leather I would go back to a soft tip again maybe. They lasted forever and you could get supper draw and follow. I have been reading where players use too much English anyway so that is my new mind set. I will try less is better and see.

  2. thai_shooterFenwick on 12/12/2007 10:39:34 AM

    Back to hard or soft tips. My equipment needed to be refurbished. Had a 2 shafts with a slight warp on 2 Cues, another with a few dings and a 3rd that needed the but end rebuilt. So I ordered a new custom cue with two shafts and dropped the others off to be repaired and customized. One shaft I ordered slightly smaller and a softer tip and the other with the hard tip, Le Professional. I found the soft tip will mushroom down rather fast and I will need to replace it in a few more months. The harder tip held shape better but I had some trouble holding chalk until I found the right tool. I hope I'm not violating any rules by giving the name here. It's called The ULTI<>MATE Cue Tip Tool. It sure is the best tool I ever owned for tip maintenance. In the past we used all kinds of methods to customize our tip including making small cuts with Razor Blades. If you do get the above mentioned tool read the instructions all the way trough before using. So now I will own 5 Cues 1 McDermott D Series, 2 Vikings, 1 old and 1 new, 1 Viper Jump Cue and 1 unkown with mother of pearl inlays and I will have 8 shafts from 11 mm - a whopping custom 18 mm shaft I had made in the 70's. Now I just need to work hard on my game. FYI the only reason for having so many Cues is one of them is a one of a kind and there is some semimetal value to the others. None of them are worth more then $500 not counting extras but the memories are priceless.

  3. thai_shooterFirework on 5/19/2008 6:43:36 AM

    I'd like to add some to the Fenwick's post. I have also hard "Le Pro" tip on my Kruger Gold Serie cue. I use "willard's tool" for the tip to hold chalk - simple and effective. I like it a lot!

  4. thai_shooterOldShooter on 6/22/2008 8:51:53 PM

    We get people in the store all the time that want a 'soft' tip so they can put more english on the cue ball. They just don't understand that if you have a properly shaped and well chalked tip the hardness is not that much of a factor. A proper stroke and follow through is what does it.

  5. thai_shooterquickshot on 6/22/2008 10:18:50 PM

    I'm happy with a med-hard tip. I have to stick it every now and then with the pick, but it has held up great. Having read oldshooter's post all I can say is "Amen."

  6. thai_shooterblackmantis24 on 7/1/2008 11:55:34 AM

    i have friends that shoot with every tip you can think of and they all swear by them from the softest to the hardest doesn't mater. what ever you choose and like will work... i shot with a soft layered tip for 2 years and switch to a medium, and love it.

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Hard or Soft Pool Cue Tip?

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  • Published: 11/28/2007 9:56:04 AM