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Guide to Pool Cue Tip Size and Hardness

Guide to Pool Cue Tip Size and Hardness

I am learning a lot about billiards but the one thing I haven't been able to find out much about is pool cues and specifically pool cue tips.

What I am wondering is:

  1. There are a number of pool cue tip sizes (cue tip diameters) (11 - 14-mm). I assume the smaller sizes would be for the smaller snooker balls, the larger for 9-ball, etc., but is this a hard and fast rule? Is it more personal preference? What size tips do the top professional 9-ball players use?

  2. There are a number of pool cue tip hardnesses. I have been told the harder pool cue tips offer more control when used by better players. Is this true? It seems to me that the cue tip would be critical. Are all pool cue tips created equal? Are the tips the pros use the same as the ones I can buy in my local billiard supply store? Some information on the selection and differences between various cue tip hardness levels would be appreciated.

  3. I play with a pretty good cue, probably in the $100 range. I see on the internet "professional" cues with prices in the $1000 - $1500 range. What is the difference between the $100 cue and the $1000 cue? Is it just prestige, or is there a real difference? Is it the tip quality that drives up the prices of pool cues? If not, what is it?

  4. Since the actual contact between the cue tip and the cue ball is the chalk, I am wondering, is all pool chalk created equal? Is the billiard chalk the pros use the same as what I can buy? Again, some general information would be useful.

It is -30 Celsius tonight (-40 Celsius with the windchill factor), so we'll be playing a lot of pool in the next few months. But it's a dry cold here in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

By the way, the Billiards Forum is a cool site and it has some great information on it.

Guide to Pool Cue Tip Size and Hardness

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Guide to Pool Cue Tip Size and Hardness

  • Title: Guide to Pool Cue Tip Size and Hardness
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  • Published: 12/22/2008 12:27:07 AM
  • Last Updated: 9/22/2016 10:47:37 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)