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Pool Cue Tip Hardness?

Pool Cue Tip Hardness?

I've been shooting 8 and 9 ball for a lot of years and am finally getting serious about it. But I'm stuck on one thing.

What I need to know is, What tip hardness is considered best by most good players. I've tried 'em all but can't seem to come to a conclusion.

All replies will be VERY much appreciated.

Pool Cue Tip Hardness?

Replies & Comments

  1. nhoopquickshot on 8/17/2008 10:56:55 PM

    I don't think any one tip will be endorsed by all, simply because everyone has different likes and dislikes. A tip is a personal preference by most players. If I tell you what I like and 10 other people tell what they like, which one of the 11 will you use. You say you have been playing for a long time. At any given time did you feel like you were doing better with one over the other? I myself like a medium hard 12.75 or 13mm. Depends on the shaft I'm using.

    Good luck with a pick.

  2. nhoopbilliardsforum on 8/18/2008 8:15:02 AM

    Quickshot is exactly right. Another pertinent question is what cue sport game are you playing? Are you playing 8 ball with larger, heavier set of balls, or snooker, which uses slightly lighter and smaller balls? For example, if you switched from snooker to 8 ball, you'd need a harder tip for the shot to feel exactly the same due to the different in ball weights.

    On that note, I should mention three other threads from the past regarding the same topic: Hard or soft pool cue tip, another one on billiard cue tip softness, and finally one on pool cue tips wearing out, which has a little on the hardness of pool cue tips.

  3. nhoopMitch Alsup on 8/19/2008 7:23:18 PM

    I play 8-ball and 9-ball against players better than myself (most of the time). One gentleman in particular has two of the same shafts one with a hard tip and one with a medium soft tip. When we play regular 8-ball he uses the hard tip, however when we play 1-15* he uses the softer tip. I ask him about this and he said that in 1-15 control and precision is more important than power.

    Thus, sometimes the kind of game you play will influence the kind of tip you may want to be playing with. Me, I'm not quite good enough to have that much of a preference, other than using a break cue (or hall cue) to avoid mushrooming my medium tip (Everest). I have to be careful in how much power i put into my tip as it can dimple and throw off my shots until I figure out its time for tip maintanence.

    *1-15 is a relative of 8-ball wherre the 1 and 15 balls have to go in their respective side pockets. This adds a lot of drama to the game and requires delicacy to get into a position to shoot the 1 or 15 into its appropriate side pocket, or to roll one of them into a position where one can make the bal on the next inning.

  4. nhoopRetiredoldschoolpro on 10/12/2008 12:47:29 AM

    I played for a living for 25yrs,and tried the ones they had then,and lepro and sometimes elkmaster was what most used.There really wasn't much of a choice back then. They have many more choices now. I just started back three months ago after a 13yr retirement and all the young players talked me into trying several tips,some costing $25.00. I went right back to the lepro. This is one case where the more you spend the better the product doesn't apply. They also talked me into how magical the predator was. I bought one with the first generation 314 shaft and the 314-2,and also bought one for my meucci's. I went back to the meucci with a meucci shaft I had the ferrel cut down to 1" I played with before I retired. I believe you can do the same thing with a meucci you can do with all the new shafts,and i also believe a lepro can perform as well as any tip or better in my case. Just my opinion.

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Pool Cue Tip Hardness?

  • Title: Pool Cue Tip Hardness?
  • Author: (Nat Hooper)
  • Published: 8/17/2008 10:39:22 PM