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What Tip Would You Suggest for a Light Stroke?

What Tip Would You Suggest for a Light Stroke?

Hey guys, I'm a 64 year young player, B+ to A- skill level, not that good, not that bad. Anyway, at 64 still trying to get better. As of last year I've begun using a lighter stroke to gain more control and accuracy. My questions are directed to the A+ and Master players. What tip would you suggest for a light stroke, and what chalk would you say is the best. Thanks

What Tip Would You Suggest for a Light Stroke?

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  1. guestMitch Alsup on 10/9/2012 3:01:33 PM

    I prefer hard (but not too hard) tips. Talisman hard is just fine, so is Moori Fast, Kamui Black hard is way too hard (and makes clicking sounds on impact).

    I have not found any correlation between tip hardness and stroke intensity. The hard tips I use work well all the way from rolling the CB 1/2 diamond all the way through drawing the CB back 13 diamonds. The feel thing is more something you get used to rather than something you seek out as the only feel that works for 'you'.

    I prefer Master Blue chalk. A bit more gritty (and more bite) than Master Green, not as much bite as Master Grey. But Master Grey leaves visiblespots on the typical green or blue cloths.

  2. guestFenwick on 10/25/2012 7:15:37 AM

    First I'm a B player but I do play with a lot of master to pro players.

    Keep in mind the cue tip is in contact with the cue ball only (0.002) of a second. That would be a soft tip. I think better control is obtained with a straight stroke more then the hardness of the tip and the chalk you use. That's just my take. I've recently switched to Kamui Chalk and it does seem to grab more. That's a feel not a fact.

    The general consensus is against layered tips where I play. Again that just a preference. Sorry to say but you need to try several tips to find the one that works the best for you. Very subjective.

    Here's a link to start your search. I'm not endorsing the site. http://www.pooldawg.com/category/pool-cue-tips?gclid=CN732rSsnLMCFc5cMgodoTEAjg

  3. guestallanpsand on 5/2/2013 11:12:53 AM

    I prefer a hard-medium tip, rounded to a nickel curve with the Ultimate Tool. Because I chalk every shot, I don't need to dress the tip more than a couple times a year (chalk is an abrasive). And this is using the edges of the cube while I watch, not the automated grinding routine others use.

    For the stroke itself, I like the "Soft and softer" philosophy. Basically, only enough energy to get the OB there, and the CB into the planned location.

    I use Masters, but that's only because I buy chalk by the gross which I give a few cubes to every student. I don't have much experience with other chalk.

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What Tip Would You Suggest for a Light Stroke?

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  • Published: 10/9/2012 9:01:54 AM