Choosing A New Pool Cue Tip
Choosing a new pool cue tip can be confusing at times. Other than there being tons of brand names in cue tips, like G2 Cue Tips, Kamui Tips and Tiger Tips, there is also the criteria in picking a cue tip is hardness.
The modern day leather cue tip was invented by Francois Mingaud sometime in the late 1700’s while he was imprisoned for his political outspokenness. He demonstrated that with a leather tip, you could put spin on the cue ball which creates English.
Since then, leather cue tips are now a standard in the pool industry with the tips falling into three primary categories: Soft, Medium and Hard. These 3 categories are relative based on brands. A soft cue tip in one brand may be almost a medium hardness in another cue tip brand. Simply put, the softer the tip, the more likely it is to mushroom or flatten out on you.
Differences When Picking a New Pool Cue Tips
Here is a guide to picking a new pool cue tip based on hardness:
Soft tips will require more maintenance than a harder tip. Some players that prefer a soft tip say that it allows for more English and control over the cue ball. In addition, soft tips retain chalk better and are easier to scuff.
Harder tips require less maintenance because they hold their shape better against flattening out or mushrooming. Harder tips create less spin on the cue ball and as well are more liable to miscue. Harder tips create more consistent shots. So harder tips will have a longer life on your cue than softer tips.
Medium tips are the most common and as well are usually the type of tip put on the cue by the manufacturers. When in doubt, go with a medium tip, you will get the best of both worlds. Ultimately it boils down to your preference.
Another Category of Cue Tip
The two types of leather tips are ‘layered’ and “non-layered’ and come in different types of leather like pigskin and cowhide. Non-layered tips are more prone to mushrooming and are typically less expensive than the layered tip.
A layered tip is comprised of multiple layers of leather that are laminated together. Layered tips are more consistent from tip to tip within the brand so if you keep with the same cue tip brand, you will feel less of a variation from tip to tip.
Maintaining Your Cue Tip
Maintaining your cue tip will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to replace your cue tip often.
- Keep your cue in its case when not in use
- Keep your cue away from heat and very humid places
- Keep a tip tool handy so the tip will stay in good playing condition
Looking to replace your cue tip? Check out the G2 Cue Tip from Japan. It’s a 8 layered, pig skin, laminated cue tip and comes in Soft, Medium and Hard tips.