1. A precursory statement about cue tip
The cue tip is the part of the cue that is installed on the front of the shaft to hit the ball. The snooker cue is generally installed on the copper hoop, and the pool cue is installed on the ferrule (see last for further information).
Our tip is usually made of single or multiple layers of leather. It is elastic and can control the impact force when players hit the ball and the ball’s rotation under sports conditions.
Before using a new pool cue, the protective rubber head made of compressed leather can be replaced with a tip made of deerskin or cowhide.
Generally speaking, the real cowhide textures are more casual, and the fake textures are regular and neat. Real cowhide black is green, fake is black.
In use, the vulnerable parts of the cues are tips, which we can replace them every four days or so.
To prevent slipping after hitting the ball three or four times, you can apply chalk on the tip. The tip must be refurbished and polished from time to time to keep it in the best condition.
The newly installed cue tip should be cut away from the surrounding area to ensure that the diameter of the tip matches the diameter of the shaft, and use sandpaper to ensure correct curvature.
Generally, the tip becomes stable after a repair. So please change your pool cue tip carefully, the process involves the use of sharp objects and may result in injury.
2. Basic step about changing your cue tip
Required tools: utility knife, super glue, sandpaper.
step1 remove old tip
Use a razor to remove the old cue tip, exposing the ferrule/copper hoop and wood.
step2 prep ferrule/copper hoop
For cost-effective reasons, most of the low-cost ferrules such as synthetic fibers or resin are used in mass production cues.
As for other high-cost ferrules such as ivory, customers often use them on expensive custom cues. The ivory ferrule is the least susceptible to chalk, but it is also the easiest to crack or even break.
step3 prep new tip
Dimension: 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, etc.
Workmanship: single-layer cue tip, multi-layer cue tip
step4 apply glue
Take an appropriate amount of glue and apply it evenly on the low surface of the inner hole and the tip.
step5 clean up glue
Wait for the glue to dry (approx.2-3 minutes). Make sure the glue is completely dry before shaping.
step6 remove the excess tip
Be extra careful not to cut or scratch the side of your ferrule with the blade or abrasive papers. Make sure the tip is larger in diameter than the ferrule.
step7 shape/round the tip
Use higher grit sandpaper (600+) to finish flushing the tip with the ferrule. Then burnish the side by applying liquid burnisher or cue wax with moderate pressure.
3. Check the result
Put the polished tip on the cue head to detect that there is no gap, if necessary, we can polish it again.
Turn cue with the cue tip upside down, place a small wooden board, and use a paper cutter to cut the edge of the tip against the ferrule/copper mouth.
Slowly turn the cue and keep the cue vertical. Note that when you use a knife, you need to cut a little bit and slowly cut it to ensure the roundness of the cue tip.
Because it is thin enough, we usually rotate the cue twice, and then repair the tip. If you are in a hurry, cutting a large piece at once will break your tip.
If you are unfamiliar with changing the tip, it is better to stick glue on the copper mouth/ferrule first to avoid scratching the copper mouth/ferrule.
Someone want to shape cue tip into a mushroom head, they just need to place the cue stick vertically and the blade against the ferrule/copper mouth (because the blade is triangular).
If you want to make your tip protrude a little more, tilt the cue inward for a certain angle, and the blade will be downward, the tip can be cut into an obvious inverted ladder shape.
4.Note on sticky cue tip:
1. The gluing tip must first determine the size and quality of the tip because the tip is an important part; if it is a 9mm cue, you use an 11mm tip, which is difficult to polish. It’s also difficult to repair into an arc.
2. Be sure to use a knife to scrape off the original glue on the sticking surface of the cue head, and then carefully sand it with sandpaper until all the wood is exposed.
This step is important. If we don’t handle it properly, it will affect the usage of the cue tip.
3. When applying quick glue, it is better to use less. How to ensure that the tip is straight? During the process of changing the tip, I found it is important that there is not much glue.
Prepare a paper towel and rub it into a stick shape. Absorb the glue in the center area, put it on the tip, observe, push it, and press it. If there is too much glue, it is easy to slide sideways when pressing down.
Once it is sideways, it is difficult to adjust again.
5. Frequently asked questions
Q&A What is the difference between a single layer and multiple layers?
One opinion is that a single tip has good elasticity, but is not durable; a single-layered tip transmits power and is more durable.
Another opinion is that multiple layers can enhance rotation, the accuracy of a single layer is higher.
Q&A Something u should know about tip before changing your tip:
1. How to choose the size of your tip diameter: Snooker cue tip is about 8-11mm, usually 9-10mm and pool cue tip is about 12-13mm.
2. The hardness of the skin is determined by the habits of the player. The inferior tip is rough in workmanship and is made of inferior leather. The high-quality tip is made of cowhide or deerskin.
Q&A Why does it often fall after changing your tip?
1. The two surfaces of the tip and the ferrule are not smooth.
2. The glue is not very fast.
3. The adhesive force is not enough after sticking. So it needs to be tapped lightly.
4. When the cue is good, the bias cue is easy to fall off immediately
Q&A What is ferrule?
The ferrule is useful for protecting the front end of the shaft, which is the thinnest part of the forward. Another function is to allow the cue tip to hit the ball.
In the United States, the typical ferrule colors are white and milky white. In Canada, black ferrules are more popular.
Furthermore, the English players in the Snooker billiards like to use a material that can be replaced with different tips or ferrules by rotating screws to achieve different characteristics.
Generally, the length of the ferrule is about 0.5 inches to 1.25 inches, and the ferrule of the fancy cue is longer than that of the snooker cue.