When you’re buying a new pool cue or shaft, you might wonder which tip is right for your style of play. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your tips.
Tip can be one of three difference hardness levels; soft, medium or hard. Depending on the brand of tips, they can also be described as slow, medium, or quick, respectively. Beginners, or people who need more control, can benefit from a soft tip. A hard tip provides more power. Medium tips provide control and power.
The materials that tips are made from affect play as well. Many tips are made from cowhide, pigskin, or water buffalo. The manufacturer will either use a solid piece of leather, or create thin layers that are laminated. Layered tips such as Moori are longer lasting and do not “mushroom” from use. Le Pro tips are some of the most popular tips worldwide because they are medium-hard and offer a combination of power and control that benefits beginner and advanced players alike.
Keeping your leather tip responsive is easy with various tip tools that either scuff or prick the tip, raising the nap of the leather and allowing it to hold chalk.
Phenolic tips are made of a man-made substance and are very hard. These tips are generally used for break/jump cues. Also, be sure to keep extra tips in your leather pool cue case when possible..
When purchasing a new cue or replacing a tip, keep in mind your style of play to pick the right one for you. If you happen to be looking for a new pool cue, consider the Meucci line of high-quality billiard pool cue sticks…