Cue Care Tips

Keep Your Tools in Shape

Tip maintenance...use in moderation

More ideas about your billiard cue care.

It is really strange that the only part of your cue which contacts the cue ball is the smallest and the cheapest to buy.

Yet that tiny piece of leather on the end of your cue is the subject of more opinions on its upkeep and almost everyone has an opinion as to which brand, style, even color is better for you to use.

There are tools to shape it, tools to prick it and tools to shave it.

The most important tool is usually free to use, the chalk furnished with the cueballs at your poolroom.

It is your insurance against a miss-cue caused by to "clean" a tip coming in contact with the cueball at an angle (english) which causes it to slip off the ball...you know the rest.

The chalk can't be over used. It should be applied before every shot. Many players make it a part of their pre-shot routine. That way it is not forgotten.

But scuffers, picks and shavers can get you into trouble using them too frequently. As their names imply, each has a way of wearing down the tip by scuffing or shaving it. The tip pricking device is designed to insert into the face ot the tip and twist. This tends to break up the surface.

The scuffer shapes the tip. Opinions vary on the particular curve that a cue tip should have. Within the United States, the curve of a cue tip is most often compared with a U.S. coin--usually a dime, nickel, or quarter. The nickel seems to be the most popular--a dime being more pointy and a quarter being more flat. With the butt toward the floor, hold the tip of your cue stick at eye level. If the leather tip is new, it will be flat on top. If you hold a coin flat against the side of the cue stick so that the top edge of the coin is aligned with the top of the cue tip, you will see the curve that you should strive for when shaping the tip.

The tip shaver is more designed for making sure your tips sidewalls stay smooth with the ferule (the white plastic or ivory cue end cap need to remain smooth with the cuetip. The continual motion of the tip striking the cue ball will cause the tip to mushroom and the shaver peels off the excess.