A WELL MADE CUE IS NO GOOD WITHOUT A GOOD TIP !
As we have previously mentioned in our coaching DVD’s, the tip is the only part of the cue permitted to strike the cue-ball, so it is one of the most important parts of the cue. There are many different kinds of tips, but we recommend `Blue Diamond` or `Elkmaster`, both are good quality tips which will hold the chalk well, and also `bite` into the cue for the more difficult `Side` and `Backspin` shots.
On many of the cheaper cues, the tips are hard and you will not be able to get the same ball control, so one of the first things you can do to improve your cue action and win more matches is to change the tip. We often get asked for advise on how to do this, so we have included below some simple instructions. There is more then one way to re-tip a cue, some players use `cue clamps`, but beware, some clamps can damage your shaft, and they are not really necessary, so our instructions below does not include them.
1. What you will need; A sharp knife, a piece of sandpaper, some glue. With regards the glue, we supply `Tweetens` tip glue if you prefer, but to be honest, we fit hundreds of tips and use Loctite Super Glue. If you can find the `gel` format it will be easier to apply, and will help avoid putting on too much which might soak into the leather tip and make it harder then it should be.
2. Remove the tip with a sharp knife and rub the top of the shaft with some sandpaper so remove any of the old tip and leave a good surface to apply the new tip to. Try not to use a file in case you file the brass ferrule at an angle. (See fig’s 1 and 2)
3. Rub the part of tip you are going to glue (flat part) gently on the sandpaper to make sure it is nice level and clean for glue application.
4. Apply the glue to the top of the ferrule on the shaft, and spread so that it covers the full surface. (See fig’ 3)
5. Apply the tip centrally so that part of the tip is overlapping the ferrule. (See fig’ 4)
|Fig’ 4 – Position tip||Fig’ 5 – Cut excess tip with sharp knife on piece of wood, turning slightly after each cut||Fig’ 6 – Shape your tip with sandpaper|
6. Turn upside-down and apply some pressure for about a minute. Do not do this on a good surface like a kitchen top, but on a small piece of wood. The wood will also be useful when we trim the tip later. If you are not in a particular hurry you can leave the tip for a while for the glue to set fully, but it should be okay to trim sooner if needed. Very often we have to trim the tip within a couple of minutes because customers are waiting.
7. Turn the shaft upside down and with the sharp knife cut a slice with the side of the knife against the ferrule. Turn the shaft around very slightly with each cut to take off a small piece at a time. This way the tip will fit your cue perfectly. Be careful not to cut into the shaft or ferrule when trimming tip. (See fig’ 5)
8. Smooth off with the sandpaper and dome to your required (or favoured) shape. The picture in fig’ 6 shows the most commonly shaped tip, but some players do play with `mushroom shaped` tips, which leave part of the tip overlapping, similar to fig’ 4.