Tip sizes for snooker and pool cues

Customer question;

Do you sell any snooker cues with 7mm tips please?

Our answer;

The tip sizes for cues are normally determined by the size of the cue ball you are playing with so the smaller the cue ball the smaller the tip.

Generally speaking most players prefer and 8mm to 8.5mm tip for a 1 & 7/8 pool cue ball, and 9.5mm to 10mm tip for a full size 2 1/16 snooker cue ball. American pool uses an even bigger cue ball so the tip sizes are normally between 12.5 mm and 13.5mm.

Of-course there are also many different sizes of table which also use different size balls but the above tip sizes are the most commonly used.

Sometimes we get some enquiries for 7mm tip cues, and though we can supply these at an extra cost we do not recommend for most players. Some players believe that a small tip size gives them more cueball control but you need to be a very good player indeed to be able to get any extra benefit from a tip of this size as it can sometimes cause miscues.

Also, the wood beneath a 7mm ferule would be very small and this can more easily cause the ferule to snap off completely, especially when playing power shots. Certainly we could not gauranatee this would not happen on any cue purchased from us with a 7mm ferule / tip and this is why we recommend 8mm to 8.5mm for pool cues.

We would advise that good practice is just as important as the tip size to obtain good technique and ball control and our coaching DVD’s (click here)  will certainly help with this.

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