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Choosing The Right Pool Cue Tip

Some may see the game of pool as simply getting the cue stick and hitting the cue balls correctly. And how we wish it is that simple because, in reality, this game requires mental strength and proficient skills, plus, consistent training and practice which requires patience.

Moreover, choosing the right equipment, especially your pool cue stick can change or improve your game at a higher level. You can be the best duo with your pool cue stick highlighting your game and making consecutive wins. 

That is why we made this article for you on how to choose the right cue tips for your pool cues. You should know the different cue sticks with their tips in different sizes. Not only that, but there are also different pool cue tips hardness and materials used in different brand names.

There are four major things to consider when choosing the right pool cue tips for your pool cues. They are:

  1. Brand - different brands offer different quality of materials used in pool cue tips. The higher the quality, the better.
  2. Hardness of cue tips - you can choose from soft, medium, and hard pool cue tips depending on your need or desire.
  3. Material used - there are several different materials used on pool cue tips. Mostly are laminated leather, bakelite, carbon fiber, or phenolic tips.
  4. Shape and Size - the standard diameter size of your cue tip must be as large as your shaft’s diameter.As for the shape, the most common shape for pool cue tips is dime shaped and nickel shaped.


We commonly look at the cue tips as a round shape but it has two common specific standard shapes. One is the dime shape pool cue tip. This shape has a smaller contact point to the cue ball compared to the others. Other experts say that this shape creates more spin and requires more of your accuracy. 

Another shape that you can choose is the nickel shape pool cue tip. The popular pool champion, Efren “Bata” Reyes is said to have the nickel shape cue tip. This shape is more versatile, can be even flatter, and hits larget spots. Keeping along with you a cue tip shaping tool can help your pool cue tip maintain ts shape and accuracy.

As for the size of your pool cue tips, consider the size of your shaft first since it comes with the cue tip’s size too. The American pool uses a bigger standard size of cue balls, so the tip sizes are normally from 12.5mm to 13.5mm. But of course, some require another size depending on what you need. Some need 11.5mm 40 14mm. 

choosing the right pool cue tip
How Do I Choose The Right Pool Cue Tip

Other players believe that a smaller cue tip size can give more control and requires more skills, at the same time, it can also cause more miscues if not practiced properly.at the end of it, it is just a matter of personal choice. Just remember that your cue tip cannot be smaller than the shaft.

Types Of Tips for Pool Cues

All thanks to Francois Mingaud for his skills in creating modern leather cue tip and Masse shot while on his prison cells in the late 1700s. After his release, he began to demonstrate his skills in spinning the ball using his invention. Since then, it became popular in the industry and is used by many players. 

Depending on the density, pool cue tips can be classified as soft, medium, and hard tips. The type of hardness of the pool cue tip depends on whether it is for a playing cue or a breaking pool cue. Take note that there is no standard density and hardness for cue tips. One manufacturer’s soft tips might not be as soft as the other manufacturers. So, we will give you the advantages and disadvantages of each type.


These kinds of pool cue tips are commonly used by professional players because they can be easily controlled, has more consistency, last longer, require little shaping, and less maintenance. 

Hard tips are usually made from Phenolic or carbon fiber materials, thus, it is really hard and can be a good choice when doing break or jumping shots. Hard tips can give more force through the ball and allow it to hit a more solid shot, and make contact with the ball for a shorter time compared to the softer cue tips. 

The downside of these cue tips is it creates less spin and is more likely to have miscues when hitting the center point.


These kinds of pool cue tips are a combination of soft and hard tips. A lot of players also choose these since it gives the cue ball’s control and consistency. The majority of medium cue tips will give you more spin, easily holds the chalk, and do not get worn out or misshaped like soft cue tips. 

This is a good choice if you plan on doing shots for breaking, playing, and jumping


Soft pool cue tips absorb more impact than other cue tips. This is often recommended for beginners to impart proper English since it allows you to have more spins. Also, this may require more of your money since it gets misshapen easily and has to be maintained and fixed well to keep a perfectly round shape. These are the kind of cue tips that get the “mushroom” tip bulges over the edges of the ferrule and has to be replaced more frequently as possible.


There are two more types of pool cue tips according to their density, layered and non-layered.

Layered pool cue tips are usually made of ten or more thin layers of laminated leather together, and are less likely to form a “mushroom” and more likely to hold its consistency. These layered pool cue tips are the expensive ones since they are made from high-quality materials.

Another is the non-layered pool cue tips. These types of cue tips are more prone to misshaping and inconsistency, so they require more grooming and maintenance. Since they are the cheaper ones, they are usually made from a variety of materials, whether it is a pigskin to cowhide and some sort of leather.


Here are some pro-tips for you in saving your money from buying new cue tips from time to time. Aside from the tip tools, you can also maintain them through these:

  • Always keep your cue sticks in their proper cases when not in use.
  • Keep your cues away from extreme heat and moisture.
  • Shape them to your preferred shape - dime or radius - after every use.
  • Always scuff your cue tips so they will hold the chalk more.
  • If it gets a mushroom shape, trim the cue tips out at the ferrule.
  • Invests in buying several pool cue tips in different types (hardness and density) to know what suits you well


Here are some well-recommended and trusted brands that you can choose to buy your pool cue tips and other pool accessories. 


Japanese Moori tips were among the first ones to be produced with a layered tip. They are all handmade by Hideo Moori from Tokyo, Japan. This brand has been on the top list for every player because of its high-quality products at a reasonable price. 

These great quality tips are made with nine (9) layers of pigskin laminated leather. A genuine Moori pool cue tip is available in soft, medium, and hard usually in 14mm in diameter.


Kamui Pool Cue Tips

This is also Japan-made cue tips with the finest pigskin, has excellent ball control, and maximum chalk retention. They were popular since 2007 when they were introduced at the BCA Super Billiards Expo.

Their clear black pro tip is always a pro-pic for every professional player. Aside from its high-quality materials, it also holds the chalk better than other cue tips and has a fine balance between, speed, control, and spin.

They are known for their other cue tips such as the Kamui Original Tips, Kamui Black Tips, and Kamui Clear Original Tips. 


Samsara Pool Cue Tips

Samsara cue tips are also known for their excellent pool cue tip! Using a materials from ten (10) layers of pigskin, they have a variety of types of cues according to its hardness. 

You can be ensured that it is all made from 100% leather, no plastics, and just hard enough not to damage the cue balls. 


Tiger Products Pool Cue Tips

Tiger pool cue tips are improved laminated and phenolic tips with robust metal packaging. Their pool cue tips are usually made from cowhide or pigskin leather that is layered differently according to your preference without compromising the ball control, consistency, chalk retention, and is available in 10-15mm diameters. 

They are popular for their several cue tips such as Tiger laminated tip, Tiger icebreaker phenolic/leather tip, Tiger jump/break tip, Tiger dynamite tip, Tiger sniper laminated tip, Tiger onyx LTD tip, Tiger Everest tip, and Tiger emerald tip.

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