Hello! Today we're going to address shaping and maintaining your pool cue tip, the most important part of your cue. Let's have a look. This is a brand new tip. Never been chalked and hasn't been shaped. A little preparation is in order before you're ready to start shooting.
You Have Choices
I'm using an ultimate tip tool and on this tool there are two choices for the amount of curvature you want. One is roughly the shape of a dime, the other is the shape of a nickel. Choose which one suits your needs best.
The Steps Of Maintaining Your Cue
First, place it flat on the table and place the tip into the shaping hole and rotate the shaft back and forth. Be careful not to put any more pressure than the weight of the shaft itself and rotate back and forth to achieve the shape that you wish. Next, take one of the abrasive outside edges of the tool and trim along the outside edges of the tip. This works also with used tips that have started to mushroom, so don't worry about scratching the ferrule, the shape of the tool prevents that. Finally, burnish the tip slightly, wet the outside edges and place it in between the two prongs of the tool and rotate to smooth off any rough edges. A little chalk and you're ready to shoot.
In addition to shaping and trimming your tip you will find from time to time that the surface gets smooth and not very well able to hold chalk. The answer to that is to use a perforator, much like this tip pick or the scuffing surface on the ultimate tip tool that I showed earlier. Simply take the tip and poke some holes or scuff the tip a little making the surface rough and better able to hold chalk. Until next time.