Want the best-looking tip that can maximize you playing all the shots? I bet you do, right?
In this short post, you will learn how to use a snooker cue tip shaper to shape your cue tip…
But first, why do you need to shape a snooker tip?
- Well, for starters, a tip that isn’t shaped nicely won’t generate the amount of spin that is required to play the shots you want to play on the table.
- Secondly, it just looks nice.
If you’re wondering, what is the ideal shape of a tip, the answer is simple:
There is no ideal.
It’s down to your interpretation of what you consider the “ideal” shaped tip for your tip.
The starting rule of thumb is the tip should have a nice rounded dome to it.
Your idea of what is a “nice rounded dome” is up to you!
One way to understand that is if you read about this product, the QCard Multi-tool which allows you to see what shape of tip you want on your tip…
But, now back to shaping…
WHAT IS A TIP SHAPER?
For shaping a tip you use a tip shaper…Basically, it’s a piece of sandpaper which is inserted into a file style product…Peradon are the best ones to use. They include FREE spare strips of sandpaper too!
USING A TIP SHAPER
So how do you use one?
You file the tip in a downward motion (always downwards) and you rotate the cue while you’re doing this so it shapes it evenly.
It doesn’t necessarily need to be filed hard.
Keep checking to see the shape and use the QCARD MULTI-TOOL TIP PROFILER to check the type of shape you want on your tip.
You might need to do this after each game or session, depending on how often you play.
A too rounded tip might cause problems with miscueing. So don’t go overboard with sanding. Remember, you’re not sanding wood down. You’re just shaping a tip! Tread carefully!
Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years’ experience writing for the web.
He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!