Sunday, June 25, 2006

On Test - Snooker Cue tips

At Billiards Boutique we sell a variety of cue tips, the tips on test here are those associated with snooker and english pub pool.

The Test

We obviously had to keep it fair and show no bias to either of the tips on test.

The Cue that was used for the test was a Peradon Edwardian 2 piece Snooker Cue and it was played with using Triangle Chalk.

Only brand new cue tips were used in the test and this was the criteria used for the test.

  1. Hardness
  2. Control
  3. Amount of Spin
  4. Wear
  5. Value for Money

The Results

Blue Diamond

1. The Blue Diamond tip is medium hardness and uses specially selected leather that is pressed to form the tip. This leather is then infused with chalk to help the leather grip fresh chalk and therefore the cue ball.

2. As this tip is medium hard it gives a reasonable amount of control when playing general shots around the table. The cue tip is designed for a very accurate player and ths is never more so obvious as when playing with a lot of power. Because there is less give control is lessened when playing with power.

Rating: 3/5

3. With this tip the amount of spin generated is often to do with the player playing the shots, because it is a medium hardness, spin shots at slow speeds do not take as well. A bit more pace is needed to create the spin required.

Rating: 3/5

4. Wear is not a massive problem with this cue tip. That is not to say that it won't wear but with quite heavy use it will not wear as quickly as a soft tip which ultimately means better value for money.

Rating: 4/5

5. Out of the two cue tips on test this one offers the better value for money.

Rating: 4/5

Overall Rating: 3.5/5


1. The Elkmaster tip is a soft tip again created from pressed leather and then infused with chalk. The thing that creates the softer tip is using hide form a different animal or from a different part of the animal.

2. The control that you get with this cue tip is unbelievable. The softness of the tip allows you to control the white ball a slow and pacey shots. Because of the softness of the tip the accuracy of the player when cueing does not need to be pinpoint.

Rating: 5/5

3. You can generate a lot of cue ball spin with an elkmaster tip. This is because the softness allows a longer contact with the cue ball as it's shape does not return to normal as quickly. Spin takes on soft shots and when a more powerful stroke is required.

Rating: 4/5

4. As the cue tip is softer it will wear more quickly than the Blue Diamond. This means replacing it more often.

Rating: 3/5

5. Elkmaster tips are still good value for money as they are slightly cheaper than the Blue Diamond but if wear is the major factor then they are more money.

Rating: 3/5

Overall: 3.75/5

Final Comment

Each tip has it's ow merits and the Billiards Boutique recommendation is as follows. The Blue Diamond tip is longer lasting and because of it's hardness suits a moe accomplished player.

The Elkmaster tip is an excellent cue tip for a beginner as accuracy and power are not such a major factor.

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