For billiards players, cue tips and ferrules are extremely important accessories that dictate their performance. Therefore, it is crucial to know how to replace a pool cue tip ferrule and tip correctly, so you always play with the best gear.
The necessity of replacement comes as a result of the wear and tear after long-term use. They are the major parts of your cue stick that can come apart due to intense play. Once damaged, they cannot assist you in pulling off the best shots.
What Is A Ferrule On A Pool Cue?
Ferrule plays an important part in the quality of the shot, as it helps transition from the hard part to the soft part, as a bridge to continue to touch the ball smoothly.
The ferrule, usually made of plastic or steel, sits between the taper and the cue tip. It’s in charge of bearing the brunt of the impact when the tip touches the ball, thus protecting the shaft from splitting.
Based on the length:
- Pool: 13 to 18mm longer
- Libre and carom: usually 8 to 10 mm in length
Based on the material:
How Often Should You Change Your Pool Cue Tip?
The tip is the most important part of the cue because it determines the quality of the shot based on the contact with the cue ball; the adhesion of the cue to the cue ball creates accuracy.
No matter how good the quality of the shafts, if not equipped with a good one, the overall quality of the cue, according to experts, will decrease by 80%.
Pool players always consider this particular piece of hardware as their most important accessory. Therefore, they understand how important it is to replace pool cue tips and ferrules if they are no longer in good condition.
It is advisable to replace your cue tip every six months to ensure your performance.
Replacing a Pool Cue Tip: Easy Steps to do it Yourself
Below is our guide:
The top of the ferrule is mainly made of leather and must be firmly attached to the stick. In addition, the tip should not be larger than the top end of the ferrule.
Checking the tip is also an essential thing to know whether it is calling for a replacement. To do it, you can directly touch the tip to see if it’s round and smooth. Take a look at the 4 tip illustrations below:
Case A: This is the most standard cue tip. The arc will make the correct point of contact with the cue ball.
Case B: It’s okay, but your shot is not as standard as case A.
Case C: This type is highly susceptible to split.
Case D: If the club only has this cue, it is best to get a replacement.
What if yours looks similar to case D? With all the tutorials below, you can change the tip easily and safely.
Before replacing, make sure you understand the structure to avoid wrong replacement causing damage to the aesthetics of the tip. So let’s dive right in to the guide below!
Things You Need To Prepare:
- Cutter: You can choose between a paper cutter or a multi-function knife
- Sandpaper types: 100, 200, 400, 600, or 1000
- Glue: You should choose Dog glue, Elephant glue, Taiwan 110 glue, or specialized glues from the US
- New cue tip
- A wooden lining
Step 1: Take Off The Old One
Use a knife to cut off the old tip. Insert the blade between the old connector and the ferrule, press the cutter firmly and roll the top until the old head is separated.
Step 2: Clean The Ferrule
This step requires you to grind the ferrule perfectly flat and put it evenly on the sandpaper surface. As a result, you get an even surface to which the glue can adhere better.
Step 3: Sand The Base Of A New Cue Tip
Most new tips have an uneven bottom surface, so you should sand them to create a good grip for the glue. Besides, many new tips are coated with glossy paint, so when applying to use, we need to remove this polish.
Rub coarse sandpaper against the new tip until the bottom is flat enough for the glue to stick to.
Step 4: Apply Glue
Remember not to apply too much, it will make the glue take a long time to dry, and when compressed, it will lead to the glue overflowing to the ferrule. If that happens, you will have to do more cleaning later.
Apply a sufficient amount of glue gently and evenly on both the bottom of the tip and the ferrule side. Then, please wait for the glue to thicken (5 to 10 minutes), attach the tip head to the ferrule and insert it into the compressor.
If there is no compressor, you can use a hard object (such as a hammer) to knock on the head to create better compression. Next, leave it on the rack for about 3 hours for the glue to dry completely.
Step 5: Trim The Tip To Fit
The tip has to fit snugly with the ferrule, does not protrude or concave, especially without chipping. The tip, when looking horizontally, must form an arch so that you can optimize the cross-section in contact with the surface of the ball when you hit.
To help the cue tip look good, you straighten the taper of the shaft and rest it with wooden lining’ support. Peel off the excess of the tip that is larger than the ferrule with a stapler.
Step 6: Grind And Clean The New Tip
Firstly, use sandpaper 200 – 400, then use another one with a higher ruffle index from 600 – 1000 to polish.
Clean the whole upper part after. Avoid using wet cloth as it creates moisture. Use a dry towel to wipe the entire cue. You can use some specialized creams or waxes for it.
So that’s all you need to do to replace a worn-out pool cue tip, and now you’re ready to conquer new games ahead.
Note: Avoid using sandpaper when it is not necessary. Many people assume the tip is worn out, and they sanded it bluffly, leading to the tip getting worn even more quickly.
A hitting shot can be caused by many other causes such as hitting outside the limit to effect, moisture, misaligned hand push, etc. Therefore, tip sanding is unnecessary unless it is too flat and bordered.
In essence, replacing is essential to help prolong the life of the taper of the shaft. This affects not only the accuracy of the shot but also aesthetic and maintenance issues. Replacing a cue tip and ferrule is not that difficult but requires the attention of the player. Players must be careful while doing.
Now you know how to replace a pool cue tip ferrule properly. This maintenance task is necessary for your cue to always work at its best for more accurate shots.
Above are our step-by-step guides to replace your worn-out cue tip. We hope you can easily DIY so that your cue is newer, better, and firmer.