All sorts of tips on the market now a days. Rocky. moori, tad,french tips on and on. What tip is out there that retains its shape yet grips the ball more?
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George answers:  The Mooris are getting near-unanimous rave reviews; on the flip side, they're expensive (there was a time when Rambow's finest cue with two shafts costs less than one of these tips) and not especially easy to find. The feedback is especially positive when it comes to retaining shape, and needing next-to-no maintenance. Some players have good things to say about the Hercules, which is the same concept (layered leather, like a teeny stack of pancakes) but less expensive and readily available from the distributor for Adam Cues in Lynbrook, NY. Players who aren't partial to this sort of tip generally feel they're a bit hard; in that case, Le Pros should do you just fine (they were the standard for years). GF

Bo writes:  There is truly a myriad of new tip configurations on the market today: water buffalo, calfhide, cowhide, punched hide, pressed leather fiber, chromed leather, layered leather, synthetic non-leather, fiber based, etc... You name it, somebody is trying it on a cue somewhere. Many of the tip ideas have merit while some are merely innovation in search of our hard earned dollars.   Each tip has it's own characteristic hardness (i.e., soft, medium or hard), "hit" and durability factor. Some won't hold chalk well but hit good, some hold chalk great but need constant dressing. Some hold their original shape excellently while others need to be dressed to remove mushrooming a few times before they settle into a consistent shape. They are all a little different, each with pro and con factors.   There are so many that you could spend a fortune trying them all on your own cue. I personally have no experience at all with many of the newer products, so my advice is to try your friend's cues or people you meet while playing, and ask them what they use, why they use it and what they think. You might also ask Pro-Shop repairmen who have dealt with many of the tips on a hands-on basis and who get lots of player feedback directly.   Easily the most popular tip in my room is the Le Professional, a reasonably priced, long wearing, medium hard tip that mushrooms very little and holds chalk well. It is a common tip for use by cue manufacturers and usually my tip of choice. French Champion and Triumph tips are also used by some of the players here, both solid hide tips with red fiber bases. On one piece cues Elk Blue tips are good for commercial use.  Find a tip you like and stick with it for a while to get familiarity. Settle in with it and concentrate on the other aspects of the game, preferably making lots of balls.

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