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Nickel or dime tip shape? Or is it the tip? - 06-09-2017, 06:00 PM

I'm a relatively new player. My cue came with a Kamui black soft tip. Because my stroke is a slow work in progress, I tend to unintentionally spin the ball so I use a nickel shape on the tip. My thinking is a larger surface area might decrease the spin. My questions are:

1) Is my thinking correct on the nickel shape decreasing spin?

2) Does a Kamui soft tip loose it's shaping quicker than other tips? I had to reshape my tip during a 2-hour practice session after shaping it before I started. Is something else that I'm not aware of that might be a factor?
  
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I prefer a Dime radious. It's the Tip Tool that you use that'll get you there, not something that's dependent on the actual tip. This tool pretty much idiot proofs the process.

This, the "Last 4 Ever Tip Tool" is the best damn Tip Tool available to man or beast...and believe me, I've tried them all. It's a little pricey, but it'll replace all the tip tools in your case. It's made amazingly well




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You said you have a "soft tip". Those tend to "mushroom" or grow over the side of the ferrule.
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06-09-2017, 09:36 PM

I prefer a nickel shape.
  
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06-10-2017, 01:59 AM

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06-10-2017, 02:18 AM

This is all I could find on the subject.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCMBV_yI_Tw

Personally, the tip on my cue is shaped to the curvature of a dime and I use a Kamui medium black clear tip.

I would avoid using a soft tip as explained in the UT video.

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06-10-2017, 04:39 AM

Tips are confusing. Softer tips will deform and will require maintenance more often than harder tips as a rule.
Tip manufacturers started to make tips using layers to combat the aforementioned deformation.... it worked,
somewhat. But layered tips still deform and still require maintenance, but not as often as a soft single layer
tip like an Elk Master or Triumph.

I'm not going to get into Nickle or Dime because.... well honestly, I just don't have the energy right here and
now for you (apologies). Suffice to say it's best you just use trial and error to find what suits your own unique
stroke and style of play. The same can be said of your choice of tip and cue and table and life...

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06-10-2017, 06:38 AM

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I prefer a nickel shape.
When I first get a tip installed I use nickel and I shape it only one time. After that I leave it alone. I tend to use harder tips so they don't deform but that's just me and I'm lucky to run 50 balls on a good day - just a banger.

If you look at how I do it and do something else you are probably doing it right LOL.
  
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06-10-2017, 11:58 AM

I'm very grateful for all of your replies. You've given me many helpful things to consider.
  
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06-10-2017, 03:12 PM

I got 5 on it.

(Nickel, fer INI
  
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06-10-2017, 03:41 PM

I like nickel shape. Forgiving enough if I'm slightly off on a straight shot, but plenty of shape to allow cueball magic when needed.
  
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06-11-2017, 12:10 AM

I use a car wash token radius on my tips.
  
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