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correct way to shape a jump cue tip and why? - 03-23-2016, 09:51 AM

Ive been told that a very flat tip shape for both break and jump cues is the way to go. Can anyone tell me what works the best and why. thanks.
  
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03-23-2016, 10:36 AM

I would love to hear from the experts on this one as well.

One benefit I can think of is a more consistent center-ball hit even when struck slightly off-center.
  
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03-24-2016, 07:13 AM

For J/B tips I use a radius of about 1/2 inch. That is approx the radius of a US Quarter ($0.25). That is just what I use, unless the customer wants something else.

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03-24-2016, 07:31 AM

domed but flatter than a playing cue

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03-24-2016, 10:29 AM

Years ago Allen Hopkins told me that the break cue tip should be as flat as possible. Just the slightest dome so as to hit the center. My friend and I have the same jump cue with the same tip and his is rounded considerably and mine is pretty flat. Similar to my break cue. Anyway I find that his cue jumps easier than mine. We probobly shot 100 jump shots and it was noticeable.
  
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03-29-2016, 08:43 AM

What I have found is... it depends on how you jump!
A break tip should be relatively flat. I use about a quarter radius... being that I am trying to hit as close to centerball as possible.

However, for a jump cue, it depends on the method in which you jump. If you just try to get over a ball, and get a good hit.. then flat is great. However, if you jump a ball, plan on making it, and THEN get shape, a more round tip allows you to spin the cue ball when you jump.

My jump cue has the same radius as my playing shaft. I can jump a full ball and still draw 3/4 of a table... you simply cannot do that with a flat tip.


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03-29-2016, 09:05 AM

Quarter shape


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03-29-2016, 09:09 AM

You only use one edge of the tip at a time when you hit the cue ball if you are using jump cue because your cue is angled high.

Why can't you have a flat edge on one side and a rounded on the other?
  
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03-29-2016, 09:28 AM

Perfectly flat would be okay on a break tip. There is a very famous pro player that used to get his Lepro tip shaped flat on his break cue. For 13mm jump cues a nickel radius is what I feel lifts the ball the easiest without miscuing. But as a compromise for a 13mm jump/break tip a quarter is a good medium radius since most people don't want to have to carry 3 cues.
  
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