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How do cue balls affect the sound of the hit - 12-01-2018, 12:28 PM

Thoughts from your experiences with different brands of cue balls and different tips would be greatly appreciated. I recently installed a Precision hard tip on one of my personal cues. I played for a few days on my son's table; don't know the brand of balls that came with it. Bottom line, when I returned home to play on a Diamond table with a different set of balls (I was told they were Cyclops), the hard tip sounded like a brick hitting a concrete wall!! The tip made a dull thud sound on my son's table. Why the huge difference? Thanks.
  
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12-01-2018, 12:54 PM

I hear ya...I can also tell hear a difference on Diamond tables too. The cue ball is / seems heavier, and like a different coating on it too. Hard and slippery. I play on Diamond tables two nights a week...enough to notice a difference. Matt D.
  
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12-01-2018, 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Tom1234 View Post
... the hard tip sounded like a brick hitting a concrete wall!! The tip made a dull thud sound on my son's table...
Two possibilities I can think of: different room acoustics with less echo in your son's room; your son does not have phenolic balls.

There is a demo somewhere on the interwebz of a gun being fired in an anechoic chamber. It sounds like a mild pop. Here is a comparison of a balloon popping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq07ZFMvo-c


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