I think a "flat top" would make it easier to hit centerball, but harder to know exactly when you begin adding spin - you'd be hitting centerball until your tip is offset past the flat part.Maybe the best tip would be a compound radius or even with a flat top but still sloping sides.
I'm 72 and have been playing since I was about 12. I've tried every brand of cue made, and probably almost every tip made. I've played with snooker cues and regular cues. I like wood to wood joints, and all my cues have a low deflection shaft with a 12.5 mm Kamuii clear black hard tip with a nickel profile. Some people like softer tips, some like a dime profile, but I can get all the english I need with that particular tip and shape and premium chalk, and don't have to worry about unintended english from a dime profile and a hit that's not perfectThis should get fun.
Maybe, although I doubt that it matters.This is true for the moment of contact, but how does tip hardness and compression play into this effect? This tip distortion can be seen in that slow motion video. I would think as the tip compression on impact for a less curved tip would have a larger surface area of contact.
I quit chalking my break cue to reduce spin.
It's easier than creating a true stroke. Seriously, I don't chalk it cuz I'm hitting dead center. Stupid?