In reading, I hear the term "nickel and dime radius". What does that mean?
> In reading, I hear the term "nickel and dime radius". What does that mean?
Hold various coins up in front of the tip and you can match the curve to
the curve of a particular coin. More flat would be like a quarter. More
round would be like a dime. Many tip shaping tools are a nickel shape.
Some are dime shape. (Low deflection cues come from the factory with a
dime shape - that is the shape I use on my playing cues.)
Go into a bar and look at the cue sticks on the wall. Those tips are
probably more flat. They don't get much maintenance if any. Also people
use them for breaking. This "squishes" in the tip and makes it more
Better players keep their tip a particular shape like nickel or dime.
Also look at the tips of those bar pool cues under the table light. Many
of these have a dark "slick" surface. That is because they have not been
shaped or scuffed up (not maintained).
Then look at the tip of a good player's cue, it will not have any
"slick" spots and will have a nice even coating of chalk on it - all the
same color. Looks sort of like velvet.
The tips in good condition will "grip" the cue ball better. This is
important when hitting the cue ball off center (follow, draw, english).
If you use one of those "slick" bar pool cues to shoot an off center
shot, the tip may not grip the cue ball and it might go flying off into
space - a "miscue".
Here is some info on a flatter tip vs a rounder tip...
Note: The U.S. is not the only country in which pool is played. Other
countries have different shaped coins. For that reason I think pool
equipment manufacturers should come up with some sort of international
standard shapes - not use the shapes of a particular country's coins.
Some comments from me:
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But there is also a downside to layered tips. As the tip wears
down, the glue layer between the layers of leather (or pigskin, or
whatever) becomes exposed. If you wipe off the chalk and look
closely you can see it. It is a ring around the tip, and it starts
on the outside circumference of the tip and appears to move toward
the center as the leather wears down. This glue ring does not hold
chalk as well as the surrounding leather, and if the contact spot on
the tip happens to be right on that ring, then you are more likely
to get a miscue. If you look at the tip after a miscue you will see
a little brown/green colored spot on the tip. I've had miscues like
this that were pretty close to the center. I usually chalk before
every shot, but it is possible that I might have missed that
particular spot before that shot, so it is difficult to narrow down
the exact cause. But if you use layered tips, this is just
something you have to live with. It only happens once every hundred
shots or so, and only when the ring is there -- often enough to
notice, but not often enough to really narrow down what causes it or
how to prevent it.
$.02 -Ron Shepard
10. TIP RADIUS