OK, bear with me for a moment for a bit of hypothetical-reality.
When we consider tip shape, we characterize the radius as a dime or nickel,
knowing it is in the shape of a dome/ball. Therefore it is crucial to hit
the precise vertical axis that is intended. But in thinking about it, if
I'm trying to hit a ball with another ball of the exact same radius, it is
very difficult to hit it consistently straight. So, let's change the shape
of the object hitting the cue ball. What about if I hit the cue ball with
rolling pin. With a rolling pin, you have the radius, but only along
Let's transfer this concept to a cue tip shape. Instead of having a dome
shaped tip, have a rolling pin shape. In essence, you have just widened out
the hitting surface from a millimeter to 13 mm. Granted, that would make it
so that the tip would have to be perfectly horizontal, but there are already
Red Dot shafts to help with that kind of alignment. So, with this you
effectively allow a centerball hit to be up to 1/2 tip off center and still
get a centerball hit. Granted, this would effectively negate left and right
english unless you rotate the shaft, but it would allowing typical follow
and draw shots. More importantly, as you move further from horizontal
centerline, any deviation off the vertical centerline is exaggerated. With
a Rolling Pin tip shape, this problem is largely negated.
Anybody ever do any theoretical assessment of this? Is something like this
even legal? Other than the obvious sacrificing of side-spin, is there a
practical reason not to do something like this?