I recieved the hard and medium Talisman tips today. I put the *** a
break shaft and the medium on one of my shooting shafts. So far, I'm
impressed. Both tips trimmed fairly easily. Since they came domed, I
didn't do a lot of shaping on the J/B shaft, but left it relatively flat,
less than a nickel radius. I shaped the shooting cue to a dime radius, and
it was about like shaping a Hercules. I was especially impressed with how
beautifully they burnished. With a little spit and a Porper tip burnisher,
I got a beautiful shined finish.
I've only had a couple of hours to shoot with them, but I like them so far.
The cue ball action is excellent, atleast as good as anything else I've
tried. Not enough time on them yet to determine how well the dime radius
will hold up, but I shot some very hard shots, and see no evidence of
flattening so far. Seems to take and hold chalk fairly well for harder
I shoot the same test shots with all the tips I try, and found a table
length draw shot to be pretty effortless, with a very straight draw. I put
an object ball at the first diamond from a corner pocket, the cue ball at
the second diamond, and a second object ball in the jaws of the corner at
the other end. I was able to draw and drop the second object ball on 5
consecutive tries. Shooting with english seems to get some pretty fast
action onto the cue ball. I was over shooting some of my test shots until I
adjusted my stroke a little. All in all, I think I like these tips. One of
these days, I may have to try a Mori to see what all the fuss is about.
Bob Johnson, Denver, Co.
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