Tuition: Cue-Ball Control
Andrew Ramsay's guide to the most popular tips and how to fit them professionally. (pdf file)
BEFORE DISCUSSING CUE-BALL CONTROL THE SHAPE OF THE TIP MUST BE CONSIDERED
In order to control the cue-ball a properly shaped tip must be used. It allows the cue-ball to be struck far more accurately.
The cues on the left have square flattened tips, while the cues on the right have tips which have been shaped into a dome.
Notice how the lefthand cue moves across the ball, but only contacts the centre; and how the righthand cue is able to strike the cue-ball at any point within the same range.
These striking positions give experienced players far more control, and are used to great effect in both the 'stun' and long distance power shots.
The cues at the top of the diagram again illustrate why the flattened tip should not be used. The domed tip of the righthand cue allows more of the surface area to contact the ball; but as the lefthand cue moves away from the centre, only the edge of the tip can make contact, making a miscue far more likely.
The lines emanating from the centre of the cue-ball show where the centre of the tip should make contact for the following effects:-
= Top Right-hand Side.
= Right-hand Side.
= Bottom Right-hand Side.
= Bottom Left-hand Side.
= Left-hand Side.
= Top Left-hand Side.