How to replace a cue tip on a pool cue

Ferrule replacement


Pool is a beloved game for many people around the world. It requires skills, accuracy, and concentration. If you are an avid pool player, you might know how important it is to maintain your cue stick in good condition. The tip of a cue stick plays a crucial role in the game as it makes contact with the ball. Over time, the tip of a cue stick can become worn out or damaged, which can affect your game. In this article, we will discuss how to replace cue tips on pool cues.

Tools and Materials Required:

Before replacing the cue tip, you will need a few tools and materials. Here is a list of things you will need:

  1. A new cue tip (Choose the right size and hardness)
  2. Sharp blade or razor knife
  3. Sandpaper (400 grit)
  4. Super glue or contact cement
  5. Scissors

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Remove the old tip: Use a sharp blade or razor knife to remove the old tip. Cut around the circumference of the tip, making sure not to damage the ferrule (the white part of the cue stick that sits between the shaft and the tip).
  2. Clean the ferrule: Once the old tip is removed, clean the ferrule with a damp cloth to remove any debris or glue residue. Make sure the ferrule is dry before moving on to the next step.
  3. Select the new tip: Choose the right size and hardness of the cue tip according to your playing style and preferences. Cut the tip to the desired size with scissors, making sure it is slightly bigger than the ferrule.
  4. Sand the tip: Use sandpaper (400 grit) to shape the tip and make it rougher. This will help the glue to adhere to the tip better. Use a circular motion to sand the tip evenly, and make sure the edges are smooth.
  5. Glue the tip: Apply a small amount of super glue or contact cement to the top of the ferrule, and then press the new tip onto the ferrule. Hold the tip in place for a few seconds until the glue dries. Make sure the tip is centered on the ferrule and straight.
  6. Trim the tip: Use a sharp blade or razor knife to trim the excess tip. Hold the blade at a 45-degree angle and carefully cut the excess tip to match the shape of the ferrule.
  7. Shape the tip: Use sandpaper (400 grit) to shape the tip to the desired curvature. Use a circular motion and apply even pressure. Make sure the edges are smooth and there are no flat spots.


Replacing cue tips on pool cues is a simple process that can improve your game. It is important to choose the right size and hardness of the tip and follow the steps carefully to ensure a perfect fit. By following these steps, you can easily replace the cue tip yourself and enjoy a smoother and more accurate shot. Always remember to take good care of your cue stick to ensure it lasts for many years to come.

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