Having to re-tip your pool or snooker cue can be quite difficult if you don’t really know what your doing; however with this simple step by step guide you’ll be ready to play snooker or pool in no time.


  1. Cut off your old cue tip using a Stanley or craft knife and scrape away an remnants of hide or glue.
  2. Ensure that the top of the pool or snooker cue shaft at the ferrule point is perfectly level. Use a flat sander or file but make sure you do not file the ferrule itself.
  3. Roughen the back of the new cue tip slightly using abrasive paper on a flat surface.
  4. There are a number of tip cement on the market, the most famous being Tweeten ten minute tip cement however a number of manufacturers and repairers recommend two part epoxy resin based glues or even superglue if you are in a hurry.
  5. Apply the glue to both the cue and the tip and the gently place the tip onto the cue to even up.
  6. Once clamped wipe away any excess glue before it goes off.
  7. Once completely dried turn the snooker cue upside down, place the cue tip down on a wooden board and trim off any excess glue or hide with a craft knife and then use a file to to ensure that the tip is perfectly round and flush with the ferrule.
  8. You then need to shape the cue tip. It is advisable to use either a file or shaper, rubbing from the centre of the tip to the outside edge to form a dome. You do need to ensure that the tip becomes rough to allow for maximum chalk adherence whilst also making sure that the dome is even.
  9. Using a superfine abrasive paper rub gently around the outside edge of the tip smoothing it against the ferrule ensuring not to damage the ferrule or to touch the wood of the shaft.
  10. Your snooker cue tip is now finished and ready to chalk up and play.

Top tip

Most people also prefer to use a tip clamp to ensure the tip is pressed tight against the cue and fixed firmly, the clamp also assists in holding the tip as you will need to leave it in place whilst the glue sets.

There are a number of different tip clamps on the market from boxwood, nylon or metal.

We would advise you to take care if using the metal type not to clamp to tightly as it is possible to dent or scratch the cue shaft.

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