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  • ADR147
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    Originally posted by trying View Post

    Works well. It's indicative. Saves fitting a softer or harder tip.
    Years ago I tried to put a number to every sort of tip but I felt the numbers were deceptive.

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  • trying
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    Originally posted by ADR147 View Post

    A hardness meter does not really work for tips because what we really mean is not about hardness it is about grip.
    Works well. It's indicative. Saves fitting a softer or harder tip.

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  • bobmikeking
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    What sort of process is used on leather that will be used to make tips? Is it dried or veg tanned or....?
    Last edited by bobmikeking; Yesterday, 08:25 PM.

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  • ADR147
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    Originally posted by trying View Post
    I don't play enough to keep experimenting with different tips, just want to enjoy playing.

    I've tried a few but ended up back with Elk.

    I do however check the hardness.

    My reference was an Elk that measured 75 on a hardness tester that I have in the workshop. As I say I tried various and of those found that I was as happy with a Century G3 which also measured 75 - it played similarly, held chalk similarly etc. But given the price I'd rather stick with old faithful Elks and just check the hardness.

    The bottom line though is that different players will prefer different tips (and chalk and cues) over others and just becuase one person likes it doesn't make it best.
    A hardness meter does not really work for tips because what we really mean is not about hardness it is about grip.

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  • trying
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    I don't play enough to keep experimenting with different tips, just want to enjoy playing.

    I've tried a few but ended up back with Elk.

    I do however check the hardness.

    My reference was an Elk that measured 75 on a hardness tester that I have in the workshop. As I say I tried various and of those found that I was as happy with a Century G3 which also measured 75 - it played similarly, held chalk similarly etc. But given the price I'd rather stick with old faithful Elks and just check the hardness.

    The bottom line though is that different players will prefer different tips (and chalk and cues) over others and just becuase one person likes it doesn't make it best.

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  • ADR147
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    Originally posted by bobmikeking View Post

    Could very well be the case, it seems that the only player that might actually be getting some sort of paycheck from Century is Selby. He is listed as an official brand ambassador. It seems a bit crazy to me how happy some of the players are to promote brands in exchange for some free low cost products.
    I think there is some cash involved....

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  • neil taperell
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    If they are going back to Elks , I would like to see someone slip on either an MW or ADR tip and see if they could tell the difference .

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  • Cue crafty
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    Originally posted by bobmikeking View Post
    From the few players that I have seen that were asked if they were using the pro elks all said no, just the standard ones.
    I always figured that the only difference between the standard elks and the pro version is that they have been hardness tested?

    Kyren Wilson back using the triangle chalk for a while now, is he the first top player that used taom for a long period to switch back?
    Wonder if he has gone back to elk tips as well
    That was my understanding on the pro Elks too, but have to say although I've only bought one, they look different too, greyer in colour.

    I guess to an extent we have all been hoodwinked by manufacturers marketing, when at the end of the day cheap Elks and Basic cheap Triangle chalk is still the choice of some of the best in the game... Who are we to disagree?

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  • Cue crafty
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    So Judd just seemed to confirm that he is using Elks too and interestingly seems to make them last a long time considering how he strikes the ball.

    Loving the the tip talk with Andy Goldstein and Jimmy, good to see a hot amateur topic picked up and discussed in this way on TV.

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  • bobmikeking
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    From the few players that I have seen that were asked if they were using the pro elks all said no, just the standard ones.
    I always figured that the only difference between the standard elks and the pro version is that they have been hardness tested?

    Kyren Wilson back using the triangle chalk for a while now, is he the first top player that used taom for a long period to switch back?
    Wonder if he has gone back to elk tips as well
    Last edited by bobmikeking; 14th November 2019, 08:10 PM.

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  • Cue crafty
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    So it seems many are returning to Elks, Jimmy just said he's tried many on the market but has gone back to Elks. I wonder if they use the Elk pro's or bog standard Elks?!? In my experience anything in snooker with "pro" written on it is ****e, bit like the Triangle pro chalk for eg.

    I do do really like the dependable quality and consistency of Century tips at the moment, and I can't be doing with any more trial and error with Elks or others as I just don't have time to burn on that one.

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  • DeanH
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    last I heard he used Elk as well but that was some time ago

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  • mike1234
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    Originally posted by bobmikeking View Post
    Ronnie recently said that he uses Elk because it is the only tip that you can play every shot with. With other tips he says you have to compromise on the way you play some shots because of the tip.
    What do you guys think about this?

    He also said that when he has a duff tip on he just runs it anyway
    Yes, and Ronnie also said that "*Most try different tips but then they always seem to come back to Elks"! And Jimmy White agreed with him, in that interview. Given that there will always be a small percent of pros using laminated tips or others.
    Ps. * Ronnie is talking about pros here, and not club players of course.

    Anyone know what tip Mark Allen uses? Makes a "crisp, klinky" decent sound, considering he rarely hits the ball hard?

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  • neil taperell
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    Used to be a bulk standard elk .

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  • Delphi
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    Can anyone tell me what type cue tips and softness JP puts on his cues by default?

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