At pooldawg.com we carry a variety of different tip brands that range anywhere from LePro tips, to Tiger brand cue tips, and even the Moori cue tips. For most pool cues, the standard tip is going to be 13mm and medium to medium hard. Tip variations range from soft to hard and from 10mm for snooker cues to 14mm. The most frequent tip question that we get is, “What is the difference between hard and soft tips?” Here is some information to help you decide what tip is best for you.
Soft tip brands are usually Elk Master, Moori, Tiger Laminated tips. Soft tips are more likely to mushroom than hard tips, which will require more maintenance and replacing them more frequently than harder tips. However, they do retain chalk much better than hard tips. With a softer tip it can be said that the tip allows for greater contact with the cue ball providing more control and action. It is also though to give the cue ball better English. The soft tips are also easier to scuff than a hard tip.
The most common brands of hard tips are Water Buffalo, Triangle, and either the Tiger Dynamite or Sniper tip. Typically with a hard tip you will not have to replace them as often as a soft tip. However, you will have to scuff and chalk a hard tip more than a soft tip. The benefits of having a hard tip is that they will give you more consistency, a longer and better arc, and will control the contact with the cue ball better than soft tips.
Also for the harder the tip the more of a finesse player you should be. All of these types of tips that range from hard to soft can be found at pooldawg.com. If you are interested in the best of both worlds try a medium tip like the Tiger Everest or the Triumph cue tip.Google+