This is probably one of the most intimidating parts of maintaining your pool cue. It really isn’t that hard, as you’re just cutting off the old tip and gluing on a new one, but if you don’t do it right, you can do some serious damage to your cue. If you’re looking to replace your own pool cue tip, I highly recommend Terry Macioge’s excellent book “How to Tip a Pool Cue“. The book goes into great detail discussing not only how to replace your tip, but also discusses how to shape, scuff and even select the right tip for you.
Of all the parts of the pool cue, the joint is the one that is the most prone to damage. As it is the only “open” area of the cue, your pool cue joint can easily get lint, chalk residue or other debris in it, especially from your pool cue case. Just think about how much gunk is in the bottom of your case from your pool cue tip. Also, consider the fact that your joint is more susceptible to moisture damage than any other part of your cue. Joint protectors create a seal on your joint to keep moisture out.
When you consider the fact that you’re spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your pool cue, there really isn’t any reason to not spend a few bucks on a set of joint protectors. You can get a set of Action joint caps for $12.95 and they’ll fit most cues or you can spend a few bucks more and get some exotic wood joint protectors like these birdseye maple joint caps to match the wood in your cue.
PoolDawg currently offers over 20 different styles of joint protectors. Just click the link below to see them all.