How to Re-Tip a Snooker Cue

Updated April 17, 2017

You've probably hit that important shot that would win the game, only to see the ball trickle off in the wrong direction because the cue tip wasn't perfectly straight. Even for amateurs and beginners, it's essential that a snooker cue tip is firmly in place, ensuring good contact with the ball and a straight shot. Replacing a snooker cue tip saves you money compared to buying a new cue and can get you back on the table faster.

Push the blade of the knife gently under the bottom part of the tip, where the metal section joins it, to remove the old tip from the cue. The resistance will depend on when it was last replaced and how much glue was used.

Rub the sandpaper gently along the top of the shaft to remove any remaining parts of the old tip and excess glue. This provides a nice flat base for the new tip to stick against. Avoid rubbing it too hard as this may inadvertently scratch the top of the metal section, causing unevenness.

Rub the bottom part of the new tip to ensure that it's flat and that no debris has stuck to it.

Apply the glue to the end of the cue using enough to cover the whole surface. Then quickly press the new tip onto the cue, wiping any excess glue that is forced out under the pressure. Turn the cue upside-down and push it downwards onto some flat ground for one minute to ensure a strong hold. Flip the cue back upright and leave it for another five minutes to let the glue completely dry.

Turn the cue upside down again and shape the end of the tip using the knife. With the tip firmly pressed against a flat surface, cut the overlapping parts of the tip, pushing the knife away from you and into the ground. Turn the cue around slightly as you work your way around all sides.

Smooth the outside parts of the tip with the sandpaper until you have a smooth, even finish.


When trimming the tip, don't cut into cue and damage it. If someone else is available, get him to hold the cue while you trim the tip to provide additional balance.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue
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Jon Ireland started writing professionally in 2010 by doing freelance work at the BBC in London. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Kent before gaining a Master of Arts in European public policy from Kings College, London.