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Taper refers to how the shaft of the cue becomes thicker towards the joint of the cue. In general, there are two types of taper: conical and pro. Conical taper means the shaft smoothly tapers from the fat end to the skinny end, like a cone. Most “house cues” have a conical taper. Pro taper means the shaft is one constant diameter 12 to 14 inches from the tip and and then begins to cone out toward the joint. This allows the player to have a bridge that doesn't interfere with the stroke or the tip position at impact. A conical taper shaft will cause the tip to rise a bit as it moves forward and thicker portions of the shaft cross the bridge.

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19.12

It is widely known that most of the performance of a pool cue lies in the shaft and the first six inches are especially important. At the very end of this most important area is the pool cue tip. This is where “the rubber hits the road” so to speak. The pool cue tip is where the energy from your pool cue is transferred to the cue ball (with a little friction help from chalk) to create the desired results of accuracy, speed, and spin. Because of how much effect a tip can have on your game, it is important to choose the right one.

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14.12

"Uncovering the Cue Mysteries" from the June 1999 edition of Billiards Digest, is an older, but still relevant and interesting, look at the physics of what happens when the cue strikes a ball.

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