Click to play our newest game, yahtzee!


How to Repair a Pool Cue Tip

Pool cue with a new tip.
Pool stick and cue ball image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com

If you enjoy playing pool and have played for any length of time, you have probably experienced the unpleasant challenge of playing with a pool cue tip that has flattened out or, even worse, a tip that has come off of the pool cue. Knowing how to repair your pool cue tip could come in very handy in times like these. It is actually a very simple thing to repair.

Remove the old pool cue tip completely from the pool cue with a sharp knife and make sure all remnants of the old tip are gone from the ferule or ivory cap at the end of the pool cue. Dab a small amount of nail polish remover on a paper towel and clean the ferrule of the pool cue, removing any dirt or old glue.

Place a small drop of super glue on the base of the new pool cue tip and glue the tip to the pool cue ferrule. Hold the tip securely in place until it has enough time to dry.

Place a small amount of nail polish remover on your paper towel and clean the ferrule of any excess glue by carefully starting at the top of the ferrule and cleaning down away from the tip. Be careful not to get any nail polish remover on the tip.

Place a pool tip clamp over the top of the new tip and secure the clamp by pushing the pressure clips down over the sides of the clamp. Put the pool stick with the clamp on it in a safe place and let it sit for about an hour. Note: Do not lean the stick up against the clamp.

Remove the tip clamp and check the tip by trying to move it from side to side. If you are satisfied that the tip is secure, use a sharp knife to trim the tip and then prime it with plenty of new chalk. You're ready for the next challenge.

Things You'll Need:

  • Utility or X-acto knife
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paper towel
  • Pool cue tip
  • Emery board
  • Super glue
  • Pool tip clamp


Pool cue tips come in different sizes. You need to know the size that will fit your pool cue. Sizes range from 12mm to 14mm with the standard size being 13mm.


  • Do not use a pool cue tip that is too small as it can break the pool cue.
Our Passtimes