When the cue hits a ball, much of pressure is transferred to the ferrule which is a band of plastic, metal, or ivory around the edge of the pool cue. The break cues are much more susceptible to ferrule problems that cues in other areas of the game. Royal Snooker.com advises you to check the ferrule each time you replace the tip. You can either glue the ferrule back into place, or you could replace it. Billiard players may also change ferrules which have become stained by pool chalk.
It can be challenging to get rid of an old ferrule if it is held in place by glue. A ferrule that is not in use can be easily removed. You can remove the ferrule from the cue by turning a lathe. Remove the ferrule without severing any other wood.
Ferrule is the metal, plastic or ivory strip that runs around the tip of the pool cue and absorbs most of the pressure as the cue hits a ball.
- If the ferrule is attached solidly to the cue, you can use a lathe for cutting it out.
Any glue that remains on the cue’s wood should be sanded off. As little as possible is removed, but enough to allow the ferrule’s smooth slide on the cue. The ferrule won’t fit well if there is too much wood removed. It will also be more difficult to align with the cue body.
Any glue that remains on the wood cue should be sanded off.
- As little as possible, but still provide a smooth surface that allows the ferrules to glide onto the cue.
You can replace the ferrule by one that is similar to, or even identical, the one you have removed. As with cues or ferrules there are many diameters. You can alter the size and material of the ferrule to change its balance.
Use super glue for gluing the ferrule to its place. Let the ferrule dry completely before you sand off any glue that might have leaked from the joints.
Pool cues with high end features often come with spare parts when they are new. This spare ferrule will match the one that was originally attached to your pool cue. It won’t impact the cue balance. It can be challenging to replace a pool cue ferrule. You might be better off practicing the steps on an older pool cue than on a prized stick.
Some cues from the past have ivory ferrules. If the ferrule was replaced with plastic, it would probably reduce its value as a collector’s cue.