Welcome to the billiards world of the unseen.
This is part 1 of our new microscopic billiards series.
When you’re busy playing a game there’s no more that a little thought that goes towards the humble pool cue tip. The poor tip is relegated to the back of your mind as you waltz around the table, yet remain so reliant on its performance.
Take a look at the image. This is an image looking down onto a tip from above, scanned at x32 on an electron microscope. Its amazing to see such detail. Notice all the tiny cracks on the fibrous surface. This is the bare surface of which the chalk will adhere to. The chalk acts to keep these fibers from being impacted, thus keeping friction between cuetip and ball. If you’re a greatly visual person like me then this post will help you to think why chalking needs to take place. Next time spare a thought for the humble tip.
Image courtesy of www.8ballsecrets.com