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By Jeanette Lee
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November: Tips & Goals
November 2011
Q. What is the best shape on the cue tip for control, a nickel or dime shape?
Tony Z.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.

A. I really believe that the shape of your tip is entirely a matter of personal preference. Typically, those who use more English on the cue ball require a rounder tip (close to the curvature of a dime) to impart more spin. Those who are less experienced with using a lot of spin, meanwhile, should probably stick to a nickel shape.

Q. When you start losing your desire to play pool, what's the best way to get your interest back?
Mister G.; Blandon, Pa.

A. I don't know about you, but I'm extremely competitive. All I have to do is play a strong player, and make up my mind what's going to happen. If he's better than me, I'm going to beat them. If my opponent is a little weaker than me, I'm going to decide how badly I'm going to beat them. I never do as well as I'd like, and that really lights a fire under my butt! Set regular goals in everything you do - no matter if it's drills or match play -and strive to improve them.