How hard are some tip brands relative to others?

See tip hardness effects for background information.

Here is a very thorough chart of tip types and hardnesses for a wide assortment of brands (from jschelin99 on AZB)

Here is a summary of some durometer hardness test results from FLYINGSNAIL on AZB.

SAMSARA JUMP – 86.0
BLACK DIAMOND – 81.0
SUPERPRO – 81.0
WB USA – 77.0
BLUE ELF – 76.0
LePRO – 74.5
TALISMAN – (M) 70.5
TAD – (M) 75.0
TRIANGLE – 73.5
BLUE MILK DUDS – 73.0-74.0
KAMUI – (H. BROWN) 73.5; (M. BROWN) 71.0; (S. BROWN) 62.5; (H. BLACK) 73.5; (M. BLACK) 72.5; (S. BLACK) 62.0
MORRI – (1ST GEN. WITH “S” ONLY) 62.0; (2ND GEN. SOFT) 71.0; (OLD MEDIUM) 77.0; (M III) 75.0
TRIUMPH – 70.0
BLACK KING – (S) 65.5 (M) 67.5 (H) 70.5
TIGER SNIPER – 67.0
BAMMA – 66.0
OLD ELK MASTER ORIGINAL – 65.0

and here’s a buying guide (with some useful info) available from PoolDawg, including a large set of hardness data for most-commonly-used tips.

See the cue tip hardness effects page for info on how to select the right tip for your game.

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