The cue tip is the hammer behind every shot. It affects touch, backspin, accuracy, precision, and consistent smoothness of stroke. It is truly the "nerve center" of your cue. When not in use, it should never be left unprotected. The slightest ding can destroy its effectiveness. Whether left in a case or placed on a rack, a cue tip should always be covered and protected. This will not only keep your tip in championship condition, it will keep your case-- and your cue-- free of unwanted chalk dust. Cue shaft installed with a protector is also easiler to remove from the cue case. No more turning over the cue case to get the shaft out.