I prefer a straight tip peg with a cue tip end. The mushroom tips play easy and are more uniformed for the playing surface for the average or new player. When I play, I roll my striker from the flat tip onto the curved edge of the tip, but that's just me. I like them for doing the cutts, they produce a nice sharp loud cutt, and I've never been able to get that with a mushroom tip striker? All though some guys can, it depends on how you play?