Cue-Ball Basics
Lesson 1 (center)
Lesson 2 (draw)
Lesson 3 (follow)

 Lesson 2: Draw / Reverse Action
Drawing The Cue-ball Backwards
Once you understand the concept of hitting the cue-ball at center, it is time to move on. Hitting the cue-ball in different areas will have differing effects on the cue-ball and the object ball.
Hitting below center, (vertically), and keeping the cue/stick level is the basic rule for applying draw. The main goal, and most frequent use of draw is to bring the cue-ball backwards after contact with the object ball.
The distance between the cue-ball and the object ball will have to be considered when you attempt to make a draw shot. A large distance between balls will require a harder stroke. A harder stroke is necessary because as the cue-ball travels down the table is starts to lose it's backspin, slides, and then starts to pick-up a foward roll. Not hitting hard enough could actually cause the reverse affect that was originally intended, having the cue-ball follow the object ball instead of returning it in your direction.
There are a few important things to know / remember when stroking the cue ball below center...
The chances of miss cueing are greatly increased. This is because less of your tip will be making contact with the cue-ball and there is a greater chance of your tip sliding off. Remember that the cue-ball is circular and using extreme draw puts only the top part of your tip in contact with the cue-ball.
The speed at which you hit the cue-ball and the distance between the cue-ball and the object ball will have an affect on the object ball and the path that the cue-ball will take after contact.
Not hitting the object ball dead on with the cue-ball will effect the paths of both balls as well. Hitting an object ball a little off center will put some side spin on the cue-ball. Also, it will give the object ball a little throw, which is generated from the friction caused by the cue-ball. This is an important concept to take into consideration when attempting to make extreme cut shots.
Note: It is important to remember that when you are practicing, stroking the cue-ball at different speeds can have completely different effects. This is especially true when the distance between balls is large. The cue-ball will pick up some follow and actually start spinning foward after contact with the object ball.


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