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

 Lesson 3: Follow / Foward Action
Foward Momentum
After learning center-ball and draw you should be ready to learn follow. Whereas draw will try and bring the cue-ball backwards, follow will try and allow the cue-ball to continue foward. Follow is a more natural ability for the cue-ball because it is already heading foward. Even though the effect of follow can be applied using a center-ball or draw stroke, this lesson will focus on applying follow by hitting the cue-ball above center, (vertically).
It is very important to keep the cue/stick level when attempting to use follow. The main goal, and most frequent use of follow is to allow the cue-ball to continue foward 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 follow shot. As the cue-ball looses speed, the action on the balls will vary depending on how much foward rpm is left in the cue-ball.
There are a few important things to know / remember when stroking the cue ball above 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 follow puts only the bottom 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 the balls is long.


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