How do you achieve good follow? Simply put, keep your hands loose, increase the distance between your hand and a cue ball by a little bit, and hit it higher than normal to make the cue ball travel forward. When executing a follow shot, don’t try to hit the cue ball harder than normal, instead, concentrate more on the amount of follow you have put. This rule can be broken if you want to break a cluster of balls, which is an advanced concept, and if you are a beginner level player, you can just skip it for now. I will try and put an article on the high force cluster breaking shot after potting the black with follow, and some other cases as well, in a few days. You can check it if you think that you know all the basic shots, and your game is good enough to move on. For now, you can look at the following images –>
The shot below is a straight forward hit on the blue to cause it to go into the center pocket. Try this shot at different speeds and different amount of follow, to cause it to just land in the pocket. Use good high english and low speed, medium high english and medium speed, and just a little high english and high speed. The next step would be to try out this shot with various other balls on the table. You can start by going in-off with the green in one of the bottom corner pockets.
|High english and medium to low speed on the cue ball causes
it to go into the pocket with ease
|An angled follow shot in which the CB will travel towards the baulk.|
|An angled follow shot in which the CB will travel towards the reds.|
|Play this shot with high follow, medium-high to high speed
and high english, maybe even a bit of right hand english
if the cut is at an angle which causes it to miss the reds long.
- Use high follow and high speed in situations when you have to make the CB travel multiple rails, and / or break a cluster of balls.
- Use high follow and low to medium speed in situations when you want to ensure that the cue ball doesn’t stun or stun run through, but follows like it naturally should.
- Use medium follow and medium speed when you want the CB to travel medium distances, maybe even with a little bit of stun run through.
- Use low follow and medium to high speed for a stun run through.