Have you ever wondered how the professional players have such pinpoint control of where the cue ball goes?
They make it look effortless. There are a few basic principles but one main concept which is stroke. Think back to the last pool match you watched where the player had really good cue ball control. Now think about the stroke speed on the majority of their shots. I’m willing to bet it looked like the same stroke and same speed. This is the key to controlling the cue ball.
Stop shots are the starting point from which I base everything about cue ball control.
For my stroke, tip and conditions I play under there is an underlying rule for stop shots. This rule is every one diamond I am away from the object ball, I drop my tip position ¼ tip lower. Practice this and see if it works for you.
Shoot three to five stop shots from one diamond away and cue approximately ¼ tip below center. Then repeat from two diamonds away and ½ tip below center.
Play around with this but remember to stroke the same speed and follow through on all the shots.
The tangent line is easy to find because it is 90 degrees from the line of the shot. Practice many different cut shots with a stop shot, but predict where on the rail the ball will hit.
A little practice will show that you can hit within six inches of your aim point on the rail. The reason this varies several inches either way is due to what part of the pocket