I have not posted much in a long time but I must have 30 posts on the cue ball and control, this is a repeat I am sure. I'll just call this number 31. If you want to be a player , strike the cue ball everywhere on the face. If you are gun shy then accept your level of play and go bowling. There is nothing wrong with playing center cue ball, just 99 out of 99 great players use english, center included, and the percent may be higher than that.
You must be able to do it all, all of it, the whole Enchilada.
THE CUE BALL, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CUE BALL, everything else is secondary and is easily learned compared to the cue ball.
Straight stroke and cue ball knowledge and you have a winner winner lobster dinner.
Its the cue ball, the other balls are pretty in color, nice and shiney, and get in your way of moving the cue ball around the table, sometimes 2 inches, sometimes 18 ft.
You play pool with the cue ball while you solve puzzles with those 15 pretty colored balls. You should wake up in the morning and hug the cue ball, hug it, put it against your neck and say I love you cue ball.
Pocketing, aiming, banks,kicks, stance, eyes, games ,feet, patterns, systems, etc. are easy peasey to learn compared to the cue ball. Probably 95% of that you can get out of any book or the internet 100 times over. You can learn it in a few hours,,,even minutes. Practice !!!!
If you want to learn the cue ball more quickly get on a billiard table and play straight rail, 1,2,3 cushion billiards, eventually just playing 3 cushion. If a billiard table is not available then just use a 9 ft. table and deal with the pockets, you will cut your learning curve significantly.
You will learn every microdot there is to strike the cue ball clean and never think you will miscue as you slide out to the far edges. You will learn exactly how the cue ball will react with english, speed, and stroke technique. Shortening, sharpen and lengthen angles becomes no big deal. Your confidence will rise to the top as will your game. Once you play 3 cushion you may never want to play 9 ball again.
I believe playing inside the cueball, center, a notch left, right, a notch up and down , then sliding out to the edges to be the best approach .
It's a fairly easy concept to grasp but many people make it seem so difficult, like it's rocket science, it's not.
Straight stroke,shoot holes through the cue ball, solve puzzles.
Stroke speed is best learned in incriments of 3 and 4.
Learn to use the English ......PERIOD....more PERIODS......
Short stroke, mid stroke, and long stroke are a must to learn.
Of course Center and Stun goes without saying.
It all depends on how good you want to be.
Have a glass of water, add a lot of practice and English.
As was mentioned, it's left or right English, follow or draw.
And remember to hug your cue ball.
Forgive the rant,,it's blowing 30 in the wrong direction and I planned on fishing tonight.