Appleton - ghostball (per a recent article of his in billiards digest)
Van boening - side of ferrule aiming (per his aiming video)
I understand what you are getting at regarding systems, that many of the best players use one, and I agree, but it also seemed like they were all lumped in with CTE by your post.
Lumped in your mind, there was no mention of CTE
LOL...they may think they are employing an aiming system...but they aren't. You can cover up half of the table with a curtain like cte demonstrates and still make the balls without any aiming system. With cte we are talking just center ball as well...which technically doesn't even exist. When you allow for deflection, swerve and throw, no aiming system is going to help you...its ridiculous. The people who use cte are probably the same people who use the diamonds as a reference...btw I agree that the diamonds should be removed...no need for them.
Actually I just ran a test. I was standing behind a shot...closed my eyes...dropped to the table with eyes closed...stroked and made the ball. This takes the "close your eyes" drill one step further because my eyes are closed before I even get down on the shot.
(see att for the shot)
I'll do a video if I have to, but if you try it you will see it's not that hard. Hey! I just created a new aiming system!
you may not think you're using an aiming system but you are. Everyone aims at something. Just because you don't believe it doesn't make it wrong for everyone else. Go ahead, make your video, it won't change my mind or anyone else.