The closest analogy in other sports that I know of is putting in golf. Everybody looks at the target when putting. ...
You are right of course, I can't imagine why I wrote that. Most golfers look at the ball when putting, most pool players look at the OB.If by "target" you mean the cup or a spot on the green, that's not true. The vast majority of golfers are looking at the golf ball when they hit it, not at the target for the golf ball.
Good point. When ever I do shoot OB last, I look down the shot line and not at the contact point. For the most part, they are different and may lead to steering.
Ok, I thought everyone looked at the object ball until tonight. But I just got back from my friend's house and I was talking about how I have trouble drawing the ball. He watched me shoot and said I was elevating my cue at the last second. I said something about it being hard to aim my stick on such a thin part of the cue ball while not looking at it and he looked at me like I was crazy and said I should look at the cue ball. So I did that and it turns out I can draw the cueball but now I can't make the shots since my eyes aren't on the object ball! I guess it will just take practice.
There you have it, Efren and Shane both said OB.
I realized as I played this evening that I don't stay focused on either, and that's a fundamental problem I need to work out.
As I take my practice strokes, I'm on the CB, but it's only has I'm stroking forward for the shot that I transition to the OB. I tend to look up or lift up a bit on some shots as a result.
Got me curious as to when to transition.
After your practice strokes, your tip should be near the cb, and when you pull back for the "shot", that is a very good time to start looking at the ob.
Some folks wait until they bring the cue tip all the way back to their bridge hand, as it gives them a chance to "pause" a little, and then look at ob and fire away.
Either works just fine, need to practice both to see what you like best.