Fish of the Day
If what you decribed of the CB "pushing" the shaft away from it is what was occurring, then high speed video should show the "pushing away" as happening "during" contact instead of after contact.
That's what it shows.
... For instance, much of the sideways deflection of the shaft happens after the cue ball is gone - you can see this in high speed videos.
Patrick you should really make up your mind which one it is. Either the deflection is shown to be during contact or after contact. You can't have it both ways depending on what you're arguing for or against.
Jaden, you should really read more carefully. Shaft deflection "happens" both during and after contact with the ball, but the ball is "pushing" the shaft only during contact (of course).