Today I’m showing you how a force follow shot looks – what exactly happens with the cue ball and how to play it. Before we start the lesson, a short hint: From time to time, I post so-called “What would you do” riddles on Facebook, where you can discuss and upload videos of you performing a shot in a certain situation. Towards the end of this lesson, I will give you a possible solution to the scenario, but now let’s start with the actual lesson. You may know my video “You are playing this shot wrong”, where I showed you how to play a ball that’s hanging in the pocket. I told you just to hit it thin with no spin and use the natural path of the cue ball instead of going a complicated way. I’ll set the shot up again and try to repeat it. I play the shot hard enough so that the cue ball should easily go up-table. But somehow the cue ball still does not have enough speed to go up-table. Look at the reaction of the cue ball again and try to analyze what went wrong. The problem with my shot wasn’t the speed. I accidentally played a tiny force follow shot. That means that I hit high on the cue ball and played a follow shot. On follow shots, the cue ball usually (of course) follows, but in this shot there is no place to follow because right after hitting the object ball, I’m already hitting the rail. So, the problem is that the cue ball still has follow on it. and the force of the follow is always in the direction where we’re aiming. So in this case, the cue ball still wants to go in this direction after hitting the rail, and that’s why it gets so slow. Look at the same shot if I follow even more: The cue ball has so much follow on it that it seems to just stop magically. Let’s take a closer look in a slo-mo video: You see, after hitting the rail, we still have that forward rotation that causes the cue ball to stop. So to play the shot successfully, we don’t add follow to the cue ball. We hit center-ball, maybe with a touch of outside English, and just control the path of the cue ball with the cutting angle. Well, in the first example, the force follow was something bad for us, but there are some situations where this shot is very powerful. We are playing ten ball and have the wrong angle on the nine ball. We can’t cheat the pocket because we would miss. So here we are using the force follow shot to get position. And of course, there are other ways to get position, but this video is about force follow. We are aiming high on the cue ball, with maybe a touch of left English. Then we hit pretty hard and follow through the cue ball, and the cue ball bounces off the rail, then the force follow grabs on the table and brings us down table. Or here, we have another situation: We have the wrong angle. So, we just force follow the cue ball to get position for the eight ball. Or another example, where we (of course) could play a stop shot… but, to be honest, the force follow shot just looks great. And here we have another situation that is a little trickier than the other ones. We are playing eight ball. Our last solid is hanging over the pocket and we have to get position for the eight. But, there are a lot of balls in the way. You had very good ideas about how to play the shot. One of them was to hit the two ball very thin and go one rail towards the eight ball. I made this shot on my second attempt. Another idea was the four-railer. You just have to be a little careful with the side pocket. So, I would probably prefer the one rail position, even if I made this shot on my first attempt. But, as you may expect, there is a solution that has something to do with force follow. And some of you suggested the force follow shot without knowing about this lesson. Here you can see a kind of force follow shot that holds the cue ball with a shot on the eight ball. And here you can see the shot with more force follow. That’s also what I did to get position for the eight ball. It took me four attempts for that shot. So you see, it looks great and can bring you great results, but it’s not an easy or controllable shot. Thanks for your videos and your comments, guys. Before I show you two famous force follow shots, let’s talk quickly about that shot. If you want to play that kind of shot, the object ball has to be pretty close to the rail and you have to be able to play a really strong follow shot. To do this, you have to aim very high on the cue ball and follow through the cue ball. The force follow shot is really hard to calculate. The situation where we were playing eight ball, for example, was a really tough shot to execute. Now I’m showing you two examples: Just look at the reaction of the cue ball. It’s just amazing what Efren can do on purpose on his first attempt with the cue ball. And look how far away the six ball was from the rail. It was just an amazing shot. Here we have Alex Pagulayan. He hits the two ball fully and stops the cue ball with a little bit of force follow to hide behind the nine ball. It doesn’t look as spectacular as Efren’s shot, but believe me that was a very tough shot and was executed to perfection by Alex. Well, that’s it for today. Just try it by yourself. It’s a really fun type of shot. And let me know – Did you already know this type of shot and have you used it successfully in a big match? Just leave me a comment. Thanks for watching, guys. We’ll see you at the next lesson. Take care.