Where is the best height to hit the cue ball for speed and distance control and consistency?

To help achieve the best speed and distance consistency, it is best to hit the CB at about 20% of the radius above the center (0.2R), which is about 60% of the total ball height (see “d” in the illustration below). For illustrations and explanations, see “The Lag Shot” (BD, October, 2011) and “How High or Low Should You Hit the Cue Ball?” (BD, September, 2011). Hitting above center can also result in a more accuracy with CB direction (see follow accuracy).

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