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Aiming the Cue Ball and the "Ghost Ball"

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The contact point is not the whole story
Aiming the Cue Ball and the

The contact point can actually throw the shot off

Photo (c) Matt Sherman 2008, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Many players aim the cue ball to strike the point opposite the pocket suggested by the line of aim.

Unfortunately, this frequently causes an error when the cue ball is not able to reach the position via the shortest possible line. The next photo demonstrates an aiming method the pros suggest.

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