A billiard follow shot technique is essential in cue ball control. The billiard follow shot is essentially a contact of the cue ball by the cue tip in a spot that is slightly above the cue ball's center line. The billiard follow shot is the opposite of the billiard draw shot. The follow shot essentially puts a forward spin on the cue ball.
Billiard Follow Shot Techniques
When the cue ball is hit above it's center line, as in a follow shot, the cue ball will travel at an angle less than 90 degrees from the direction of the object ball after the two collide. This will of course vary with the degree of "follow" or "top-spin" that is used as well as with the amount of cut or angle used in the shot.
With a billiard follow shot, the direction of the cue ball after contact increases toward 90 degrees as the angle of the "cut" increases. Likewise, the opposite of this is also true. This means that there is a high degree of risk for a scratch while using billiard follow shots without any "cut" put in to the shot. This is because the direction of the cue ball after contact decreases toward 0 degrees as the angle of the "cut" decreases.
Video on How to do a Follow Shot
Video courtesy of Brunswick Billiards and Ewa Laurance.