Most of the good players I watch stroke the ball nicely. They still power the odd shot, when they have an awkward lie and need to gain position to pot the next ball. But overall
slammers might as well stay with a stiff shaft
That is the case alright. I'm still learning. But the shafts I'm using as one older chap said make the job look that much easier. I was chuffed when he said that because he said it in front of some very good players.
I'm gobsmacked at the lengths that cuemakers aand builders are going to such painful lengths to keep the frontend weight of the cue tip down such as drilling out the front end and inserting lighter timber such as yellow cedar.
I'm only really starting to come to grips with the discovery I've made with this timber silky oak.
You are right with what you say here too Mick
you have to be more precise where you hit the CB so you don't get unintended side spin
This is exactly what I'm saying. Good well designed shafts or timbers that are light in the tipend help you to exert more spin by transfering that spin by hitting the cue ball less off centre ie 1mm off centre will give you the same spin as a badly designed tip heavy cue 2 cuetips out.