Scratching the cue ball, we’ve all done it. What can we do to avoid it? Here is a simple way to help you avoid scratching: Anytime you are going into a rail, try to go as close to a 45 degree angle as possible with natural running english.
As you can see, the natural path does not go to a pocket. This is also a good way to take a safe path to the center of the table, which is always a great place to be for position.
If the cue ball is coming off of an object ball, watch the tangent line. Add top or bottom spin to bring the angle closer to 45 degrees if necessary.