The forward rotation of the cue ball that results from a follow shot . Also known as top spin or top , follow is applied to the cue ball by hitting it above its equator , causing it to spin more rapidly in the direction of travel than it would simply by rolling on the cloth from a center-ball hit. Follow speeds the cue ball up, and widens both the carom angle after contact with an object ball , and angle of reflection off a cushion . See illustration at spin .