Ball-end cutters are widely used in industries of dies, molds, and aerospace, which have the problem of poor machined surface quality due to the low cutting speed near the tool-tip. With the increase in the complexity of parts, it will become more and more difficult to avoid the tool-tip participating in the cutting. In this paper, the velocity effect sensitivity of ball-end cutter is analyzed, and several key positions, including the intersection points of the CWE boundaries, are selected to describe the cutting speed in three dimensions. The relationships between the cutting speed of the critical points and important variables such as: machining inclination angle and the feed direction were investigated. The optimal range of feed direction is obtained when the tool-tip engages in the contact circle. The core aim of the feed direction selection is to make the tool engagement area in a high position by changing the feed direction, to avoid surface damage caused by ploughing and improve the quality of the machined surface. Finally, an experimental study was carried out, and the results corroborate the effectiveness of the selection method. In the experiment, it was also found that cutting-out from the cutter contact position can improve the surface quality in the directions of non-optimal range, and the milling force and chips shape will vary with the change of the feed direction.