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8 Ball Break Shot Technique

8 Ball Break Shot Technique

Does anyone know what method of breaking in 8 ball has the statistically highest chance of pocketing a ball on the break? e.g. hitting the front ball in a straight line, or, hitting the 2nd and 3rd balls from the side close to the rail, etc.

It is very frustrating. It seems I can never make a ball on the break while my opponents always pocket a ball on theirs.

8 Ball Break Shot Technique

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  1. Descente36Fenwick on 1/19/2010 10:51:17 AM

    I've read even the pros only pocket a ball 50% of the time breaking playing 8 ball. The first choice of many players is breaking hitting the second ball in the rack with outside low english from a spot near the outside rail. Their going for the 8 on the break. I prefer to break with low outside english 3 or 4 inches from the center of the kitchen hitting the head ball off center. While I may only pocket a ball 50% of the time my goal is to have no 2 balls touching and a wide open table, cue ball near the center of the table.
    I don't think there is a guaranteed way to make a ball on the break playing 8 ball. Have you tried to copy your opponents break style?

  2. Descente36Mitch Alsup on 1/19/2010 11:54:06 AM

    Hit the front ball 2mm off center. The CB starts from 1-1.5 ball widths from the side rail and is aimed just off center on the same side as the CB starts. The head ball will roll right at the side pocket. Now if the second back ball does not come off the end rail and hit the head ball on its journey, it will drop in the side pocket.

    If the rack is perfectly centered on the head-spot, you aim from the 7.5th diamond towards the 3rd diamond.

  3. Descente36tedmauro on 2/1/2010 3:11:57 PM

    The three common racks that I usually see, are hitting the ball dead center, shooting the cue ball straight down the center, Hitting the center ball on an angle or hitting the second ball full from an angle. I have a page on my website with video demonstrating the 3 breaks.


    Hope this helps.

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8 Ball Break Shot Technique

  • Title: 8 Ball Break Shot Technique
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  • Published: 1/18/2010 6:32:31 PM