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8 Ball Break Shots, How To Break In 8 Ball

8 Ball Break Shots, How To Break In 8 Ball

Victory in 8 ball pool at times requires (rules permitting) a commitment to sink the 8 ball on the break, and at other times, a mere shattering of the rack to spread the billiard balls effectively to splatter breaks and win the game.

Certain rule sets and certain 8 ball tournaments require that the 8 ball not sink on the break, while in other pool matches this makes for an easy win.A great question. First is to review basic power break strategy. At times, I would rather scatter the balls widely, by which I mean send 7 or 8 balls past the side pockets toward the head of the table, so I may run out with ease, rather than break the 8 ball in. Yet there is something wonderful about dropping the 8 ball in on a break if you can. For sheer power to scatter balls, a bit of ulnar or radial deviation on the break stroke, and quick hand movement, can add plenty of force to the 8 ball break. But whether or not you are attempting to break in the 8 ball, you ought to keep in mind one principle for the shot...

Strike the 1 ball at the head of the rack (or whatever ball you've chosen, such as the 3rd down along one side of the rack) exactly flush, no matter where the cue ball is resting positioned for the 8 ball break. In other words, I can see in my mind's eye the purple stripe in the diagram facing me and the cue ball so that the cue flies straight ahead to hit the ball of choice dead center.This accuracy of hit will give you better results than you've ever had, killing the cue ball to sit dead center of the table and sending most of the momentum into the object balls where you want.

8 Ball Break Shots, How To Break In 8 Ball

Replies & Comments

  1. wesley123Mitch Alsup on 6/3/2010 9:42:56 PM

    I am going to disagree with you here.

    Winning in 8-ball requires two skills: one is to sink at least one ball on the break, the other is the ability to pick the not-quite-broken rack apart while making a long run.

    For the first, its a lot easier to pot the hea dball in the side pocket than to pot the 8-ball anywhere. As long as you get one ball in any pocket you retain control of the table. This is the key, retain control of the table--not sink the 8-ball.

    If you make one ball on each break, and can run the table, you will win 10 times more often than if you go for potting the 8-ball on the break and that is all you try to do.

  2. wesley123quickshot on 6/4/2010 6:28:49 AM

    The 8 ball is surrounded by 14 other balls. As such, sinking it on the break is pure luck no matter how hard or soft your break shot is. And all the theory in the world is not going to change that.

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8 Ball Break Shots, How To Break In 8 Ball

  • Title: 8 Ball Break Shots, How To Break In 8 Ball
  • Author: (Charles Wesley)
  • Published: 6/1/2010 8:44:41 PM
  • Last Updated: 6/1/2010 8:47:02 PM
  • Last Updated By: wesley123