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How Can I Do A Better Break Shot?

How Can I Do A Better Break Shot?

I really appreciate snooker in my pool club in Belgium but I'm trying to learn also the american pool.

I've found out that the breakshot is the most important, is that true?

If yes, what can improve my breakshot?

How Can I Do A Better Break Shot?

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  1. majchrzakquickshot on 2/27/2009 6:56:26 AM

    Here is one opinion from Jim Lamastus. It is an 8 ball break. There are many theories about the subject and I'm sure you will hear from others. In the long haul you will have to determine what suits you as a player.

    A better 8 Ball Break, by Jim Lamastus Date: Wed, Dec 15 Topic: "The Break Shot"

    In response to your better break shot article I have found that different tables play differently, I usually watch how others are breaking the rack. and measuring there success, but I will always try breaking from the far left or right of the 2 diamond spot using 2 to 3 fingers distance off from the rail To place the Q-ball.

    If breaking from the right I use low right about 5 o’clock 1 and 1/2 tips down from and right of center cue ball English hitting the 2nd ball from the head ball just missing the head ball as my aim spot.

    You may need to adjust the position of your cue tip hit on the q-ball to match your shooting style and the type of Q tip you are using- multi layered tips for example hold english a little better than a single layer tip - low right from right side of table or low left from left side of table is still the best location of Q-tip to Q-ball hit for your break.

    From the left side of the table I use low left English as stated above.

    Study the rack you will see that the rack will not be set up square to the table - meaning that the rack will be slightly slanted in one direction or other this provides more of an exposed side showing over the other witch in turn shows more exposure of surface of the 2nd ball in the rack. That is the side you want to use to make your break shot. Bottom line is the bigger Q-ball entry to rack angle as compared to your example also shorter exit angle to rail from rack break that in turn drives the q-bqll back into the expanding rack that helps expand the break.

    Try the break shot to rack at the most exposed ball that is second in the rack.

    Break speed of cue should be strong hard but not as hard as a Q ball head on break shot. Break speed is the key to this break style and should provide a least one pocketed ball on break a little practice and you will be happy to add this style to your arsenal.

    Enjoy and i hope this will help your game.

    Jim Lamastus

  2. majchrzakMitch Alsup on 2/27/2009 9:58:53 AM

    Read this thread:

    How do you Break in 9 Ball?

  3. majchrzakJustanotherevolutionary on 2/27/2009 2:05:04 PM

    I've been palying around with this one. Break about 1-2 inches off either side rail and right up on the head string with low, running english contacting the second ball as thick as possible. This will typically get the 8 ball moving towards the opposite side pocket. Accuracy is more important than power on this break. An elevated cue can help avoid the scratch here as well. This is a great break for APA since an 8ball break will win the game and earn you some kudos if on APA league. It's pretty solid even if the 8 doesn't go. It typically makes a ball and keeps the cue ball safe so long as you avoid the corner scratch. I've had six 8ball breaks using this method in the last 2 weeks. Also this is much easier done on a 7' table. Good luck sir!

  4. majchrzakmajchrzak on 3/2/2009 1:27:13 AM

    Thanks for your answers, it helps me a lot

    Saturday I saw on a website a new way for improving his breakshot,it is called "the breakrak" Do you know it? Do you think it really works?

  5. majchrzakbilliardsforum on 3/2/2009 4:47:29 PM

    Looks like a complicated gimmick to me, but I can't say for sure, as I've never tried it. One thing I do know that complicated items like this never become mainstream.


  6. majchrzakJustanotherevolutionary on 3/2/2009 6:12:48 PM

    All I can say is...What the hell? That looks like some sort of strange dimented breast pump to me.

  7. majchrzakmajchrzak on 3/2/2009 11:59:30 PM

    it's true that is very strange!has somebody already tested the breakrak?

  8. majchrzakbilliardsforum on 3/3/2009 4:58:02 AM

    HAHA breast pump! I'm laughing out loud at that one.

    It looks like you put the tip of your cue in that silver metal part, and the apparatus acts like a bow and arrow and "guides" your stroke. Again, I have my doubts.

  9. majchrzakFenwick on 3/3/2009 6:40:18 AM

    I'm not sure if you were kidding here. "It looks like you put the tip of your cue in that silver metal part, and the apparatus acts like a bow and arrow and "guides" your stroke." I would guess you are.

    The way it's supposed to work is you set it on the table as shown and aim at the yellow ball to gauge your hits. It shows you your power and how accurately your hitting the head ball. It's a way to practice your break without racking balls. Something to do instead of working out with your bow flex also. I've heard pros and cons about using it.

    Would I spend the money, no and it's not cheap. The best lesson I've learned about a good break is you get no power on the back stroke. Lots of players warm up, draw back at lightning speed and fire at the rack. I draw back slow and try to throw my whole body into the shot like Jasmin Ouschan; she's pretty. I don't come close but it saves my shoulder.

  10. majchrzakJustanotherevolutionary on 3/3/2009 1:57:49 PM

    You're totally right Fenwick....Jasmine is pretty =) ahem....What was I about to say? oh ya. and I use that same method, slow wind up and then power into it, works good. I wouldn't go sticking my shaft into anything that looks like that!

  11. majchrzakquickshot on 3/3/2009 11:46:15 PM

    There is no sub for lesson and practice/ The sport is getting more gimmicks than Carter has liver pills.

  12. majchrzakJustanotherevolutionary on 3/4/2009 12:31:07 PM

    Well we already got laser sighted cues. Might as well put our whole game on an automated system I guess. Pretty soon they will be using range finders telling you the distance to the pocket and little cue balls that have spots on them that light up showing you where to strike the ball to get the right english for the needed position. (that's my idea don't steal it!) =P Some sort of electronic grids in the felt that light up the best path for the cue ball? Maybe just a cyborg to play the game for me! sigh

  13. majchrzakmajchrzak on 3/4/2009 11:58:53 PM

    thanks for all your answers, has somebody already tested the breakrak?

  14. majchrzakThree Brothers Billiards on 3/31/2009 8:47:39 AM

    No one break seems to work great on every table, it just takes experimentation. One universal rule though, is to accelerate through your stroke like a golf swing. No jerky motions, just smooth acceleration and exaggerate your follow through.

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How Can I Do A Better Break Shot?

  • Title: How Can I Do A Better Break Shot?
  • Author: (M. Majchrzak)
  • Published: 2/27/2009 6:02:56 AM