Last week I wrote a post on “How to Rack and Break” but this week I wanted to get a bit more granular and post up some tips on how to really crush the rack. Most games a good break will determine if you continue playing or not so having the skills to really smash it are definitely to a players advantage. Here are a few basic tips to help pool players set up their next breaking of the rack:
- Power and Accuracy: The 1st rule of thumb when breaking is to hit the head of the ball, which in almost all games will be the 1 ball. If you are able to hit that 1 ball accurately and on center it should transfer all the energy and momentum (aka power) into the rack. So if you hit it dad center you don’t have to hit it as hard because you will have all that energy transformation working in your favor.
- Play for the Best: Always play like your striving for the best results. The only good break shot is the one that sinks all the balls. So don’t be afraid to switch up your cue ball positions or change speeds.
- Position Tricks: Every pool table will break differently but if you want a few tricks to find out those sweet spots here they are. 1) Check the cloth for signs of wear, players before you have probably found the best position for the cue ball so follow suit. 2) Try and get to the table beforehand to see where players are breaking and their speed to find out whats working.
- Where to Look: The debate is whether to look at the cue ball or the objective ball. Basically it comes down to where you want your focus during the break stroke. Some like looking at the rack’s head ball where other’s keep their gaze on the cue ball making sure they hit it accurately. It all comes down to personal preference even some of the pros confess they don’t know which one or where they focus on during the break shot.
- Timing: One of the key ingredients to a successful break. A player should try and have everything working together to make the movement effortlessly in less than a second. Really understand how your body works each person will be different so end up doing what works best for you.
For those of you who follow pool on the professional circuit i’m sure you tuned in this weekend to what happened in Doha, Qator. The 2011 World 9-Ball Championship crowned a new winner. Yukio Akagariyama kept his cool to win 13-11 over Ronnie Alcano. Almost 1500 people were there to watch putting a good amount of pressure on the 9-ball championship. Yukio played a great game very consistent all week. All in all it was a fantastic match and a great championship for 9-ball.
Uses for a pool cue: warning some humor may be involved. Pool cues were made for just that, shooting pool you know hitting billiards balls on a pool table. They were not made to be used as for javelin throwing or limbo contests.
The Do’s and Don’ts:
Chalk designs on the ceiling may be made easier with the help of a pool cue but we suggest you don’t try it. The tip of a pool cue is made of leather and attached to the shaft of the cue with a ferrule. Essentially the most vulnerable spots on the stick. When the come in contact with anything other than chalk or a billiard ball it may not be a happy ending. Loosing it’s original shape can cause inconsistent shots and severely affect your playing ability.
If you did you the pool cue for that aforementioned duel or javelin contest just don’t leave it outside. Exposure to the outdoor elements can be disastrous and possible fatal for the poor old thing. The shaft and butt of the pool cue is made of wood and can warp, this is an unfixable mistake. The only plausible use for it now is firewood.
If you use it to conduct the music aka bounce the stick to the beat you are affecting the bumper. The pumper is there to protect the cue but it also adds a precise amount of weight to the cue. The bumper can eventually crack if it gets too used an abused.
Lesson learned you paid a lot of money for that pool cue, if you want it to work properly be nice to it. Your Welcome for the etiquette lesson.
I was inspired by a post from Angle of Reflection for my 2nd post here. The topic for PoolSynergy this month was what makes a good tournament. Well some of us pool players haven’t been in a tournament so I just decided to take and and use just what makes a great game of pool.
A great game of pool is never where you are but the people you are with. The interactions are what makes the game a good one or not. The venue might be nice it might not be but it doesn’t matter a table is a table and that doesn’t change. The human interaction it always fun even just the people watching in general. Being around a great crowd gives you good vibes. Whether it’s tournament play or just hanging out with friends is what makes pool a great experience is meeting interesting people and watching their personalities interact.