How To Sink The 8 Ball On The Break
All pool players know how hard it is to make the 8 ball on the break while playing straight pool. Unless you get a lucky kick, the 8 ball will stay in the center of the table. The break described below will give you the best chance of making the 8 ball.
|Place the cue ball about three inches from the rail at the second diamond.|| |
|Depending on which rail you placed the cue ball at, use low inside english on the cue ball. This will keep the ball on the table after you break. || |
|Use a steady stroke and hit the ball behind the cue ball. This will break most of the balls away from the 8 ball. || |
The video below will show how the cue ball should strike the second ball of the rack, not the first. While you are watching, notice several aspects of this shot; the cue ball going into the side rail after striking the rack and coming back into the center of the table, the 8 ball being knocked down table and hit once by another ball, the power of the shot.
There is no way to make the 8 ball everytime on the break, however, using this break will increase your chances as the 8 ball is usually knocked down table by other balls in the rack or hit by the cue ball when it comes off of the rail.
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