Thursday, 15 February 2007 12:53

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.


Steps

 

 

Place the cue ball about three inches from the rail at the second diamond.  Eightball picture #1
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.  Eightball picture #2
Use a steady stroke and hit the ball behind the cue ball. This will break most of the balls away from the 8 ball.  Eightball picture #3

 

 

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 every time 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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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 11:30

How To Make Common Billiards Shots 1

 
This is a very common shot that you will encounter in both eight and nine ball.  The object ball is frozen on the rail and you don't have much angle to work with.  
Things to remember with this shot.
    • You need to hit the rail and the object ball at the same time
    • Use a soft to medium stroke, too much stroke will cause the ball to come off of the rail
    • Use center english
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 17:38

How To Make Common Billiards Shots 2

This shot is much like Shots you need to know #1 The object ball is again frozen to the rail but there is much less angle. 

 

 Things to remember with this shot

  • Shoot into the rail without hitting the object ball
  • Use "inside" english (in this case right english at 3 o'clock)
  • Use as much force as necessary in order to play position for the next shot

 
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 18:29

How To Make Common Billiards Shots 3

In this shot, both the cue ball and the object ball are frozen to the rail.  If you were to shoot the cue ball with no english, you would either follow the object ball into the end pocket or you would hit one of the points on the side pocket and miss the object ball completely.

 

 Things to remember with this shot

  • Use low, inside engilsh (either at 4:30 or 7:30 o'clock depending on which rail you are on)
  • Aim the shot just off of the rail (do not hit into the rail), the english will pull the cue ball back to the rail to sink the object ball
  • You will have to experiment with the speed of this shot, if your stroke is too hard you will scratch
 
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