Second-ball break

Second-ball break

Post by dhak.. » Wed, 01 Nov 2000 08:04:08


 About a month ago, I switched from a head-on break to a second-ball
break, starting with the cue ball on the string and about three inches
from the left rail. It worked well for a while - good spread, cue ball
ended near the rack spot and on one glorious afternoon I made TWO 8-
ball breaks! :-)

Now things have gone to hell. Lousy spread, no 8-ball action, cue ball
zips into the left corner or jumps off the table.

Wazzup?? I've tried low-right english, center english, easing off on my
stroke... any ideas?

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David Hakala
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Denver CO

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Second-ball break

Post by Patrick Johnso » Wed, 01 Nov 2000 09:11:39

Quote:

> [break's gone bad]
> ... any ideas?

Are you aiming it as carefully as any other shot?  Paying attention to tip
placement?  I know you know these things, but things get pretty exciting
during the break stroke and discipline can slip.

Pat Johnson
Chicago

 
 
 

Second-ball break

Post by bbent.. » Thu, 02 Nov 2000 01:12:29


Quote:

>  About a month ago, I switched from a head-on break to a second-ball
> break, starting with the cue ball on the string and about three inches
> from the left rail. It worked well for a while - good spread, cue ball
> ended near the rack spot and on one glorious afternoon I made TWO 8-
> ball breaks! :-)

> Now things have gone to hell. Lousy spread, no 8-ball action, cue ball
> zips into the left corner or jumps off the table.

> Wazzup?? I've tried low-right english, center english, easing off on
my
> stroke... any ideas?

Try moving the cueball closer to the rail. I know some players that use
second-ball-break, and none of them have the cueball more than an inch
off the rail, some are closer. I've used it some myself, not that I
know all that much, but it does seem that the narrower the angle
relative to the rack, the easier it is to hit the second ball a
glancing blow (or even hit the edge of the first ball) & send whitey
right in the corner, especially if, as Mr. Johnson pointed out, your
stroke (like mine) isn't always right on the money. YMMV.

Regards,

Bob < tryin' to keep whitey out of the corner >

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Post by eric.. » Thu, 02 Nov 2000 01:55:16

You may be hitting too hard.

Try the 3rd ball.

Try topspin on second or third ball hit - Let's you wackem a little
harder.

eo.


Quote:

>  About a month ago, I switched from a head-on break to a second-ball
> break, starting with the cue ball on the string and about three inches
> from the left rail. It worked well for a while - good spread, cue ball
> ended near the rack spot and on one glorious afternoon I made TWO 8-
> ball breaks! :-)

> Now things have gone to hell. Lousy spread, no 8-ball action, cue ball
> zips into the left corner or jumps off the table.

> Wazzup?? I've tried low-right english, center english, easing off on
my
> stroke... any ideas?

> --
> David Hakala
> Senior Editor

> Denver CO

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Post by Anthony DeAngel » Wed, 01 Nov 2000 23:41:18

IMO the break worked for a while because you focused more trying out a
new thing.  If everything else has remained the same (where you put the
ball, size of ball, table, cue, etc.) I think you should try to
concentrate more, back off the speed a little and focus more on the
accuracy of your hit. IMO.
Quote:

>  About a month ago, I switched from a head-on break to a second-ball
> break, starting with the cue ball on the string and about three inches
> from the left rail. It worked well for a while - good spread, cue ball
> ended near the rack spot and on one glorious afternoon I made TWO 8-
> ball breaks! :-)

> Now things have gone to hell. Lousy spread, no 8-ball action, cue ball
> zips into the left corner or jumps off the table.

> Wazzup?? I've tried low-right english, center english, easing off on my
> stroke... any ideas?

> --
> David Hakala
> Senior Editor

> Denver CO

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Second-ball break

Post by W J Ca » Thu, 02 Nov 2000 06:31:38

I had the same problem with 2nd ball hit.  Poster Anthony hit on the head,
however I found that also focusing on the spot the 2nd ball sits on helped my
break.

Good Breaking,
Bill

 
 
 

Second-ball break

Post by dhak.. » Thu, 02 Nov 2000 17:49:56

Thanks, everyone. I reckon I just need to focus harder on the break.

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Post by dhak.. » Thu, 02 Nov 2000 17:48:36


Quote:

> You may be hitting too hard.

> Try the 3rd ball.

> Try topspin on second or third ball hit - Let's you wackem a little
> harder.

I believe a legal break must hit the first or second ball.

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Post by eric.. » Thu, 02 Nov 2000 22:58:53

Quote:

> I believe a legal break must hit the first or second ball.

> --
> David Hakala

My bad.

APA illegal.

BCA legal.

eo.

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