As I corrected myself in another post, the rules of 8 ball require 4 object
balls to hit the cushion during the break. In 14.1 (where only 2 object
balls need hit the cushion) this is usually accomplished by softly hitting
the left or right point of the rack and breaking off as few balls as
possible and still have a legal break. Unlike 9 ball, you don't need to hit
the head ball in the rack in 8 ball (but see below for APA rules).
Obviously, you would need to practice this to see if it can work
successfully in 8 ball with 4 balls hitting the cushion like it does in 14.1
Continuous play with only 2 balls hitting the cushion after the break, and
still leave your opponent with not much to shoot at.
Here is the definition of a legal break in 8 ball according to BCA rules
www.bca-pool.com/play/ and Standardized World 8 Ball Rules
LEGAL BREAK SHOT (8 Ball)
(Defined) To execute a legal break, the breaker (with the cue ball behind
the head string) must either (1) pocket a ball, or (2) drive at least four
numbered balls to the rail. When the breaker fails to make a legal break, it
is a foul, and the incoming player has the option of (1) accepting the table
in position and shooting, or (2) having the balls re-racked and having the
option of shooting the opening break or allowing the offending player to
However, I found a copy of the Official APA (American Poolplayers
Association) 8 Ball rules www.poolplayers.com/apa_rules.html and they say
the head ball or second ball must be hit by the cue ball during the break,
so make sure you know which rules you are playing by, and have a copy with
you when you play.
One other thing I would do is to try to get some tapes of professional 8
ball tournaments to see what they do. I believe that these are more
prevelent outside the USA.
> He Maf, can you elaborate a bit about this break ?
> how to do it etc
> >You could break like they do in 14.1 straight pool and drive the minimum
> >number of balls to the cushion (it's two balls to the cushion in 14.1,
> >not sure about 8 ball). Even if your opponent had a shot it would be
> >difficult to run the table. The biggest problem with this break strategy
> >that you would probably be called a ***.
> >> I play at a decent level but i'm no pro ! i play people who are pretty
> >> good but mistakes are made on both sides
> >> When i go for a hard break, i get a ball in around 60% of the time.
> >> I'm starting to play people who can punish me if i leave the balls
> >> spread without potting anything
> >> So my question is this
> >> How can you increase your chances of getting a ball in off the break ?
> >> with variances in setup and tables, how can u guarantee getting a ball
> >> in ?
> >> what other breaking strategies are there ? i've been playing around
> >> with soft breaks recently