There seem to be different philosophies regarding the break in 9-ball.
Most of the stuff I have heard and read recommend keeping control of the
cue ball. You want to break the balls and keep the cue ball in the
center of the table. There are many reasons for wanting to do this
(having a decent opportunity to hit the ball you need to hit, minimizing
scratches, etc.). I've worked hard to control my break for this reason.
One book goes as far as to say that you don't really want to sink the
1-ball, you want it to end up near the cue ball too. (Makes sense in
theory but I've not had much success with this). Anyway, I go to the
Miami leg of the Florida Pro Open and among others are Mizerak and
Charlie Williams. I watch Mizerak break and he hammers the balls, but
it's obvious he's not putting everything he has into the break. He seems
to try to keep the cue ball center table. I'm thinking, yep, that's just
how I would do it. I pat myself on the back for playing it like a pro. A
little later on, I start watching this skinny little Korean kid (I'm
Korean too, btw) break. He seems to do everything that the books tell
you not to do. He has a herky jerky motion in which he actually seems to
release the ***and change his grip. He pumps ***ly. He gets his
whole body into the break. When he uncoils, his cue ends up high in the
air. He really pulverizes the balls. I think I saw him make five balls
on the break once. It was either four or five. He seems to consistently
make about two or three balls on his breaks. The strange thing is, he
doesn't seem to care where the cue ball ends up. Granted, he is an
ungodly shotmaker and could prabably hit any shot on the table, but
wouldn't it make more sense to take a little pace off the break and kill
whitey center table?
Is my philosophy flawed? Should I worry about sinking more balls on the
break or controlling the cue ball?