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Tips For Great 9-Ball And 8-Ball Break Shots

Go Next Level With A Little Insight And Powerful Breaks

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Get your billiards breaks to be a smash with these simple tips

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Get set for power breaks in 8- and 9-Ball with these hot tips. The cue ball will come to rest in great position after the break and you'll sink balls and be in position to win far more often by using these classic techniques.

Eight Ball Power Breaks

On a fine 8-Ball break at least seven balls come back towards the breaker at the side pockets or past them on the head end of the table. Try about half a tip of draw, just a little to get the cue ball to die near the middle of the table (and topspin, by contrast, tends to send the cue ball into the air or off the table after impact with a cushion).

Take a medium to wide stance and balance your weight fairly evenly. Your backstroke should be smooth and even. Slowly accelerate as you begin to move forward with your break stroke. Be sure to follow through after impact with the cue ball until the end of your follow through

Just as the cue stick's tip is hitting the cue ball, move your body forward, shifting your weight to your front foot for added power. Beginners should start by moving their body forward and not up or down while learning. Extend your stroke arm all the way through the break. The cue tip will drive low along the cloth. Strive as if you plan to hit the head ball on the rack with your cue tip!

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Nine Ball Power Breaks

To get a little more oomph, try keeping the tip of your cue about one inch from the cue ball at address. You're going to pound that cue ball, so break with a cue stick that you don't mind alterations to as over time the tip will change shape and harden and compress.

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A simple break is taken one-half a diamond's distance from the middle of the head string. Hit hard enough with a bit of draw to come back a distance of three diamonds from the rack.

One goal, of course, is to pop the 1-ball in to open the rack and retain your inning. Hit that 1-ball square or slightly to one side. You're considering making the 4- and 5-balls in the corner pockets and the one in the side. Or the bottom spin will squirt out a slow moving 1-ball as the cue ball travel to the side rail than back to the middle of the table (1-ball goes to that same side pocket).

Of course, if your opponent is making the one in the side frequently you'll want to rack to reduce their chances of a shot on the 2-ball. (A gentleman or lady puts the balls other than the one or the nine randomly, but...)

Usually with this type of pop-the-one break, the cue ball ends up closer to the head of the table than the middle. So set the 2-ball in that second to last row of balls where the 7- and 8-balls go in a traditional rack, and that sucker is likely to come to rest near the foot rail.

Do you hate loose racks in competition as much as I do? I always ask for a tightening, but if you feel someone is taking advantage and you want to give them an object lesson, take a look at the balls behind the 9-ball in the middle of the rack. If either of those balls rest loosely from the nine, pound the break from the same side of the table as that ball and you're working a carom for the nine to go straight into the corner pocket. Pow!

If you're very serious about the match, you can start with 1-ball of course, and then right-to-left place the 2 then 3, the 6-9-5, then the 4-8 and the 7 in its own last row at the bottom of the rack. Certainly, this is also a fine layout for hard practice, as it leaves tons of space between the numbered balls.

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For those rocking breaks from the table's edge, aim on the cue ball about 1 to 1 and a half tips below center. The stroke will be more of a stun and the scant amount of draw aimed will be not quite enough to impart backspin after impact.

Your contact point is the nose of the one ball as it faces the center of the table. Look carefully where the ball meets the cloth at its absolute bottom. The cue ball is to make contact at impact with the one ball only, then deflect from the rack and die just a few inches from where the one ball was or that lovely table center.

This break is a smooth, fluid one, not an all-out explosion with jerky twitches of movement. You will be pleasantly surprised at how softly you can stroke the cue ball while sinking a ball or more and getting great shape with the cue ball for the next shot.

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