Victory in 8 ball pool at times requires (rules permitting) a commitment to sink the 8 ball on the break, and at other times, a mere shattering of the rack to spread the billiard balls effectively to splatter breaks and win the game.
Certain rule sets and certain 8 ball tournaments require that the 8 ball not sink on the break, while in other pool matches this makes for an easy win. One About.com reader writes to ask:
"How can I learn to make an 8 ball on the break. Can't figure it out, did make 8 ball move a little bit. I've been told to hit the 3rd ball from tip, HARD. Or hit from side, or smack hard (head on) at the apex of the trangle rack. HELP!!!"
A great question. First is to review basic power break strategy. At times, I would rather scatter the balls widely, by which I mean send 7 or 8 balls past the side pockets toward the head of the table, so I may run out with ease, rather than break the 8 ball in. Yet there is something wonderful about dropping the 8 ball in on a break if you can.
For sheer power to scatter balls, a bit of ulnar or radial deviation on the break stroke, and quick hand movement, can add plenty of force to the 8 ball break. But whether or not you are attempting to break in the 8 ball, you ought to keep in mind one principle for the shot...
Strike the 1 ball at the head of the rack (or whatever ball you've chosen, such as the 3rd down along one side of the rack) exactly flush, no matter where the cue ball is resting positioned for the 8 ball break. In other words, I can see in my mind's eye the purple stripe in the diagram facing me and the cue ball so that the cue flies straight ahead to hit the ball of choice dead center.
This accuracy of hit will give you better results than you've ever had, killing the cue ball to sit dead center of the table and sending most of the momentum into the object balls where you want.
The next page has a hot tip, however, for knocking in the 8 ball on 8 ball breaks.