THE BREAK - Viking Cues Tip of the Week with Mike Roque author of Build Your Game.

THE BREAK - Viking Cues Tip of the Week with Mike Roque author of Build Your Game.

Posted by Mike Roque | Viking Cues on 20th Aug 2019

The Break

“Sooner or later the balls will break tough and then you’re out of shots.”

-Irving Crane

WHEN YOU COMPETE with top players, the break shot is serious business. The opening break can set the tone for the entire match. In games like eight ball and nine ball, if you fail to make a ball, you’ll be sitting in the chair. You might not even get another shot for three or four racks!

One pocket and straight pool have more defensive breaks, but it’s still important to know how to break and use it to control the table.

There’s no question, the break is somewhat fickle. What works for one table may not work for another. Humidity can also affect the break shot.

Set aside some time to work on the break as a separate shot. Experiment with different hits and speeds and observe your results. Power used to be king, but control is more important.

Make it a point to watch the great breakers. Take note of where they place the cue ball and the speed they use. If your opponent is breaking well and you’re not, copy him! It could turn the whole match around.

If you want to fast–track your knowledge of breaking techniques, utilize some of the great books and videos on the subject. They are packed with professional insights and secrets well worth knowing!

To win, you need to play welland it all starts with the break!

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