Start your games using these smart break strategies from Max Eberle, creator of the Powerful Pool DVD series and head instructor at propoolacademy.com
By MH Staff - Posted on 4th October 2013
Pool hustlers know that “grip it and rip it” doesn’t work.
1 Build a bridge
Noobs move their stabilising hand when they shoot, causing the cue tip to swerve. Put your lead hand on the felt, keeping the heel of your palm flat and your fingers fanned and extended to form a bridge. Tuck your thumb to your index finger and ten t your hand. Rest the cue in the crook that forms.
2 Execute the break
To keep your stroke smooth, cradle the cue in the pads of your fingers. Rest your weight on your back foot and then forcefully transfer the weight to your front foot. Keeping your elbow tucked next to your side, hit the ball as hard as you can, following through for greatest accuracy.
3 Prepare the ammo
Your goal is to blast the cue ball into the head ball at an angle that forces all the balls to explode outward from the point of impact. Place the cue ball within 15cm to the left or right of the head spot (the bullseye on the table's baize), depending on which side feels most comfortable.
4 Approach the table
For a powerful break, you need a powerful stance. Position your forward foot beneath the line of your cue to help stabilize the shot. Step back with the other foot so your feet are beyond shoulder-width apart; at the same point your toes a little less than 90 degrees from the line of your cue.