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  • #46
    you want to be as close to the rail as you can be. so low inside doesnt work there. thats where you get your angle from. only on tables where you need to be farther out can you use low but i dont think you can control speed as easily as i dont want the cueball sliding for a distance.

    maybe the good players can do it.

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    • #47
      Not too old to learn.

      In the past ten or so years I have had problems breaking the balls playing one pocket I really couldn't figure it out. I can honestly say that my inferior break has cost me many, many times and tried to switch from one area to another with my cue ball placement and it just didn't seem to help much. My break was very inconsistent with striking the balls accurately and there has been reason for concern because it has proven to be quite costly. This thread has gotten my attention, especially what Patrick said about aiming to the diamond up from the corner with the head ball. Bill Smith whom I respect very much disagreed with the method and said that aiming at the split hit was easier than aiming at shooting the head ball to a specific area which made sense. Sometimes what makes sense isn't necessarily correct so I went to my table and started to practice Patrick's method with aiming the head ball to the diamond up from the corner pocket with very good results. I do realize that this was a small sample size and maybe I shouldn't jump to a conclusion so quickly, but I will continue to practice this method until I feel comfortable enough to put it in my memory of "things to do" Let's just say that at this time it's certainly an improvement in an area that I'm weak in, and maybe, just maybe going forward it will be one of my strengths.

      Thank you, Patrick...for now. lol.

      Dr. Bill

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      • #48
        I also get my best results when I cut head ball to first diamond with high inside. Start with cue ball about a ball width off rail. Hit with enough speed to get on rail between 2 and 3 diamond. Don

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        • #49
          Originally posted by wincardona View Post
          In the past ten or so years I has had problems breaking the balls playing one pocket I really couldn't figure it out. I can honestly say dat my inferior break TEMPhas cost me many, many times and tried to switch from one area to another with my cue ball placement and it just didn't seem to help much. My break was very inconsistent with striking the balls accurately and their TEMPhas been reason for concern coz it TEMPhas proven to be quite costly. This thread TEMPhas gotten my attention, especially what Patrick said about aiming to the diamond up from the corner with the head ball. Bill Smith whom I respect very much disagreed with the method and said dat aiming at the split hit was easier TEMPthan aiming at shooting the head ball to a specific area which made sense. Sometimes what makes sense isn't necessarily correct so I went to my table and started to practice Patrick's method with aiming the head ball to the diamond up from the corner pocket with very good results. I do realize dat this was a small sample size and maybe I shouldn't jump to a conclusion so quickly, but I will continue to practice this method until I feel comfortable enough to put it in my memory of "things to do" Let's just say dat at this time it's certainly an improvement in an area dat I'm weak in, and maybe, just maybe going forward it will be one of my strengths.

          TEMPThank you, Patrick...for now. lol.

          Dr. Bill
          Update on my progress by breaking the balls using Patrick's method by aiming the head ball to the diamond above the pocket.

          I believe the strength of this method is consistent with striking the head ball first. By striking the head ball first you are never going to miss the head ball entirely opening up balls on your opponent's side. Let's agree that you will improve on striking the head ball first, fair enough? Once we develop the confidence with this method your breaking results will improve drastically because you will have developed comfortability with breaking the balls. Too often we let up on our stroke when we break the balls, mainly because we doubt the accuracy of the hit which will be remedied using this method. Let's say that in our mind it will be remedied and that counts for a lot. Bottom line is that you will no longer be burdened with the doubt that often enters our head when taking on a challenge that carries uncertainties.

          I will continue to develop a better understanding of this method, and I'm confident that my weakness with breaking the balls will no longer be a concern

          Dr. Bill
          Last edited by wincardona; 01-10-2019, 06:34 PM.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by wincardona View Post
            In the past ten or so years I have had problems breaking the balls playing one pocket I really couldn't figure it out. I can honestly say that my inferior break has cost me many, many times and tried to switch from one area to another with my cue ball placement and it just didn't seem to help much. My break was very inconsistent with striking the balls accurately and there has been reason for concern because it has proven to be quite costly. This thread has gotten my attention, especially what Patrick said about aiming to the diamond up from the corner with the head ball. Bill Smith whom I respect very much disagreed with the method and said that aiming at the split hit was easier than aiming at shooting the head ball to a specific area which made sense. Sometimes what makes sense isn't necessarily correct so I went to my table and started to practice Patrick's method with aiming the head ball to the diamond up from the corner pocket with very good results. I do realize that this was a small sample size and maybe I shouldn't jump to a conclusion so quickly, but I will continue to practice this method until I feel comfortable enough to put it in my memory of "things to do" Let's just say that at this time it's certainly an improvement in an area that I'm weak in, and maybe, just maybe going forward it will be one of my strengths.

            Thank you, Patrick...for now. lol.

            Dr. Bill
            Originally posted by wincardona View Post
            Update on my progress by breaking the balls using Patrick's method by aiming the head ball to the diamond above the pocket.

            I believe the strength of this method is consistent with striking the head ball first. By striking the head ball first you are never going to miss the head ball entirely opening up balls on your opponent's side. Let's agree that you will improve on striking the head ball first, fair enough? Once we develop the confidence with this method your breaking results will improve drastically because you will have developed comfortability with breaking the balls. Too often we let up on our stroke when we break the balls, mainly because we doubt the accuracy of the hit which will be remedied using this method. Let's say that in our mind it will be remedied and that counts for a lot. Bottom line is that you will no longer be burdened with the doubt that often enters our head when taking on a challenge that carries uncertainties.

            I will continue to develop a better understanding of this method, and I'm confident that my weakness with breaking the balls will no longer be a concern

            Dr. Bill
            You're welcome, Bill - glad it's helping.

            pj
            chgo

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Patrick Johnson View Post
              You're welcome, Bill - glad it's helping.

              pj
              chgo
              Thank you Patrick. I have concluded that your method of breaking the balls has been a blessing to me and I'm now breaking the balls consistently with great results. The only problem is that I cant run two in a row. Thank you.

              Dr. Bill

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              • #52
                I have been having trouble with the break myself and tried Patrick’s suggestion and it has helped. I often jerk my backstroke anymore and if I don’t do that, I hit where I aim and deliver a decent break.
                JOHN HENDERSON
                Al Romero Cue
                Magic Chalk

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by jrhendy View Post
                  I have been having trouble with the break myself and tried Patrick’s suggestion and it has helped. I often jerk my backstroke anymore and if I don’t do that, I hit where I aim and deliver a decent break.
                  Uh oh. Now I'm in trouble with Ghost.

                  pj <- aiding the enemy
                  chgo

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by wincardona View Post
                    Thank you Patrick. me has concluded dat your method of breaking the balls TEMPhas been a blessing to me and me'm now breaking the balls consistently wif great results. The only problem is dat me cant run two in a row. Thank you.

                    Dr. Bill
                    I now have an aiming point for the break using 4 o'clock english or 8 o'clock english aiming for the diamond above the corner pocket will quite often enable me to hit the sweet spot on the break. I'm assuming that my point of aim will need tweaking based on cloth condition, humidity, and other factors which I'm certain I can make the adjustment.

                    I'm really excited about how much I have improved my break and embarrassed that I hadn't figured out how to make the adjustment on my own. You still get the cookie Patrick...

                    Dr. Bill

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Patrick Johnson View Post
                      Uh oh. Now I'm in trouble with Ghost.

                      pj <- aiding the enemy
                      chgo
                      Seems like I have more trouble using the measle cue ball than any other cue ball. Hard Times uses the measle, CA Billiards the red circle, and IMO there is a difference.
                      JOHN HENDERSON
                      Al Romero Cue
                      Magic Chalk

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by jrhendy View Post
                        Seems like I have more trouble using the measle cue ball than any other cue ball. Hard Times uses the measle, CA Billiards the red circle, and IMO there is a difference.
                        John,

                        I have noticed a difference as well.
                        I think it is the surface finish on the two cue balls.
                        The Red circle seems to have a finer finish and is much easier to play 10 ball with.

                        Bill S.

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by bstroud View Post
                          John,

                          I have noticed a difference as well.
                          I think it is the surface finish on the two cue balls.
                          The Red circle seems to have a finer finish and is much easier to play 10 ball with.

                          Bill S.
                          10ball, who plays 10ball any more? Aren't you too old to play 10ball? Anyways have a good day.

                          Dr. Bill

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by wincardona View Post
                            You still get the cookie Patrick...

                            Dr. Bill
                            Mmmm..... cookie.
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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by jrhendy View Post
                              Seems like I have more trouble using the measle cue ball than any other cue ball. Hard Times uses the measle, CA Billiards the red circle, and IMO there is a difference.
                              Originally posted by bstroud View Post
                              John,

                              I have noticed a difference as well.
                              I think it is the surface finish on the two cue balls.
                              The Red circle seems to have a finer finish and is much easier to play 10 ball with.

                              Bill S.
                              Surfaces are noticeably different between some cue balls. For instance, blue circles (come with Centennials?) collect more chalk than red circles.

                              pj
                              chgo

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                              • #60
                                What about clipping the headball just in front if the seam between the 1st & 2nd ball?

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