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Breakshot...What would you do ? and what i did !! - 11-16-2018, 07:42 AM

Last weekend i was playing a match for a friendly bet with somebody i know, i was currently on 53 and had a real big lead and one of my favorite banks came up, which never comes up in a game. I opted to go for it (And Swish !!!) kept going after this, run ended at 67 when i had no shot after a break. i did win the game though, i won when i hit the 61 mark in this run !

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BAMM !!! (LOL) Swish !!

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11-16-2018, 09:30 AM

Shots like that make your opponent grit his teeth.


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11-16-2018, 09:31 AM

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Shots like that make your opponent grit his teeth.
Hahahaha, no doubt !!!


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11-16-2018, 05:08 PM

That's a hell of a break shot.
If I see someone constantly going for break shots like that I want to raise the bet.


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11-16-2018, 08:20 PM

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That's a hell of a break shot.
If I see someone constantly going for break shots like that I want to raise the bet.
I obviously overshot my keyball and ended up dead straight.

I used to practice this shot all the time. But it never came up in a game until now, I recognized it right away and had to go for it.

Practice paid off big on this one !! In more ways than one..lol cha-Ching !!


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11-21-2018, 09:32 PM

Shoot the shot for the point and play safety to the top of the rack.
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Shoot the shot for the point and play safety to the top of the rack. ... .
In the old days none of the top players ever played a safe to the top two balls of the rack from up the table.


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In the old days none of the top players ever played a safe to the top two balls of the rack from up the table.
? Curious. Could you elaborate? Seems like if the rack was tight (clean balls on fast cloth) and the CB was in the center of the table, a precise hit might send both corner balls near the pockets and leave the CB frozen on the spot. How would you then get safe from that leave? Or, is that safety shot somehow just a trap that top players all learned to avoid?
  
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? Curious. Could you elaborate? Seems like if the rack was tight (clean balls on fast cloth) and the CB was in the center of the table, a precise hit might send both corner balls near the pockets and leave the CB frozen on the spot. How would you then get safe from that leave? Or, is that safety shot somehow just a trap that top players all learned to avoid?
Racks using a standard triangle are rarely tight. Gaps that are just barely visible make a difference.

Have you ever tried to freeze the cue ball to both head balls shooting straight down the center of the table? The problem is that you will always hit one ball first and the cue ball will go off to the opposite side.

If you do try to freeze on the top of the rack, a better approach is to shoot full at an object ball. If that ball is not touching both balls behind it I think there will be problems.

If you play onto the front of the rack, there are nearly always easy returns and often you sell out. If you can read the gaps, you will do better.


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11-23-2018, 11:19 AM

I wonder if that same principle applies to freezing the CB to an undisturbed rack from any direction? Is it always a better safety to graze a corner ball and leave the CB downtable?
  
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I wonder if that same principle applies to freezing the CB to an undisturbed rack from any direction? Is it always a better safety to graze a corner ball and leave the CB downtable?
There are two standard plays. One is to the side and one is to the bottom of the rack. In both cases you are playing full on a ball that is next to one of the two corner balls. The shots work so consistently that it is usually not necessary to check the rack. These safes have been discussed here before but I'm not sure what to search on.


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... Is it always a better safety to graze a corner ball and leave the CB downtable?
In the old days the top players never, ever played a thin hit on the full rack from a distance to leave the cue ball on the head cushion. They would take a foul to the bottom of the rack first.


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11-24-2018, 09:58 AM

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In the old days the top players never, ever played a thin hit on the full rack from a distance to leave the cue ball on the head cushion. They would take a foul to the bottom of the rack first.

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Yes. Notice how he landed full on the middle ball, hard enough that balls were released from the sides but not hard enough for the cue ball to slide along the bottom of the rack and leave a shot up-table.

With balls loose on the sides, Balsis couldn't simply push up to the head rail. From the back of the rack, there was no good safe to play, so he forced Crane to play from the position.


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