To start things off I will offer some background information on my break, where I am at right now and where I hope to go. Also, I want to lay the cards out there and search through the posts to find nuggets to help with my break.
For the record, I have NEVER worked on my break speed. Mostly I play one pocket, so the rotation games just weren't a big part of my game.
It was a major shock to me when my break speed was clocked by Doc Hutch and his Iphone app. I always assumed that I broke around 20-21 mph. :lol:
When the app read 15 & 16 mph, I was like, WTH? We then had all kinds of guys, some of them out of shape so bad, you would have thought they couldn't break 18 if their life depended on it. It was really kind of an awakening for me. I always thought I had a fairly solid break. In 9 ball on a bar table, with a Magic Rack, I can do a little damage. :wink: In the pool room where I play, balls get switched around and they are hard to rack tight, so breaking results are often inconsistent.
If you were to categorize my break style, it would be called a stroke break with speed, meaning that I break, mostly with using my forearm to account for my speed. I can squat the rack pretty well doing that but like I said, at 15 & 16 MPH with different sized balls and tight pocket Diamond tables, it doesn't always produce if you know what I mean.
Anyway DocHutch and I decided to try out the BreakRak and purchased the "radar" accessory to go with it. The radar unit resets itself, comes with a shield that protects it from being hit by a flying cue ball and is a convenient accessory. After getting the installation process down pat and tweaking the BreakRak, I got down to the botton line and that my break speed is VERY SLOW. It didn't take me long to figure out that my break speed wasn't going to change radically and certainly not overnight. However, I quickly came to realize that I could regularly break at 17-18 mph after using the BreakRak for an hour. I didn't want to work out too severely with break speed and risk an injury so I stopped and let some of the other guys hit the break. Every single one of them could not beat me at ANY game but some of them hit 22-23 mph without flying off the table and they used, MY BREAK CUE. It was a sobering experience to say the least.
I did figure out that some body movement is definitely a help in increasing break speed. Being 20-40 years old helps with break speed, especially if you have fast-twitch muscles. Most of the guys who can easily break over 20 mph are surprisingly strong. I think muscle strength, fast twitch muscles and technique are all important in break speed.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think break speed is more important than controlling whitey and having a shot on the lowest numbered ball on the table. I am simply on a quest to increase my controlled break speed. I plan on a weekly training schedule with the break rack to see how that goes and will post the results as they occur.
At 17-18 mph, I noticed a lot more 9 ball activity on the break and that's a very small increase in speed. I did clock myself at hitting 20.48 mph but not that often. I hit more 19 mph than 20 and as I said 17-18 seemed to be my average. Hopefully, I can increase my speed over time without pulling a muscle or causing a rotator cuff injury. :grin: Prior to having my break speed clocked, if someone had wanted to be me that I didn't hit regurlarly at 20 mph, they would have easily gotten a bet from me.
If any of you have some tips or results that you would like to share, please do so. This thread may go on for a while. I don't plan on becoming a 30 mph breaker like Dechaine or Bryant but I will increase my break speed from where it is. I know some of you will probably say that it isn't a big stretch but the truth is that I have watched a lot of videos and thought that I was already doing a lot of what was suggested in the break videos as well as the info on this forum.
So if you've got something to share, get after it.