AzB Silver Member
If the cue ball is not going to a rail on a break shot why should I put English on the cue ball.
An example would be the standard side of the rack break shot on which Mosconi advised outside english. It also keeps the cue ball from going to far if it gets to the end rail.... one other reason for the use of English on break shots is that many like to use outside to offset collision induced throw on break shots ...
Makes me wonder about typical ball/cloth conditions in Mosconi’s day (?). Beat-up/dirty mud balls & carded cloth WOULD mandate outside english. When was the first ball polishing machine introduced? Would room owners ever hand-clean the balls (never saw it done), or replace? Hardened hand oil or food grease likely provided a sort of protective polish (?), that became wickedly sticky in hot weather (before AC).An example would be the standard side of the rack break shot on which Mosconi advised outside english. It also keeps the cue ball from going to far if it gets to the end rail.
Mosconi pretty much only had one break shot. A sharp angle that sent the cue ball straight into the pack. Hard to scratch.“It happens” to me whenever I fail to assess all the factors involved (ball/cloth condition, OB distance from the rack, tangent line/contact point, speed of hit, etc., etc.). Guys like Mosconi, it seems, would just step up and pop in the breakshot as soon as the rack was lifted, with a good spread & no scratch resulting. Go figure.