Pretty much even... it lied so far...
Who is breaking better? Or is it just Dennis is that much better after the break.
Both players are getting the one in side pretty regular. Dennis really had it dialed in early yesterday making the one and getting position on the two in the upper corner. Sky’s still hitting it slightly harder trying to get the two down by the side. Neither player has been able to lay it down consistently over long stretches but Dennis has been having the more consistent results.
The 3 point rule is coming into play occasionally for both players. Even hitting the balls with decent speed and making the one, weird kisses happen and they turn the table over.
Sky just looks out of form. Ring rust and new equipment maybe. Hes had opportunities to make up ground but has had a ton of unforced errors on fairly routine racks that kills his momentum.
Dennis has been super solid since the end of day 1.
To add on to this, Skylar has just plain missed some balls that he should never miss. A big turning point early on day 2 was when he followed the 8 ball into the pocket after he got too straight in. In another rack he had ball in had on the 1 and got ugly on the 2 ball. That entire rack was a textbook example of how not to play a rack of 9 ball. Bad ball in hand position and as a result of that every shot was like 7 feet long and on the wrong side. He ended up missing on the 7 or so and handed Dennis the game. Truth is the score could easily be 20+ game difference at end of day 2.
For those not familiar with it, they are using the WPA 3 point break rule . It's interesting. A total of three balls must either be pocketed on the break or pass/touch the head string. If that doesn't happen, the opponent has a choice to shoot or pass the shot back.
If the opponent chooses to take the shot, they can't push out. If they give back the shot, the breaker can push out.
In my opinion, while this eliminates the soft break (which is the intention) it adds an element of luck to the break. Some pretty hard breaks have resulted in fouls and loss of the game.
With the 9 racked on the spot, it would be a lot easier to pocket the one in the side with a soft break, so I understand why this rule is needed. Also, they are racking the two in the back every time. I assume this is required as well.
I haven't played with WPA rules but it sounds like this will be more common from now on.
Not looking good for Mikey Frost...he got 18 games on the wire.