You study the watch......
Problem is if you don't make a couple of like balls on the break. Can assure you if you give me an open rack, you will lose 90% of the time. Without your three balls. Accidents do happen so you do have a chance.
Like the idea of fouling to make the last needed ball. Won a trip to Vegas years ago with that shot. My opponent was thrilled to see me foul. Didn't understand the ramifications till other players started to congratulate me. Only then did it sink in. All balls stay down. Even illegally made ones.
I hear ya, Cardiac Kid.
I guess some of it might depend on how the breaks are going. Sure, anything can happen. But if I'm making balls 90% of the time, I like my odds.
Now, if you told me I had to make 6 or 7 balls, now I might be in favor of the safe break. But I'm leaning towards going all in on my only needing to make three balls.
I just gotta make SOMETHING on the break.
Well, beside the cue ball or the eight ball, that is