And in my scenario, you only need three balls.
As long as you make SOMETHING on the break (let's say you make one ball), you have to make two more. Provided you have a shot at ANYTHING, then after you make THAT shot, the realm of possibilities for combinations, caroms, kiss shots, banks, kicks, you name it.
The realm of possible shots just increased significantly !!!
Balls stay down on all fouls, so after I commit to the group I want, I only have to insure that the third ball goes down by any means.
Even if playing "your ball" into "my ball" to sink that third ball means I give you ball in hand, it doesn't matter. I've already made the three balls I need. Match is over.
The last thing I want to do is give the best player in the league the opportunity to get to the table in any situation.
So if I've been sinking ball(s) on my breaks, I'm feeling pretty good about making something on this break, regardless of who my opponent is.
And, for me, the fact that I only need three balls makes the choice even clearer...
Great point. I put our match on ice last year knowing I needed just 1 ball. My opponent put a pretty good safe on me, but allowed me to still see one of my balls, though it didn't go anywhere. He thinks he has me by the short hairs. I jack up, knock myball, a couple of his balls, and the cue ball off the table. All object balls all stay down, he gets ball in hand, but I got the one ball I needed. He, nor his team, was amused in the least but hey, he should have locked me down on that safe.