CJ this will probably be old news to you, maybe not.Wade spent a lot of time with me showing me what he considered the secrets to the break. The way he released his wrist and the target he aimed at on the cueball is what he stressed the most.
He was powerful in the wrist and forearms, you could tell my shaking hands with him.
Wade also encouraged me to strengthen my hands and fingers as much as possible, so I bought a 16 pound shot put and started "squirting" it out of my hands using just my fingers.
It's around 1994 and there was some kind of heavy money tournament at Mister Cue's Pool Room just off one of the 285 exits in the ATL.
Some good players and their stakehorses were there. Parica, Townsend, Archer, Ellin, I even think David Sizemore was still alive and there, along with the usual assortment of the "dangerous crowd" like Mean Stafford Dean.
I drew Scotty Townsend right out of the gate and he destroyed me....so I was relegated to the rail to eyeball and scuffle side bets.
Billy J. was playing Larry Nevill. The tables were 4 1/2 x 9's and did have pretty friendly pockets, but you didn't 'steal' anything on them.
Billy had one game where he broke and made every ball on the table except the 8 and 9. Then made them on consecutive shots. Three shots to win the game
In all my years of watching 9 Ball, I had never seen that many balls fly in on the break.
He had that break really working and the crowd just got bigger watching the balls explode. Nevill just sat in the chair shaking his head.