How To Break Billiard Ball Rack
Learning how to break billiard ball rack is crucial if you hope to become a competent and competitive player. A great break can really make your game. A good break will not just sink a ball or two, but it will also spread the pool balls all over the table, setting you up for future shots. Of course, as with other aspects of the game, learning how to properly break a billiard ball rack requires a lot of practice.
You will need:
- Cue Stick
- Biliard Balls
- Billiard Table
- Start with a tight solid rack. Believe it or not, when you break in billiards, if you do not set up the rack properly, you will be less effective. To ensure the best results, make sure that the balls are all touching when you rack them. There should be no space between any of the balls. This is called a frozen rack. When there is space between pool balls, then the entire break loses energy, as motion transfers from one ball to the other.
- Set up your cue stick. Choose a proper break stick. If available, choose one that is completely solid; not one that unscrews. Also, many people prefer to use la ighter cue stick when they break a billiard ball rack. The cue should also be chalked up properly; more chalk makes for a more solid hit.
- Set up the cue. In billiards, the cue ball will be placed behind the head string on a break. The head string is the imaginary line found at the second dot located on the rails, on the end opposite the racked balls. You can set the cue ball any where behind the head string, but it is best to place the ball to the left or right of the center of table.
- Go for the break. In billiards, your break is reliant on a solid hit. Strike the cue ball just above its center. This will help you create force on the break, while also helping you keep the cue ball under control, preventing a scratch. While you can aim at the first ball, it is best to aim for one of the two balls in the second row. To ensure the best break in billiards, make sure you hit the ball straight on; not at an angle.
- Keep practicing. Nobody breaks a billiard ball rack perfectly on their first attempt. It takes practice; but with enough practice, you can have a perfect break almost every time.