Ask Ewa: Give Up On Too Much Perfection

When I break an  8 ball rack, cue is to the right  almost like a nine ball break. I hit the cue ball just a hair off center on the left, at the same time using right English, targeting the center of the 1st ball,  the one at the top usually goes right in the left side pocket or comes dam close, If I do it right , I get the one and a nice wide break, do it wrong and I leave them wide or the rack is barely broken. Should I give up on perfecting this because I am using some English  which I lose power and it is really to hard to perfect or are there any tips you might be able to give me to improve this technique of the break. Thx! A big fan. Lloyd

Dear Lloyd,

Yes! As in Yes; Give Up On Too Much Perfection.

You are correct. Using a lot of spin on the cue ball, makes you lose some power, but more importantly, using English makes the hit on the head ball more difficult to control. I admit, I am a little confused by your description, so if what you do now works most of the time, then by all means – carry on…

However, I would suggest you really focus on hitting the cue ball where you want to, to reduce your chances of scratching. Second, get as much power into the 8-ball break as you can muster up. 8-Ball is a bit different than 9-ball. You don’t have to focus as much on the head ball. Your odds of making something on the break with a solid powerful hit is much greater.

Best of luck to you!!!

Ewa LauranceEwa Mataya Laurance is one of the most visible superstars in the history of pocket billiards. Known as The Striking Viking, she took the billiard world by storm since she moved to the US from her native Sweden.

Following her childhood dream of becoming the best in the world, she continues to be a dominant presence on the international billiard scene.  Ewa is the current International and World Cup Trick Shot Champion, the holder of multiple World and US Open 9-ball titles, and has also won the Swedish, European and US National Championships in her incredible career. A former # 1 ranked player in the world, Ewa has received Player of the Year honors, been named WPBA Sportsperson of the Year, and in 2004, was inducted into the prestigious Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.

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