Ask Ewa: Dreaming of a great break

Question: No question now, just wanted the opportunity to say how much I admire you and your game. If I could go back and change my life, pool player is still what I would be. Thanks so much for being my role model. Would love some hints on breaking, I do it like a girl.–Margie
Hi Margie,
Thank you so much for the kind words. I have to agree that living my dream and passion is great, and if I can be a role model to you or anyone else, than I have succeeded in more ways than I’d hoped when I started out…

A few tips on breaking for you. The break is more about speed and aim, than it is power. Power is a result of those two ingredients.

Make sure you stand up a bit higher than you normally do, so you can get better clearance and that both feet are planted solid when you break. Start by practicing softer breaks first, making sure that you strike the object ball solid, and then increase the speed of your follow through as you go along.

Finally, a common mistake it holding the cue stick too firm. Keep that grip loose, so you can get maximum speed and with that comes…power.

Good luck girl!


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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