Ask Ewa: The 8 ball break

I play 8 ball I break from the left side rail. I aim for the first ball (the bottom point of the rack). The cue ball scratches in the upper left corner pocket most of the time. What am I doing wrong? What do I need to change to stop scratching? By the way I love watching you play. –Rick

Hi Rick,

It sounds to me like you need to aim a bit higher on the cueball. From what I can tell from your question, I have a feeling you’re getting a bit of draw on it, which results in the cue ball coming back, scratching in the corner pocket, nearest you.

If you instead mean that it scratches in the left pocket, nearest the rack, then you simply need to adjust your aim to hit the ball a bit more solid.

Hope that helps!

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