Question: Why should I use a break stick to break? How would it improve my break? –Rick

Answer:
Hi Rick,

There is no rule that you need to use a break cue. Until about fifteen years ago, none of the pros did either. However, most break cues have a harder tip, one not really conducive to shooting with english, etc. Since you hit the break with a lot more power, the regular tip tends to “mushroom” quicker when breaking. Also, break cues normally have a stiffer shaft, which is a plus when breaking.

How to improve your break is a tougher question since I haven’t seen your break, so I’m not sure what you need to work on. However, a couple of basic suggestions are to stand up a bit more than you do on your normal shots. This allows more clearance on the follow through.

Also, I would suggest hitting the cue ball in the center, or close to it. Finally, remember that a solid hit on the 1-ball (if you play 9-ball) is more important than power. Good luck!
~Ewa

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