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End It Early
Here's how to sink the 8 on the break.
By "Dr. Cue" Tom Rossman
IN SOME in some amateur leagues (including the APA), you can win the game immediately if you make the 8 ball on the break without a scratch, so I'd like to show you how to do that. This can be a tremendous advantage, especially if you're a lower-level player who may not be able to run out as often as your opponent.
You're going to break from the side, so the cue ball can travel down-table and hit the ball in the second row - the 13 in this case, as shown in Diagram 5 - as fully as possible without hitting the head ball (see Fig. 5). The reason you want to hit this second ball? The 13 is in direct contact with the 8 ball, which will allow you to transfer more energy from the cue ball to the 8. When you hit the head ball, you lose energy from the 1 to the 8, because it's dispersed evenly to the 4 and 13 balls and then to the rest of the rack.
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