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The Best Custom Pool Tables Provide Inspiration to Mastering the Game

Posted by: on December 18, 2014

As a pool enthusiast, there's no better feeling than to have all the time to practice your game on one of the exquisite custom pool tables from the country’s best manufacturers. Pretty soon, you will find yourself mastering the basics of the game, including the different types of strokes necessary to pocket balls in specific situations. To have a really good game, however, you also need to learn how to break the rack properly.

As contributor J. Travis Smith writes on Gear Patrol:

Being loud is usually obnoxious, but when it comes to the break in billiards, it’s completely necessary. No one is guaranteeing you’ll have Tom Cruise’s “sledgehammer break” from The Color of Money (more likely you’ll end up ripping a hole in the table), but perfecting a good break isn’t as difficult as it looks.

Here are a few tips to achieve that good break and open up great shot opportunities:

Maintain power and accuracy – Power alone doesn’t make for a good break, nor does accuracy alone. The foremost rule for a good break is to always aim for the head ball (often the 1 ball) as accurately as possible. Hitting the head ball dead center allows the power of your break shot to transfer all throughout the entire rack. On the other hand, hitting with pure power and no accuracy may result in equipment damage or even injury; and hitting accurately but without power simply wouldn’t take your game too far.

Keep the rack tight – Pool allows you to rack the balls before your break, so make the most out of it by keeping your rack tight, or “frozen”. This is important because of simple scientific principles: if not all of the balls are touching each other, most of them wouldn’t move even if you break with all your might.

Avoid the sidespin – You want to hit the ball dead-center all the time, so keep your hand firm when striking. This prevents the cue ball from scratching. Even the slightest sideways movement from your striking hand will cause your cue ball to move erringly around the table.

Maintain a proper stance – A good rack break would never be possible without a proper stance. Stand upright to allow for a smooth, long flowing stroke. For greater power, you can pivot your shooting side foot, narrow your stance and propel your hip and torso forward; or you can shift your weight to your front foot.

Keep all these tips in mind and keep practicing on the best pool tables from makers like Pharaoh Manufacturing. A good break will set you up for a smooth and enjoyable game.

(Source: Guide to Life: How to Properly Break in Pool, Gear Patrol, March 12, 2014)

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