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Hey all, having a hard time calling a ball and pocket on the first rack in 14.1 straight pool. Anyone have any tips to help a straight pool newbie. If possible please us the wei table. Thanks in Advance /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
01-09-2005, 04:52 PM
This is the standard 14.1 opening shot, a safety.
I've seen this shot attempted as an open shot:
The fifteen ball is banked on rail back to the corner pocket. It goes maybe one out of 5 times. Playing the safety is smarter.
Thanks Paul, thats what ive done in the past( the safety break ), was just wondering if there was a way to make a called shot on the break regularly. Ive only been playing straight pool for about 6 months now, im sure theres alot of strategies i still need to learn. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
01-09-2005, 08:44 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Ives:</font><hr> Hey all, having a hard time calling a ball and pocket on the first rack in 14.1 straight pool. Anyone have any tips to help a straight pool newbie. If possible please us the wei table. Thanks in Advance /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif <hr /></blockquote>
best tip you'll ever recieve: practice the lag......LOL
don't lose the lag and you don't have to worry about it
01-09-2005, 09:07 PM
Never seen or heard of anyone calling a ball off the break, virtually everybody plays safe if they get stuck with the opening break.
01-10-2005, 03:32 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote DavidMorris:</font><hr> Never seen or heard of anyone calling a ball off the break, virtually everybody plays safe if they get stuck with the opening break. <hr /></blockquote>
One guy in our league tries that bank back shot every time. I don't know if he ever makes it against anyone else, but he hasn't against me. He's in his 50s so you would think he would know better. Dennis
01-10-2005, 03:55 AM
i have seen good players use a kind of a 8ball break to speed things up when they know that their oponent will not be able to run the open table
but this is no strategy to incorporate in your game if you want to realy learn to play straight pool
01-10-2005, 04:53 AM
Anything other than a safe break has the potential to put you in the chair for a looooooooooong time. It's better to give up the table, than to give up CONTROL of the table.
01-10-2005, 05:56 AM
If you're playing anyone with any talent, you are always better off playing a safety break. I like the tape where Mike Zuglan make an almost perfect safety break and leaves just enough of a long shot to give Mike Segal an opening. Zuglan in a prisoner in the chair and is forced to watch Segal play a perfect 150 and out. If you don't have a shot, don't leave a shot.
01-10-2005, 07:47 AM
Mike Sigel did that twice to Mikee Zuglan and in between his 150 and out. Mike Zuglan ran a 138 on Mike and lost the
When I was playing I practiced the opening breakshot till I would always put the rack back. If I won the lag I would play the opening safety. On new cloth I always felt that the end rail was the best place for your opponent. I don't ever remember anyone hitting me a big run off the break.####
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