building a break it will often become necessary to disturb balls
that are tightly clustered together, for the break to continue.
This happens predominantly around the pink and black.
balls can be achieved whilst potting a red but often makes position
on the next colour hard to guarantee, so is usually undertaken whilst
potting a colour.
Four of the more common approaches to disturbing the reds are detailed
in this page.
In Fig 1, we see a situation that is synonymous with seven times
world champion Stephen Hendry. A red has been potted and position
obtained 'high' on the blue. A nice angle exists to pot the blue
and cannon into the pink, thus disturbing the cluster of reds. Play
the shot with varying degrees of pace and below centre striking
to experience the ball reactions.
played correctly and with sufficient pace the white remains in the
centre of the table and the reds are promoted around the pink and
black spot. If luck is on your side a red will be become available
providing an opportunity for the break to continue.
The trick is to hit the pink ball absolutely full in the face, maximising
the movement of the reds and subsequently avoiding the cue ball
sliding off the pack towards the corner pockets.
Figure 2, a red has been potted and position obtained on the yellow.
The reds however, are tightly bunched together below the pink and
will need to be opened up if the break is to continue.
The yellow ball provides the natural angle to disturb the reds.
The shot can be played in varying ways, but try deep screw and left
hand side, with considerable pace, cannoning off the side cushion
into the pack of reds.
Even if played to perfection this shot may only disturb a few reds,
so fingers crossed that your luck is in and you end up on a colour.
Disturbing the cluster in this way would give a top professional
player enjoyment, that is how hard it is to play well.
In Figures 3 and 4, a red has been potted and position obtained
on the black.
the reds are tightly bunched and will need disturbing for the break
to continue. In the first example the white has finished below the
black providing a natural angle to attack the pack. For this shot
the white should be struck with below centre striking and with sufficient
pace to dislodge the reds.
Figure 4, the white is above the black.
For this shot the black will need to be potted with above centre
striking. Forward momentum will take the cue ball onto the cushion
and up into the pack of reds.
With a little luck this will disturb the balls in such a way for
the break to continue.
all these shots and incorporate them into your general play. Identify
other 'set' shots and routines that are regularly required to disturb
the balls clustered together or situated close to cushions.
ability to promote balls that are otherwise unavailable will increase
your break building potential.
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