a break a lone red has settled close to the top cushion below the
black. If possible leave it where it has come to rest, playing position
for the reds in the middle of the table.
reason for this is that at some stage during a break after potting
a red you may end up out of position, perhaps straight or nearly
straight on the black (as shown). Should this happen you can either
deep screw the cue ball off the black onto the cushion and out into
the middle of the table hoping to regain position on a central red,
or play a soft screw shot for the red into the left centre pocket.
you could gently roll the black in, following through with the white
for the red close to the top cushion into the opposite corner pocket.
with deep screw involves striking the cue ball with extra power
which clearly increases the potential for error. The red in the
centre pocket is easy to miss and will need to be played at gentle
pace. Playing position for this ball may also create difficulties
later in the break as two reds are situated close to the cushions
and one is tied up beneath the pink.
due consideration, you may feel that running the white through remains
the best option, gaining position on the red on the top cushion.
Should the pot go in down the cushion you are guaranteed to gain
some sort of position on the black.
are many examples where you may find a red on the top cushion useful
whilst compiling your break. Leave one
there and use it when you have to!
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