Pool Lessons How to Break Pool Balls

Pool Lessons How to Break Pool Balls by Charlie Bryant while at the Super Billiards Expo in Valley Forge, PA in March, 2008. See more at www.insidepoolmag.com

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  1. ilikechiken29 says:

    the faces at 5:05-5:12 just told me something went wrong with that break

  2. MaFiaXei says:

    Dude he’s sweating.

  3. MrHighcue1 says:

    i break with my playing cue every day you can not warp your shaft by breaking this guy is crazy and there is more then one way of breaking.

  4. super79ball says:

    @MrHighcue1 if u notice when he breaks he puts pressure on his shaft which makes it very suseptible to wharping so yes u can

  5. MrHighcue1 says:

    ya i did notice that and if pointless to put pressure on your shaft like that ,but it still it will not warp your shat ,but i have seen a guy at my local pool hall break his shaft in half doing that .

  6. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @ilikechiken29 – Uh, NO! The expression wasn’t because something went wrong! It was utter shock and awe because the cue ball went straight up into the air and straight back down again on the table! Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant probably breaks the balls harder than anybody today WITH accuracy!

  7. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – You never saw Mike Sigel in his heydey. Google hm & you might see what his break shaft looked like when he broke. Probably the greatest player of the decade from 1980.

  8. MrHighcue1 says:

    ya if your not paying for the table cloth you can get away with it and i just don’t see the point, if you can explains how bending your shaft on the table helps you break i am all ears and yes i no who mike segal is, and if he is bending the cue for power i don’t get it i cant even hit the ball at 100% power wright now or the ball is uncontrollable ,or can fly of the table and take out a pool light and i don’t flex my cue i use wrist and body action . check out u.j Puckett theirs a good break

  9. MrHighcue1 says:

    @BONHZEPPELIN plus you you know effrin reyes played in the 1980s

  10. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – Bending the shaft on the table won’t rip the cloth. Bending the shaft is mainly the result of individual technique. Mike Sigel broke that way because he was afraid of hitting his knuckles on the table during his stroke. Doing that on a Brunswick table will mess up our hand! Charlie Bryant‘s break freaky. On the break, his stick goes level w/the table during his follow through. I’ve seen it personally. He controls the cue ball too! The cue ball bounces straight up and down.

  11. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – Bending the shaft on the table won’t rip the cloth. Bending the shaft is mainly the result of individual technique. Mike Sigel broke that way because he was afraid of hitting his knuckles on the table during his stroke. Doing that on a Brunswick table will mess up our hand! Charlie Bryant‘s break is freaky. His stick goes level w/the table during the follow through. I’ve seen it personally. He controls the cue ball too! The cue ball bounces straight up and down.

  12. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – Mike Sigel won nearly 100% of his tournament head to heads against Efren Reyes in the ’80’s. Of course, being from the Philippines Efren missed alot of Tournaments in the US. Efren is also quoted as saying his toughest opponent was Mike Sigel. It took Efren years to beat Buddy Hall in a tournament match. Buddy Hall was the only American to beat Efren gambling when he first came to the US (as aka Ceasar Morales) . Buddy had him rattled for years after that.

  13. MrHighcue1 says:

    tell me something i don’t know your missing the point
    ,and i would pick a young buddy hall over sigel any-day ,and buddy does not break like that no shat bend .

  14. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – It seemed to me you were saying Efren was better than Sigel in the ’80’s, which is why I responded accordingly. Also, YES I agree with you that bending the shaft in it of itself doesn’t produce more power. Some people short snap the break. By short snap I mean not following completely through. Nick Varner & Kim Davenport would bend the shaft into cloth, but they had big breaks. Charlie Bryant is right, severely bending the shaft on the break will warp the shaft.

  15. MrHighcue1 says:

    he is bending his shaft for a millisecond during the break
    i just don’t be-leave that can warp it i have seen people break a shaft on the break but that’s it i break with my playing cue every day and other than i half to maintenance my tip i have had no problems in the last 10 years at all if you cant break with your playing cue you should get a knew cue and if you bend your shaft like that on the break that is poor technique and you should work on your basic approach to the break .

  16. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – Yes, but Charlie still bends it pretty severly. Sigel REALLY bent it. Go to eBay & type Mike Sigel. There is an auction for a pool Calender (insanely priced by the way), & it has a gr8 pic of Mike’s crazy cue bend. His shaft would warp, & he often straightened it out on the table. If you’ve ever seen Mike play you know. I agree w/you too to a point. I bend on the break (not as severly) & the shaft has no issues. Poor technique is a relative term. ie. Greenleaf, McCready.

  17. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – Oh if you go on eBay be sure to type mike sigel in quotes & be sure to click on the titles and descriptions box! You will see the calender (Mike is on the cover) more than halfway down the list.

  18. MrHighcue1 says:

    McCready has horrible technique and greenleaf was a child molester ,and once your cue warps it will always will warp back to the way it warped and if you don’t be-leave me ask a cue builder . shafts can be straightened but they don’t last .

    plus mast people who bend there cue on the break against the table do so after the tip hits the cue ball witch make it pointless!

  19. MrHighcue1 says:

    i am not saying he dosent bend his cue, i am saying its stupid

  20. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – Yes, McCready & Greenleaf had terrible looking tech., strokes, but in spite of that they’re gr8 players, which was my point.

    A number of gr8 players bend the shaft on the break. A follow through is a follow through whether it’s long like Efren’s, or a short punchy stab like Allen Hopkins’. On paper, I agree it does look pointless, however you can’t disregard the results these gr8 players get with it. Flawed or not. There is more than one way to skin a deer. ^__^

  21. MrHighcue1 says:

    do you own a pool table

  22. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    @MrHighcue1 – Unfortunately I don’t. I had an opportunity to get a gold crown II for a gr8 price, I just don’t have the space. How ’bout you? Most people I know end up piling junk on them or the wife uses it to fold laundry. A common cliche but all too commonly true. I think you’re a pool purist like me so you wouldn’t allow that to happen.

  23. MrHighcue1 says:

    yes i do i don’t have the room at my house but i have a practice room 1 block down from my house . i agree most people have tables and complain about the way they play and how they miss balls and cant get better ,but just wont practice . I practice at least 2 hours a day and have a nice music set up where i practice it very relaxing compared to most bars dealing with drunks who have no idea what the rules are. I also fortunate enough to have a pool hall about 3 blocks from my house.

  24. BONHZEPPELIN says:

    You’re lucky. I’m about 4.5 miles from a pool hall. No gold crowns or diamond tables though. =( I play 9ball tournaments a few times a week, and get my practice in then when I can. I’d love to play more straight pool, but there aren’t any weekly straight pool tourneys on the west coast . No weekly 1pocket either.

  25. DCTheGuitarist says:

    Dude sounds like boomhower from King of the Hill

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