I recently downloaded the Break Speed app for my iPhone. It’s very simple to use and is pretty nifty. The application allows you to specify the size table you are playing on and requires that you specify (graphically) where you are placing the cue ball when you break. I found the app to be very useful. It provides quantitative feedback on your breaking speed as you experiment with the few variables that you can control in an effort to help you refine your breaking technique. Recently, I tested my two primary playing cues to see if there was any difference in performance when used for the break shot:
(1) My playing cue: A McDermott model D7
(2) My backup cue: A custom made Bautista
Yep, the Bautista is a better breaking cue for me…if my criterion is breaking speed. I’ll continue to work on my break to maximize speed while at the same making sure that I keep the cue ball under control.