In yesterday’s post I described steps I took to improve the speed of my break shot. Speed is certainly an important factor, but it’s only one component of the entire breaking routine. Many factors play a critical role in determining how successful you are with your break shot. I’ve decided to run an experiment (that’s a DOE for you engineer types out there) to identify the most important factors that influence the success of a break shot. I will be specifically focusing on breaking techniques for the game of 8 ball. Before I begin to design and execute my study, I’ll need to do some thoughtful planning, but here are my initial thoughts on factors that I believe need to be manipulated or controlled during the study:
Variables for study: cue ball placement, breaking speed, cue ball spin LCR (left, center, right), cue ball spin FSD (Follow, Stop, Draw), rack contact point.
Variables to be controlled to minimize contribution to experimental error: temperature, humidity, ball cleanliness, table cleanliness, muscle fatigue, rack tightness, rack placement.
What are some other factors you believe will have an influence on the success of a break shot?