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stopping the ball, you have found your maximum break speed! Now, put together a rack of balls behind that 1-ball, and do the same thing: a stop shot on the 1-ball. You should get a nice scatter on the balls, hopefully pocketing a ball or two, and get shape on the 1-ball for your next shot. Keep practicing the break shot using a single ball. After a while, you will probably find that you can increase your speed while still controlling the ball. An added bonus on practicing in this way is that you don’t have to put together a full rack of balls every time. That can be a bit frustrating, and is probably one of the
biggest reasons most people don’t practice the break. You might even try just racking three balls... still just as easy as breaking 1 ball, but with the satisfaction of scattering some balls. Next month, we’ll talk about the 8-ball break. Do you have some tips on breaking that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at email@example.com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/ billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
“The Viper” (continued from page 13) Shane: “Francisco Bustamante” because he is so fearless!! Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Shane: Cuetec cues!! The BEST cues in the world!! Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Shane: The first 10-years of my young career I played in Valley league (VNEA). Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Shane: Golf and fly-fishing. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Shane: Quite, hard working and athletic. Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Shane: I wouldn’t make any changes because I AM LIVING THE DREAM!! Viper: How do you prepare for events? Shane: I practice at least 3-hrs before matches and I am always working on my break. (Viper: When I am on the road and see Shane, he is always practicing even in between matches- the kid is like a machine!) Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Shane: My grandpa once told me to work on my break and to try and break the balls like “Mike Segal” and I took it to heart. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Shane: I LOVE beating everyone! Viper: If you could say one thing to a young upcoming player what would it be?
Shane: Life is short, so go to school and enjoy what makes you happy! Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Shane: Bar-table 8-ball. Here are some Facebook questions for you… Erika White from Black Hawk, CO asks: Shane, who is the toughest opponent you’ve ever played? Shane: Francisco Bustamante. Brian Ruden from Golden, CO asks: Shane you have one of the best breaks on the pro tour and you break with your playing cue, why do you use your playing cue to break, and if it cause any problems with your tip. Also, what tip do you play with and is it hard, medium, or soft? Shane: Yes, I break with my playing cue and I have a Kamuii tip hard. Phillip Pensabene from Georgetown, TX asks: How did you develop your amazing stroke and were you mentored by anyone? Shane: Its all natural and nobody really helped me. Josh Soneathit Souvannakasy from Anchorage, AK asks: Shane what went wrong with your hearing? Shane: I was born deaf. Jackie Claxton from Springfield, MO also asks: What drives you to play? Which is hardest for you, the mental aspects of the game, or preparing after you find out whom you’re playing? Or does it matter. Shane: What drives me to play is winning! It does not matter whom I am playing, but its all-hard work in the end!
Eric Mayeda from Greeley, CO asks: What drills does he run when warming up for events?? Shane: No drills, just playing 10-ball patterns. Shaun Pierce from Tempe, AZ asks: What achievement in pool is he most proud of? Who are your favorite MLB and NFL teams? Shane: My victory at the 2007 US OPEN and I don’t follow baseball and I like the Dallas Cowboys. Linda Trujillo from Cheyenne, WY also asks: Shane, are you single and available!! Shane: No comments! Gail Eaton from Los Angeles, CA also asks: Shane do you have any pre-tournament and/or pre-shoot routines? Shane: All I look for is patterns. Hal Leisure from San Antonio, TX also asks: When did you know you could stand with the best players in the world? Shane: When I was 17 years old I beat pro player Danny Harriman. Johnny Tan from Brunei, Malaysia asks: What is his cue weight and ferrule size? Shane: 19 oz. and 12.2 mm. A special “Thank-you” to Shane VanBoening for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month you can find me on Facebook: www. facebook.com/melissalittleakatheviper
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