9-Ball Break Strategy and Effects (see the follow-up video for new and important information)
Check out the follow-up video with important additional information here:
Dr. Dave looks at the racking controversy from the 2018 Derby City Classic. The video demonstrates basic break strategy and effects, and then shows what Dennis and Shane could have been doing to be so effective.
Here a links to resources mentioned in the video:
Video Encyclopedia of Nine-ball and Ten-ball” (VENT):
VENT-I: Break Strategy and Effects:
How to Get a Tight Rack and How to Train a Table:
Pattern Racking Strategy:
Point in the DDC match where Jayson accuses Shane of cheating:
Photo Jayson took of Shane's rack with his phone:
Quote from Shane in response to controversy (from Facebook):
“If anyone think I was cheating then prove it. Where is the rules stating no gaps in the rack? Or you can or can’t make a ball on the break? Anyone? Derby city rules, all it says rack your own, no pattern racking. No rules has been broken.”
pertinent WPA World Standardized Rules entry:
2.2 Nine Ball Rack
The object balls are racked as tightly as possible in a diamond shape, with the one ball at the apex of the diamond and on the foot spot and the nine ball in the middle of the diamond. The other balls will be placed in the diamond without purposeful or intentional pattern.