While there are reds on the table, a break must always start by potting a red. This in itself will need to become second nature before you will reap the full rewards. The game starts with the red ball on it's spot and the cue ball of the starting player placed in the D at the front of the table. Many novice players have a bad habit, and this is that in the event no other obvious shot is available, they go down the ' hit and hope ' route. This is far more likely to be successful than you teetering precariously on your tip toes and attempting to make a good contact with the cue ball.
Correct Ways to Hold a Cue
What I am trying to say here is that the ' slowly slowly catchy monkey ' approach is best unless you are a naturally fantastic and confident potter. At this stage, if the difference in score is more than seven points, the game ends since it is only sporting to assume that a player will not miss a direct shot and so there is no way for the losing player to win.