Another thing to remember is the -31 rule, where you take the length of pattern and subtract 31. That will give you where generally you want your breakpoint to be. Some people still think that no matter what pattern you are on, that high end equipment is the way to go. IMO....for those with heavy handed rev rates, dont be afraid to ball down; say something like a Freeze Solid at 2000 or 4000 and get in to 13-15 at the arrows and MAKE SURE the ball gets to the breakpoint. If you ball down and miss a pinch left, you may still end up with at worst a 4 pin or 3-6-10. If you use high end stuff and miss a pinch, be lucky to stay right of the head pin (right hander). On the short patterns, there is always going to be "free hook". Use it as an advantage and not a disadvantage. Even guys that arent so heavy handed can ball down as long as the volume is not too high. The only guys that I can see using higher end equipment, are those that are pretty speed dominate and/or have a good amount of axis tilt and can help the ball push down the lane.
Personally I dont like using 1-2 as a breakpoint simply because you have zero miss room right (gutter) and if you do miss left, the ball will want to hook at your feet (little exaggeration). I like using around 4-5 as a breakpoint so if you do miss right, you still hit something and get count, but if you miss left, the volume is usually heavier inside anyway. The it just becomes about ball matchup and how clean the release was.