the problem i see is you leave an open view of the balls
after your shot
to me the ideal place to be is behind the 8
whether that be coming off the 1 or 2 railing the 5 or even soft kicking on it(8)
Kicking softly behind the 8ball will too often leave a two in the corner on the 1ball. You really don't get much done with the kick unless you freeze to the 8ball, i'm not banking on that happening. Two rails into the 8ball and move it toward your side leaving distance. Now you're applying pressure and forcing your opponent to come with a good shot.