PDA

View Full Version : 14.1 - Do I need my head examined?


TimFXF
02-20-2007, 12:38 AM
I've been playing "pool" for a year. Tonight I played 14.1 for the first time. Oh, I've read about it... "played" it (kinda) on my home table...

I think I'm in love.

My folks will say, "Son, 8-Ball is more your speed!" Or they'll tell me about this nice little 9-Ball that lives down the street. (Yeah, but where's the break? I ask them.)

I'm hooked.

Is there a 12-step program for this? I can quit anytime, but...

dmgwalsh
02-20-2007, 09:17 AM
I've been playing "pool" for a year. Tonight I played 14.1 for the first time. Oh, I've read about it... "played" it (kinda) on my home table...

I think I'm in love.

My folks will say, "Son, 8-Ball is more your speed!" Or they'll tell me about this nice little 9-Ball that lives down the street. (Yeah, but where's the break? I ask them.)

I'm hooked.

Is there a 12-step program for this? I can quit anytime, but...

Welcome. You'll find many more of us sick individuals here.

Last night, it felt so good when I made a cut on the short rail and bumped a ball about 2 inches to turn it into a break shot and then completed the rack, got on the break shot, broke them and kept going.... for awhile.

Rempe and Sigel both have good videos on straight pool. Capelle's book is a must buy.

Vahmurka
02-20-2007, 10:30 AM
Capelle's book is a must buy.Approved :)
Sigel has a lot to show, and latest runs by John Schmidt where he tries to explain every move are of highest value!

poolplayer2093
02-20-2007, 11:00 AM
i love 14.1 i finally ran just over 2 racks about a month ago. i know it's not a lot of balls to some but it felt great to me

Njhustler1
02-20-2007, 11:05 AM
um no. no cure. from here on out, just the thrill of victory. the agony of da feet.

Bishop
02-20-2007, 11:07 AM
This game will be the death of you my Son.

hahaha J/K

Bob Jewett
02-20-2007, 11:44 AM
I've been playing "pool" for a year. Tonight I played 14.1 for the first time. ... I'm hooked....
Being near NYC you are also lucky. The World 14.1 Championships will be held in East Brunswick, NJ, July 8-14.

TimFXF
02-20-2007, 12:26 PM
Thanks Bob. Is there a website with info?

dmgwalsh
02-20-2007, 12:58 PM
Thanks Bob. Is there a wesite with info?

I see it mentioned here:

http://www.dragonpromotions.com/index.html

TimFXF
02-20-2007, 02:35 PM
I see it mentioned here:

http://www.dragonpromotions.com/index.html
Thanks... The Hilton is literally right off exit 9 on the NJ Turnpike. Easy to get to from NY and Philly. It's about 45 minutes from the George Washington Bridge (the Jersey side).:D

Jimmy M.
02-20-2007, 03:05 PM
I've been playing "pool" for a year. Tonight I played 14.1 for the first time. Oh, I've read about it... "played" it (kinda) on my home table...

I think I'm in love.

My folks will say, "Son, 8-Ball is more your speed!" Or they'll tell me about this nice little 9-Ball that lives down the street. (Yeah, but where's the break? I ask them.)

I'm hooked.

Is there a 12-step program for this? I can quit anytime, but...

There's no cure. Once you get hooked on that game, that's it. I hear the same thing from the one-pocket players about their game but I have yet to experience that addiction first-hand. In my opinion, straight-pool, when played well, is the most sophisticated, elegant game there is on a pool table.

StevenPWaldon
02-20-2007, 04:14 PM
Start writing your obituary now. My condolences....

mworkman
02-20-2007, 04:22 PM
I'm obsessed with it. Not sure it's a good thing. Once I get done with the drills I want to do, 14.1 is all I do. I should be working on other games too, but I just can't help myself. Good luck.

Slider
02-20-2007, 04:35 PM
Approved :)
Sigel has a lot to show, and latest runs by John Schmidt where he tries to explain every move are of highest value!

I have heard of two Schmidt 14:1 videos. One is available from Accu-Stats, and the other is a 240+ run that John filmed himself. Which one is best?

Ken

lewdo26
02-20-2007, 04:44 PM
I have heard of two Schmidt 14:1 videos. One is available from Accu-Stats, and the other is a 240+ run that John filmed himself. Which one is best?

Ken
I wasn't aware of the 240+ video. Thank you for letting us know...

I'm hooked on 14.1 too, and I'm playing a league. Problem is, the last match I played, the guy wasn't trying to sell out and we played safeties for like freakin' 15 minutes.

I won but I was so exhausted afterwards, it felt like a ahead one-pocket session...:eek:

dmgwalsh
02-21-2007, 08:25 AM
I have heard of two Schmidt 14:1 videos. One is available from Accu-Stats, and the other is a 240+ run that John filmed himself. Which one is best?

Ken

The short accustats has better production values and is commentated by Schmidt and Pat Fleming. The long one is filmed in a garage and is commentated by John Schmidt. If I had to choose one, I'd take the 245. John seems more relaxed in his comments and it is a very good run.

But why choose? get Both!

rayjay
02-21-2007, 09:42 AM
Hi, my name's rayjay and I'm an addict. Just been playing for about three months and I'm hooked. Won a game against my mentor for the first time (outside of no-count) on Monday, 100-73. I had no idea....:p

mnShooter
02-21-2007, 09:47 AM
I like 14.1 but only for the practice aspect. It shows you how to break up balls without getting locked up. It also teaches you how to run more than 10 balls at a time. It requires precision, logic and lots of skill. Once you get good at this game 9 ball and 8 ball seem like childs play.

Njhustler1
02-21-2007, 09:56 AM
I like 14.1 but only for the practice aspect. It shows you how to break up balls without getting locked up. It also teaches you how to run more than 10 balls at a time. It requires precision, logic and lots of skill. Once you get good at this game 9 ball and 8 ball seem like childs play.

Don't forget though, it's also really really good for practicing your concentration over an extended period of time. Really comes in handy when you're playing in a tournament that's all day long.

kennyratt
02-21-2007, 11:34 AM
My name is Kennyratt and I am a Straight-aholic!! O'my, what have I done!!! Regards, Kennyratt

ironhead_79
02-21-2007, 12:10 PM
Hi, my name is Dan and i'm an 14.1 addict, wait a minute, isn't the 12 step program to help you quit, i don't wanna quit, i wanna be a junkie the rest of my life. at least till i hit 100 run, ok that'll be the rest of my life. Don't worry the obsession will wear off after awhile, but the passion never leaves, it'll make you that much better.

Vahmurka
02-21-2007, 03:34 PM
I have heard of two Schmidt 14:1 videos. One is available from Accu-Stats, and the other is a 240+ run that John filmed himself. Which one is best?dmgwalsh put it good already. As for me I couldn't choose between them. I love DCC 111 run for the better commentary actually. Though John might be more relaxed on 245 tape I noticed that Pat Fleming asks him proper questions and thus John explains more shots.
Really, you should get both. If you want to decide yourself try to download the videos available online through DC hub or torrent tracker (when the latter is up again). All thanks for sharing to dmgwalsh-straight-pool-vids-king IMO ;)

MrLucky
02-21-2007, 03:47 PM
I started with straight pool more than 30 years ago and still love it! :)

StraightPoolIU
02-21-2007, 04:17 PM
I bought the 245 run and it on the way here...can't wait. I'm still undecided whether or not I am going to get the accu-stats one, but I probably will eventually because John Schmidt is my favorite player, straight pool is my favorite game, and I'm a sucker for player review tapes.

sjm
02-21-2007, 04:44 PM
Love of straight pool is a condition for which there is no known cure. You're hooked, like some many others here on AZB.

bigskyjake
02-21-2007, 04:59 PM
There's no cure. Once you get hooked on that game, that's it. I hear the same thing from the one-pocket players about their game but I have yet to experience that addiction first-hand. In my opinion, straight-pool, when played well, is the most sophisticated, elegant game there is on a pool table.



It's true, once you get that first taste of 1P you'll crave it for the rest of your days, but admitting you have a problem is the first step:D :D

Jake(admitted 1P abuser)

TimFXF
02-21-2007, 07:02 PM
Honk if you know 14.1...

One ball at a time. Just call it...

Easy Does it (on the break)...

People, Places and Clusters...

Tim

(A nod to those who know Bill W.)

Scottster
02-21-2007, 10:41 PM
Welcome to the game of Champions. I have played pool since the age of 12, but never played 14.1 much until 12 months ago. I am extremely fortunate in the knowledge I have access to in this game, and have learned so much in the last year it is incredible.

The great thing about this game is the challenge of meeting or exceeding your goals. Whether it is running 100, or 30 for the first time, the sense of personal accomplishment you feel when obtaining your goal is the same no matter what level your game is currently at.

chilli66
02-21-2007, 11:36 PM
I have yet to play straight pool, but I'm sure I'll be hooked when I do. To me it looks very similar to snooker when you're making a decent break with the black & keep chipping away at the pack of reds. All about position, position, position. Love that stuff!

Also, it strikes me as the best pool game for keeping an eye on your personal landmarks. As in "What's your highest run?" Like snooker, "What's your highest break?"

I really must try it.

KCarson
02-25-2007, 06:19 AM
Don't forget though, it's also really really good for practicing your concentration over an extended period of time. Really comes in handy when you're playing in a tournament that's all day long.

In other games I play, my misses usually come from lapses in concentration during what should be a simple runout. When playing straight pool, the first time you have a miss in the middle of the 3rd rack on the most simple shot, the frustration will be overwhelming. The second time you miss that same type of shot in 3rd, 4th or 5th rack, the concept of taking no shot for granted is driven home. IMO, playing or practicing straight pool has the potential to dramatically improve every aspect of your game.