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Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 11:33 AM
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Posted By Bob Jewett
In the 2020 World Snooker Championship, Ronnie...

In the 2020 World Snooker Championship, Ronnie did exactly that. He found himself in some safety battles with Mark Selby, he realized he was playing Selby's game and he was unlikely to win the battle...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 11:16 AM
Replies: 478
Views: 18,606
Posted By Bob Jewett
I've been playing with contacts for a long time....

I've been playing with contacts for a long time. Without glasses/contacts I say "E" on the eye test because I have that line memorized.

I had a pair of glasses that brought the balls into focus,...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 10:59 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
I'm not sure I understand the shot you were...

I'm not sure I understand the shot you were trying. Towards the chalk with left side spin?

I think the "plus system extended" 3- or 4-railer is a shot every nineballer needs to know, but it's...
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
I mean to have my cue stick go towards the single...

I mean to have my cue stick go towards the single point that is the center of the cue ball so that the cue ball leaves the tip without any spin whatsoever.
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By Bob Jewett
Since you are a new player just starting out, the...

Since you are a new player just starting out, the cushion profile will make no real difference to your game. When you get to the point that you occasionally clear a whole rack of balls, and you are...
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
I think that is a good answer if the ball is...

I think that is a good answer if the ball is frozen. In the actual shot there was enough room to shoot to the lower side rail and get the hit, so the ball wasn't frozen. It's hard to tell on the...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-22-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 563
Posted By Bob Jewett
Do you have any specific examples?

Do you have any specific examples?
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,128
Posted By Bob Jewett
I used to play a guy that was similar, but it...

I used to play a guy that was similar, but it seemed to be on a night-by-night basis. If his opponent got a few good rolls he would figure that the pool gods were against him and he would start...
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
The two times fuller method seems to have two...

The two times fuller method seems to have two major sources of error assuming you have measured the distances correctly:

Because there is throw on the shot, the object ball is pulled towards the...
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 737
Posted By Bob Jewett
One thing that is touched on by Crane is that...

One thing that is touched on by Crane is that there is a third aspect: playing the score. That is much more common at one pocket where if you are way behind, it makes sense to try a low percentage...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-22-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 563
Posted By Bob Jewett
Probably true. What are the main points that...

Probably true.

What are the main points that a student or instructor should take away from books such as Colvin's? What is actually useful in them for people who want to play pool better?
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
It's easy to demonstrate that bisecting the angle...

It's easy to demonstrate that bisecting the angle is the wrong thing to do. Halving a distance (or doubling the distance in some cases) is the correct thing to do.

Halving the angle is almost...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-22-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 563
Posted By Bob Jewett
Do you have an example of any great performance...

Do you have an example of any great performance that is not preceded by "experience, specific inborn abilities, and general abilities such as intelligence and memory"?

And, by the way, I consider...
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 737
Posted By Bob Jewett
Play the table or the opponent?

Recently there were some comments in the turning point thread about playing your opponent, which I take to mean consider his skills, weaknesses and faults, and be sure to put him in a position where...
Forum: Main Forum 09-22-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,185
Posted By Bob Jewett
There is a major snooker tournament in progress...

There is a major snooker tournament in progress right now. No audience. Everyone is tested. Referees wear masks. No shaking of hands. Normal practice is for the referee to help the player with...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-22-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 315
Posted By Bob Jewett
The other way to avoid fighting the conditions is...

The other way to avoid fighting the conditions is to play much closer position. Leave the cue ball six inches instead of a foot from the OB. Or a foot instead of two or three feet. I think that's...
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-22-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 315
Posted By Bob Jewett
The alternative is for the cue ball to arrive at...

The alternative is for the cue ball to arrive at the object ball with some amount of sliding/stun/draw. The amount that it has will change the rebound angle. The amount is, in general, a hard thing...
Forum: Main Forum 09-21-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,263
Posted By Bob Jewett
If the rails are the same height above the cloth...

If the rails are the same height above the cloth on two tables, and the cue ball is on the spot and the cue stick is almost brushing the top of the rail as you shoot the cue ball up the center of the...
Forum: Main Forum 09-21-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
To the extent that I understand what you just...

To the extent that I understand what you just said, I believe it is false. The action when the cue ball is frozen to the object ball is about as immune to grip as a normal (free cue ball) shot.
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-21-2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 563
Posted By Bob Jewett
What I find astounding is that all of the...

What I find astounding is that all of the apparent fans of Colvin's ideas were not bothered by that part.

Perhaps one of them would like to explain what he really meant.
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-21-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 315
Posted By Bob Jewett
I would use a little right to keep the cue ball...

I would use a little right to keep the cue ball from going away from the next ball. Follow, of course, as you want the cue ball rolling smoothly when it hits the object ball.
Forum: Ask The Instructor 09-21-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 315
Posted By Bob Jewett
In general you have to be able to shoot the shot...

In general you have to be able to shoot the shot both ways. Also, you have to know how far the cue ball will come off the cushion if you just get the OB to the pocket. For your diagram, that's a...
Forum: Main Forum 09-21-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
I think the unsportsmanlike aspect is good to...

I think the unsportsmanlike aspect is good to throw into the discussion. Many players don't understand that some "shots" are simply not permitted. Another way to get out of the trap, which has been...
Forum: Main Forum 09-21-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,263
Posted By Bob Jewett
I don't understand yet. You seem to be saying is...

I don't understand yet. You seem to be saying is that a higher table forces you to elevate the cue stick more. I find exactly the opposite for various height tables, but mostly because a higher table...
Forum: Main Forum 09-21-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,147
Posted By Bob Jewett
Well, maybe. I was careful in the description to...

Well, maybe. I was careful in the description to avoid the word "frozen". I'm not sure, but I think the referee did not declare them to be frozen. If they are frozen, it is a permitted shot. (NOTE: I...
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