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  1. ShortBusRuss

    What the pros do differently ...

    I think it is more accurate to say "Filler stuns the ball more, and his English is more effective as such". A well struck stun shot cutting the ball causes the cue ball to naturally pick up running English due to the cue ball gearing off the object ball. When you get this kind of action off the...
  2. ShortBusRuss

    What the pros do differently ...

    Well stroked stun shots result in a very predictable cue ball path, and hitting the center of the pocket. Spinning the ball results in differing thickness of hit, and therefore, pocketing the ball into one side of the pocket or another. This difference results in multiple feet of difference in...
  3. ShortBusRuss

    What the pros do differently ...

    They "roll" the ball less, and tend to have the ball sliding across the cloth further towards the object ball, and as such, tend to minimize the effect of errant left/right English during the stroke. If you roll the ball and mishit it left or right, the cue ball path bends slightly on the way to...
  4. ShortBusRuss

    Nick Varner is a Fargorate 777

    Don't know about all that... I played Tony in the 9 ball at DCC last year, played REAL good on him, and lost 9-5. I think he missed either 1 or 2 balls, on those 4 1/4" (4 1/8"?) pockets. I don't think I would bet against him versus Josh Roberts at all. Actually, I probably bet on Tony in that game.
  5. ShortBusRuss

    Nick Varner is a Fargorate 777

    Jim Rempe would have absolutely been over 800.
  6. ShortBusRuss

    MOSCONI CUP 2023 AZB Watch Party / Master Thread

    Well, in an effort to put a positive spin on it.. At least Team USA won enough games to make it theoretically possible they could win a match, with 9 games across 4 matches.
  7. ShortBusRuss

    MOSCONI CUP 2023 AZB Watch Party / Master Thread

    With the way this is going, I prolly am not gonna watch past today, and this event is probably not gonna be on my list of events to make time to watch in the future.
  8. ShortBusRuss

    MOSCONI CUP 2023 AZB Watch Party / Master Thread

    Wow. Looks like even Gorst is getting infected by the low standard of play amongst the "American" players. Hooks his teammate on the very first shot. Sigh.
  9. ShortBusRuss

    Men vs Women

    Depends on what you mean by "weakness". From an evolutionary perspective, male humans have been the hunters for the vast majority of our evolutionary period, so it stands to reason that pattern recognition and spatial awareness would be better "in general" in males, as compared to females. As...
  10. ShortBusRuss

    That Club was Trump - Billiards Digest

    I went blind reading this, and I had to get a braille keyboard (I am a quick learner) and using a screen reading tool and keyboard from now on... You do realize that the majority of the forum is getting up there in age these days, yes? *EDIT* NVM... This is a superold post, and I went blind...
  11. ShortBusRuss

    A mental game

    Some people get more of an adrenaline response when under pressure. This can be trained away, by practicing higher pressure shots until they stop becoming "high pressure", but you have to KNOW that is what you have to do to get past it. Adrenaline has a generally negative effect on fine muscle...
  12. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    Well... Not everyone who is a pool player is a moron. Yes, we tend to have more than our fair share of morons, but that is not a "requirement" to play pool, per se.
  13. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    Yes, because America is in end-stage capitalism, where the only thing that matters is squeezing the most amount of money out of everything, no matter the ill effect on the populace, whereas other countries have other priorities. One prime example of this is how the American food chain is...
  14. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    I am not "defending" Germany. I am illustrating that whatever your logic was with the statement "In 2020, the US earned more GOLD medals than Germany earned TOTAL medals" was, it doesn't hold up. It doesn't mean USA is "better" at the Olympics than Germany. It just means that USA has a bigger...
  15. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    For the record... USA versus Germany population is 337 million to 83 million. Approximately 4 to 1 population advantage, which if the medal wins were proportional, means USA should have 120 medals to Germany's 30. America's GDP per capita versus Germany's, is about 25% more, as well. When...
  16. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    Okay. I reviewed the back and forth, and mentioned that it is "sad" that players are so focused on money in America, that they inevitably stall out "because" money is their sole focus, rather than being the very best player they can be, being their focus. If you wanna say that I was "bashing"...
  17. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    Keep it up for a few more years, and yah just might hurt my feelings! Yah know... When I go senile, and forget my own name, lol.
  18. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    And yet, it is true. You are free to debate the veracity of any individual point.
  19. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    I am pretty sure in the other thread I was criticizing that viewpoint from the perspective of there "not being any money in it" for the people who would make pool tables available to the youth, i.e. pool halls. And criticizing the leagues for not doing anything effective to make pool available...
  20. ShortBusRuss

    Mike dechaine 2023

    Me. Despite topping out around around 650 or so Fargo rate level play when I was younger, maybe a touch higher, I always played the game, for the game itself. I did not back down from a bet once offered, but I literally never offered a bet, it was always "offered" by the other player. When I...
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