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11-24-2019, 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Patrick Johnson View Post
It isn't an either/or question - you can (and should) do both at the same time. Choose the perfect position within a "zone with options" and try to hit it perfectly - if you're off a little that's why you chose the zone.

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That is the option strategy and the one I favor. Here is why it is different. Let's say the easiest run out is to shoot the 1 ball into the side pocket. But if you play for position for it in the corner you have 3 other shots to pick from. Precision says you play for the side, get in an acceptable window and take the easiest pattern run out. Options say it is impossible to not have a shot if you go for the corner because there are 3 other shots which aren't there if you go for the side. BUT the run out pattern is more difficult if you choose any shot other than the 1 ball in the side.

Precision says the 1 in the side is a reasonable window and since it leads to the perfect pattern you should always take it. You just need to be able to make your shot and get there. If you can't you need more practice.

The options idea is the 1 in the corner accepts that you might not get good on the side and would then be forced to shoot a safety or might totally mess up the layout, etc. Going for the option position is so large and varied you know you will not mess that up and you should learn to see those opportunities This accepts the level of skill you are able to CONSISTENTLY achieve.

There are many times when you have to choose. Perfect is one zone and options is a much larger zone. Both have a window or zone but one has more options and a larger zone. It also allows for getting "lucky" and rolling perfect on a different ball within the zone you would not normally even try for on the precision plan.
  
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