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08-04-2020, 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Cornerman View Post
I like that you are so surprised. You wouldn't be alone. And now that WPA 10-ball rules have been around for 15 years or so, less and less people remember how traditional 10-ball was played. Even some of the early TAR matches, the rules used for the 10-ball challenges were in flux. And of course today's Big Foot Challenge is played old school (no call).

Aside from gamboling and ring games in the 70's, professional 10-ball events were played in the late 1980's and early 1990's, no call shot just like 9-ball. It was clearly a different game than 9-ball due to the break leaving so many balls in the middle of the table. That one extra ball and the pyramid rack made way more than just a 10% difference. Remember that we didn't have template racks and the cloth hadn't transitioned to Simonis 860 yet. Combine that all, and 10-ball was some 25% more difficult than 9-ball. Players like Allen Hopkins perfected the "1-ball in the side pocket" break.

10-ball, because of the layouts leaving balls in the center of the table, was much more difficult to runout. And making nothing on the break was the norm as there wasn't the automatic wing ball on the break.

10-ball was my practice game for over 20 years before the WPA surprised us with changing to calling shots. I totally understand whythe WPA changed the rules so that 10-ball could stand on its own apart from 9-ball as a World Championship discipline, but the rules were changed. Older players who loved 10-ball already are going to hold grudges.


Freddie <~~~ grudges in hands
Thank you for the great explanation. I always thought 10 ball was invented to eliminate the luck part and prevent players from riding the 9 ball all night. Its not something you see pros and high level players do but when you get to the lower end of the skill spectrum I think some guys specialize in riding the 9. You know, those combo, kick, bank, carom shots on the early 9 ball. I have always preferred 10 ball, the only stipulation we play tournaments by that is out of the ordinary is that 10 on the break and early 10 combos count............as long as it is called just to speed things up.
  
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