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07-20-2016, 05:46 AM

My advice is... Don't play on red label Diamonds, if you can help it...

And here's why: (Disclaimer: I don't play as bad as I pretend to on AZ Forum...)

I had a red label Diamond in Florida when I lived there, and took a year off after being in Iraq for two years. I had bought the table while I was in Iraq, and didn't realize how poorly they banked.

I practiced it on that table for a few months before DCC that year.. Here are my results in two big matches:

This was the year John Morra won the Bank division at DCC. I played him in the first round of the One Pocket. I had him down 2-1, with SVB and Brandon Shuff shark-eying the crap outta the match. (They were #2 and #3, respectively, in the points behind John.. I ended up losing the match. Ken Schuman called a close hit foul on me in each of the next two games.

I put a 4-pack on Joey Gray to lead him 5-2 in the 9-ball. He ended up playing perfect from that point on to win.

I am giving these results in order to say this. I fully believe that the reason I did not take a few scalps that year was because of practicing on a red label Diamond, when everyone else was playing on blue labels.

I literally could not make a cross-corner bank against John Morra. He got multiple chances after my missed cross corners to move the ball out of the pocket and stay in the game. This is such a BIG thing in One Pocket, that this cannot be understated...

In the 9 ball, any time I was going to hit the rail with any speed, it caused a big "jump" in my stance, because the red label rails literally pick up speed when hit directly. I had a chance to go up 6-2 on Joey Gray, and I jumped on this sort of stroke and ended up jawing a ball.

I have since played on blue label, VERY TIGHT Diamonds in Colorado, and found I was able to play extremely well, with almost no practice.

Stay away from red labels, at all costs. They can have an extremely negative impact on your game.

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