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Benefits of playing opponents with less skill - 10-11-2019, 09:49 AM

When selecting opponents of less skill is it worth it to play them?

How can a strong player develop their game while playing against a weaker player?
  
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10-11-2019, 09:56 AM

If you learn how to keep focused and still play your best against weaker players it can help you learn how to do the same against stronger players.


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10-11-2019, 09:57 AM

Being able to play your best game against
them is a difficult challenge.
Staying focused for 2 or 3 hours when
they are missing every third ball or
choking on money balls is not easy.
Also playing safe when your supposed
to instead of shooting the superstar
shot because you know they cant get out.
  
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10-11-2019, 09:59 AM

I think againast6 a weaker player you can develop your game a little more. You have the
opportunity to try some things you typically wouldn't try against a better or equal player.
You might take this opportunity to not be so careful
  
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10-11-2019, 10:01 AM

Always play the table, not your opponent.

Thatís how it should be, but we all think about the playing ability of our opponent and kind of subconsciously let that affect our own playing. You know how you play up or down depending upon your opponentís skill level.

Just try to play as good (and as smart) as you can... always.


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When selecting opponents of less skill is it worth it to play them?

How can a strong player develop their game while playing against a weaker player?
Didn't Efren used to say that he likes watching newbies, bad players play pool. Because he can see what is possible watching all kinds of shots that these players will play
Much like de Bono creativity where you are encouraged to ask dumb questions.
But I am guessing Efren is exception to the rule.
Most strong players will not play weak player unless it is for money
  
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10-11-2019, 10:22 AM

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When selecting opponents of less skill is it worth it to play them?

How can a strong player develop their game while playing against a weaker player?
I find it actually harder to keep focus and play my best against worse players. In my mind I am always thinking about how bad they must feel to see someone beating them easily. That causes me to "miss" some shots where I would otherwise just run out the game against a good player that I know will punish me for missing.

If you give up a good enough spot that will get your focused though. I just played in a doubles tournament where our team had to play another one 7-3. With my partner not being a very good player (he was maybe a C+) and not knowing how to pick good patterns in 8 ball, it took a lot of thinking and good play on my end to overcome that spot and the fact my partner tended to pick the wrong shot to play. I was pretty focused the whole time.


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10-11-2019, 10:30 AM

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10-11-2019, 10:40 AM

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When selecting opponents of less skill is it worth it to play them?

How can a strong player develop their game while playing against a weaker player?
Makes you focus. You need to beat 'em into the dust. No let up. Give them ZERO air.
  
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10-11-2019, 10:43 AM

Some really nice opinions/advice given so far.

My wife is several levels below me and when we play (which is often), she gets a big spot. I have to work my a$$ off to overcome the weight. As competitive as my wife is coupled with the fact that I don't really want her beating me, I have to focus and shoot good pool to beat her.

So I would have to say YES to the OP's question. There can be benefits....but it's got to be done right.

FWIW, my wife beats me about two out of every three matches we play against one another. I think it's about time to change the spot, eh?

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10-11-2019, 10:43 AM

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Makes you focus. You need to beat 'em into the dust. No let up. Give them ZERO air.
Great way to welcome new people to the sport!
No wonder Pool in America is dying.


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10-11-2019, 10:54 AM

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Great way to welcome new people to the sport!
No wonder Pool in America is dying.
What??
As long as the person knows you play good I see
it as disrespectful to that person to let up on them in
any way. Most of the time they want to play with you
because you play good. They want to learn and
are excited to see good pool first hand.
In my experience if you dont play well against them
for whatever reason, they think you are letting up
on them(sometimes we all miss balls or play poorly).
They want you to beat them into dust not the other
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10-11-2019, 10:57 AM

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Great way to welcome new people to the sport!
No wonder Pool in America is dying.
Cool story.


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10-11-2019, 11:13 AM

duh!


common sense, y'all.

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10-11-2019, 11:16 AM

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Great way to welcome new people to the sport!
No wonder Pool in America is dying.
Typical reply.

Would it not also be true that playing poorly against the same prison would be insulting?
  
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