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10-11-2019, 11:18 AM

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[(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.
To me, pool is a war game...ignore your opponentís strengths and weaknesses at your own peril.
Can you imagine a boxer or a chess player not wanting to know anything about his opponent?


But I agree with playing your best, regardless of your opponent...
...heís probably playing you to learn...showing him whatís possible is good for his game.


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10-11-2019, 11:54 AM

Am I the only one who feels bad about beating lower level players? I'm talking about people who are really terrible.

My wife for example is a terrible player. I never play full speed when I play her. The only upside is when she does run a couple ball she is joyous and I tend to sometimes lose the joy in playing.
  
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10-11-2019, 12:07 PM

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Am I the only one who feels bad about beating lower level players? I'm talking about people who are really terrible.

My wife for example is a terrible player. I never play full speed when I play her. The only upside is when she does run a couple ball she is joyous and I tend to sometimes lose the joy in playing.
Definitely not, I have for sure felt that way.

I try to change the way I think about playing with them.
I'm not really playing them I'm playing myself.
I may go into the session wanting to be better
at something specific; psr, stroke, safety and smart play,
X amount of b&r in a row, etc.
I also limit the amount of time I spend playing with
that speed of player. Only 15% of time sparring
a month with them.
They all celebrate stupid shots, lucky shots, you fking up
and get out once in a while. I have learned to do
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10-11-2019, 12:10 PM

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Great way to welcome new people to the sport!
No wonder Pool in America is dying.
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10-11-2019, 12:17 PM

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Am I the only one who feels bad about beating lower level players? I'm talking about people who are really terrible.

My wife for example is a terrible player. I never play full speed when I play her. The only upside is when she does run a couple ball she is joyous and I tend to sometimes lose the joy in playing.


No it usually makes me feel good and gives a confidence boost when i do because they're all like wow
Woa man

which is good for competition


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10-11-2019, 12:21 PM

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I just like to play. I'd have to travel to play someone better than me.

Playing a lesser playing can give you confidence.

If you are playing eight ball you can start banking the eight every time.

I used to play straight pool and used to give one guy 75 balls to a race to 100.

Gives you good practice with your break shot with someone racking for you.

A lot of people just want to rack 'em just to watch me play.

Playing a lesser player gives you a fun time to hot dog it and just have fun.

Hit 'em hard and hope.






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10-11-2019, 01:17 PM

gives you a chance to win
its hard to win when the other guy plays better
  
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10-11-2019, 01:31 PM

Rather play a stronger player. I learn more. Iím not suppose to win against a stronger so winning is a big plus when I do. Also realize my faults / weaknesses and see what has to be worked on. I see no benefit playing a weaker unless they are learning also and appreciate the game.





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10-11-2019, 01:54 PM

I hope you guys never get to play Pro-Am with Tiger Woods or hit a few with Venus Williams or hit the hoops with any NBA players!

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Typical reply.

Would it not also be true that playing poorly against the same prison would be insulting?
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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
way around.
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To me, pool is a war game...ignore your opponentís strengths and weaknesses at your own peril.
Can you imagine a boxer or a chess player not wanting to know anything about his opponent?


But I agree with playing your best, regardless of your opponent...
...heís probably playing you to learn...showing him whatís possible is good for his game.


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10-11-2019, 01:56 PM

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Whatever it takes to impress the ladies. Pool is thriving in the United States, however, So. Cal. pool hall culture is dead.
Everything in SoCal is dead.
And I am a Native!


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I just like to play. I'd have to travel to play someone better than me.

Playing a lesser playing can give you confidence.

If you are playing eight ball you can start banking the eight every time.

I used to play straight pool and used to give one guy 75 balls to a race to 100.

Gives you good practice with your break shot with someone racking for you.

A lot of people just want to rack 'em just to watch me play.

Playing a lesser player gives you a fun time to hot dog it and just have fun.

Hit 'em hard and hope.






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10-11-2019, 01:59 PM

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Born and raised! The billiard scene is just scattered making it harder to see, but its there.
  
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10-11-2019, 02:03 PM

What million dollar billiards isnt a hot spot?


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10-11-2019, 02:04 PM

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Typical reply.

Would it not also be true that playing poorly against the same prison would be insulting?
Play your best, but...
Why not tell him what you are shooting at and why?
Help him with their shots and strategy.
Help him with the etiquette and rules.
Welcome him/her instead of grinding them into the dust and humiliating them.


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All depends on what you are playing for! - 10-11-2019, 02:08 PM

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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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It all depends on what you are playing for! I consider it very bad juju to embarrass or humiliate the one that is doing the cooking or that I am sharing my bed with!


I always had at least three gears after I got to playing reasonably well. Friends and dates, low-level hustlers, road players. Once a friend got a little carried away with himself, I gave him a very huge spot, and crushed him. He grumbled about that for months!

There wasn't a spot in the world I could give my wife and her win. Once there is too much gap between people it gets that way. She was pleased to watch me win against tough competition, would not have been nearly as pleased for me to break out the same game against her!

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