We finally have something of a pool hall reopening in the area and I'll be able to get on a 9ft again. This tournament has inspired me to give this game a try. Playing on anything smaller in my mind just doesn't count.
I actually tried it for the first time a couple weeks ago for about an hour. Worn cloth, 4 1/4" pro cut Diamond, I got to 15 and I was like, that's enough of that. (watching the 14.1 championships made me try again, so ill just keep updating).
I used to play a lot of pool and really worked on my game. I have a Brunswick Anniversary with 4.5 inch pockets and Black Diamond rails. 4 summers back I only played straight pool at home. I watched some videos and matches.
I ran 168 and over 100 four other times.
Knowing the table speed well helped.
Playing the racks by the book and the best break shots is the key.
I've ran 12 racks of 8 ball on a barbox and 7 racks of 9 ball on a Gold Crown with about 4.75 inch corners.
I don't play that much so I don't expect I'd break these personal bests. Last week I did run 4 racks of 9 ball on a Diamond Pro Am with. 4.5 inch corners.
Second best was back-to-back 38’s. I’ve had multiple other runs in the 40’s, but I consider the the two 38’s in a row my second best.
I tried really hard to break 50 last year and just couldn’t get there. It was on my home table and I wish I could blame it on the 4 1/4” pockets, but I went as far as to go to random pool rooms with 8ft tables and 5” corners and still just couldn’t get there. I tried for 4 months and failed. Sucks, but it is what it is. Maybe I’ll find lighting in a bottle one of these days and get past 50...not holding my breath though.