8-ball layouts can be so messy I sometimes find it very frustrating and unfair, particularly if you are the better player but the layout and/or haphazard / unintentional rearrangement of the balls during the game frequently allow the weaker player an opportunity to catch up and win games they otherwise wouldn’t have.Which game do you like better to compete at? I have played in an 8 ball league and now I am also going to compete in a 9-ball league. I find them strategically a bit different, one from the other. What game is your favorite of these two, and why?
8-ball layouts can be so messy I sometimes find it very frustrating and unfair, particularly if you are the better player but the layout and/or haphazard / unintentional rearrangement of the balls during the game frequently allow the weaker player an opportunity to catch up and win games they otherwise wouldn’t have.
Yes, your opponent can certainly get lucky rolls in 9-ball as well, but the superior player can generally better maintain control of the game through offensive and defensive strategies, since both players always have to play at the same ball.
I agree. Weak players can still make a good game out of 8 ball, as each one gets closer to the 8 there is a back and forth that doesn't happen with nine ball. And when weak players play rotation, nothing matters until the last 4 balls because they can't control the table, or even when they can put together a few good shots, they may wind up doing the work and leaving the money ball for the other guy. The problem with 8 ball is that highly skilled players can often run out too easily.Above APA SL 6.5; 9-ball is the better game
Below 8-ball is the better game.
I feel the same and decided to think of ways to innovate pool, using the regular set of balls. 8 and 9ball will forever be classics, but there have to be other games that are fun to play and watch.I was thinking about this recently. I've played a whole lot more 9 ball than any other game, but that's only because it's what most people want to play and I've had a bellyful, to be honest. I think 8 ball can be a little bit more of a thinking man's game since you are free to plan your game however you see fit, whereas 9 ball is more of a shot-maker's game.
I hear you. I break and run much more often playing 8 ball and the reason is I get a shot after the break. I just can`t get a shot after the break in 9 ball, tried everything. When I was younger it was not like that.I have always used a simplistic comparison. 9 ball is the young man's game and 8 ball the old man's game.
When I learned (early 60's), it was Straight pool (14.1 for you younger pups), then it went to 8-ball.
Then tv needed something that would fit into 1/2 hour, There's yer 9-ball.
The games that require using yer brain are going away. It all has to happen quicker now.
What a shame. The ability to figure out a full rack of 15 balls is to difficult for the younger generations
to deal with. Shame on them! Take the time to learn how to pick apart a rack instead of busting it open
to make it easy. Lean how to think!
Sorry, it's the Memorial Day thing. I have a few to many shots of good whisky and blabber on. comes
from losing to many friends over the years and hearing how difficult games like Straight, 1-Pocket and
full rack Banks are piss me off. Suck'em up buttercup, learn and beome a Monster in yer local area.
I'm goin' ta bed now.