AzB Silver Member
Ok... maybe I should have worded like "If I lose, I want you to beat me/OUT MOVE ME, not out fluke/combo me."And I like to keep people guessing if it was a fluke. This helps keep the fish on the hook for longer.
9 Ball is a shot maker's game but not everyone can see different types of shots. Straight in shots and cut shots are only a portion of what's available. I'm guessing 90% of people think a carom into a bank or kick is slop. It's just a lower percentage shot. If I can hide the CB/control my opponents next opportunity, why wouldn't I go for such a fun shot? No risk, all reward, and it's fun!
You don't have to make every shot, just make sure you leave them a low probability of getting out. Leave them snookered, leave them a hard shot, a 2 rail kick, leave them a shot with no hope for position on the next shot or a few shots down the line. Leave them a shot that will force them to play a safe or break out a problem area. 9B is as much controlling the opponent's options as it is making balls. The more haphazard it looks the better. Pool is also about people watching.
This is also the reason that we struggle against better players. They aren't leaving you any gravy shots. You'll think you're having a bad day at pool but it's just you've only shot at 20 percent shots and lower for the set. Pool is about table control, 9 ball lets control look like luck if you're careful about it.
I know how to play 9 ball, I know all the moves, have the stroke ,etc. Still sucks when things don't roll your way.... which happens a little too often in 9ball relative to the skill of your opponent. Lots of mid/lower level 9 ball player rely on luck as part of their strategy.
Reminds me of playing sets for $100 with a local. First one, I won 9-8. 9 ball, standard rules. Never should have been that close, but they were getting all the rolls. I was going to quit, but that isn't really fair when you're up. So I said, I'll play again, but it is 10 ball call shot/call safe. Long story short, I beat them 9-1. No free games and they screwed themselves a number of times on misses where I put them back in.