Mark Twain had a quote saying having a good billiards game was a mark of a well rounded person/ well rounded intellect. Something to that effect.
This is a strange world, I have seen guys who quit school in 7th grade that were so smart, it was goofy. I have also seen college graduates who could not carry on an intelligent conversation in any subject except the one they were working in, and a few, that I consider to be , some of the most helpless people, I ever met .Maybe I'm flattering myself, or maybe not. But it seems to me that the best pool players I've known have shown more intellect than natural athletic ability. Those two combined, of course, make for a champion (along with discipline).
But getting back to my point, seems to me that the best players I've known were also shrewd debaters of any subject that involved odds or math problems. Or how to separate some tuna from his bankroll.
Even here at AZB, the members I'd guess are the best players also impress me as the most knowledgeable in their posts -- articulate in grammar and punctuation, history and tradition.
But like I said, maybe I'm flattering myself. Your thoughts?
Never picked up a golf club until I was 36 years old. Had been on the road playing pool for about 6 years and decided that no matter how good I played at that time, that I wanted any more of it. My new wife bought me clubs and after the first week or so she asked me what I thought about golf. I told her , it was like giving a recovered junky a new set of works for a Christmas present. In just a few years I was breaking par on the 2 clubs near by. Then went to Scotland and played all the British open spots there 76 at St Andrews, 73 at Royal Troon, and I want to forget the 84 I shot at Muirfield. The thing about golf and pool, if your opponent in golf is beating you, you and only you have the chance to come back with winning shots. In pool, if your opponent is running out, you might not ever get the chance to come back with the winning shotsGolf requires greater intelligence than pool ever will. Golf is played in three dimensions on every shot. Shots can be shaped. There are uneven surfaces to land the ball. Trajectory has to be accounted for. There are also outside interferences, such as wind, rain, etc..
Not to take away from pool, but to be played at a very high level, there is much more to the game of golf than pool. There are a few players that have become great at pool in a few years time. This cannot be done at golf.
I was wondering why this 11 yr old thread was resurrected, it's always a new member to the forum for some reason LOLNo intelligence doesn’t usually matter. You can train anyone to do anything. Some just do better than others. IQ on the other hand might help you process info but All you need is hand eye coordination and be smart enough. Having a higher iq should/could make games go faster. High iq levels are more likely to get bored and be underachievers. You can have a genius level iq and still be dumb as a bag of rocks to some. Cause they don’t know what your brain is doing. This is what I tell the slower guys when I play them. “You know what I heard? I heard there was a study which said the faster someone processes a table the higher their IQ”. When it takes them a few to get it, it all makes sense……(my little stab. I know some of you aren’t idiots and actually enjoy the pauses)
Making balls and playing safeties are more hand eye coordination and sometimes memory than anything else. Anyone with a ok functioning brain can figure out strategy if you give them enough time to.
Good take.I was wondering why this 11 yr old thread was resurrected, it's always a new member to the forum for some reason LOL
I run into many B level players are more educated and have a higher intelligence than C or A level players.