While I have no doubt that Dr. Dave is an excellent instructor, I think his legacy will be his analytical researches applying the Scientific Method to answer questions about things like the physics of pool, effectiveness of various chalks, mearuring the difficulty of tables and the like. There are and have been a lot of excellent instructors, but no one else, that I am aware of, is doing the kind of work he has.Actually, to use an analogy in an entirely different sports venue, pro golfers rely on using instructors.
And these instructors are seldom former professional golfers that competed and won tournaments.
There are always exceptions but by and large the top name pro golf instructors are very knowledgeable.
Dave Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Peter Kostis never played pro golf. Butch Harmon only won 1 tournament.
To be an instructor requires knowledge & the ability to impart, to effectively communicate it to the student.
This requires conciseness, ability to articulate what occurs and why & talent to visually illustrate by example.
Dr. Dave is obviously a humble person but any of us that have played for awhile recognize a truly great pool stroke.
Like Vinny’s break in The Color of Money, it commands your attention. That’s Dr. Dave’s pool stroke…it’s top shelf.
He might not enter a tournament and win it but he’ll put a lot of players out much earlier than himself. And I betcha
when he is old enough, he could successfully compete and win on a Senior Circuit. He should play 10 ball or 8 ball.
Pro players have too much dominance with the opening break in 9 ball competition. Dave needs a chance to shoot.