This so much. Sometimes you might have to try 2-3 shots just to get the breakout you need. If you shoot off all the easy shots, you no longer have anything to work with for the break out or other strategic options.When I watch mid level amateurs one of the biggest problems I see is that many don't seem to play the layout (8 ball). Instead they often just take the easy balls. Too often you see trouble balls ignored until there is nothing left to shoot. Naturally a miss results and the other player runs out.
10% is pretty good for an "average" player. Anyone who can run out 10% of the time would be crazy not to believe they can run out every time1: Thinking they can run out every rack, despite the fact that their runout percentage might be 10%, which means 90% of the time they are not running out.
2: Establishing an aim line while down on the shot with zero regard for feet placement or body alignment.
Ball in hand and taking the easy ball inthe middle of the table and ignoring problem balls.Watching some of our "weaker'" players the one thing I have noticed beyond fundamental issues, is poor selections when they have ball in hand.
Most unusual was playing a tough combination with a bridge, that was one that I just didn't understand at all.
10% is pretty good for an "average" player. Anyone who can run out 10% of the time would be crazy not to believe they can run out every time
Not sure if it's the same everywhere, but our leagues here allow for coaching, but the player has to ask. I would always tell them it's never a bad idea to ask me your first turn at the table, or when you have ball in hand - not when you're left wired behind a couple of balls with a 0.1% chance Reyes could get a hit on.Ball in hand and taking the easy ball inthe middle of the table and ignoring problem balls.
I would be believing from the first ball that I can runout. If I reached that 90% place where I'me finally out of position on one of the later balls, then I would adjust. It wouldn't stop me believing in the first place.Using this logic, if you know your percentage on a certain bank shot is 10% (meaning that you typically only make it 1 out of 10 tries), would you go for the bank every single time it comes up, believing that somehow your odds of making it will magically be better than 10%?
If going for it and missing will likely lead to losing, then it's smarter to not go for it. The same theory should apply to runouts. If you typically can't run 5 or 6 without missing or getting too far out of line, then trying to run the entire rack every time is setting yourself up to lose quite often.
I would be believing from the first ball that I can runout. If I reached that 90% place where I'me finally out of position on one of the later balls, then I would adjust. It wouldn't stop me believing in the first place.
While this advice was passed on to me by a friend, the source is Danny DiLiberto, and Danny wisely points out:
Don't play a shot that can lose the rack unless that shot can also win you the rack.
In other words, don't take a flier that, even if executed, will play you into a dead end.