Equal Offense II

cjr3559

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Been a few months since my first blog post about my Equal Offense practice routine, so it’s time for an update.

I’ve been working on mechanics, and along with some decent table time I’ve seen improvement, that is until my overall score is evaluated.

The goal to move up a level requires an average of 120 pocketed balls over 10 innings. I’m somewhere in the 111-112 range.

Interestingly while my average hasn’t increased much since May, I’ve had some good scores in the 120’s and even an all time high of 130. Only concern is some abnormally low scores under 100.

This inconsistency could be a result of taking more chances to break up clusters and/or taking more challenging runout paths of more than 5 balls and not succeeding.

Attached are my scores at the three miss/three ball in hand level since May.
 

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cjr3559

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Today I made my goal of hitting a 120 ball average in my last 10 sessions at the 3 miss level.

Starting next session I will begin to keep track of both my progress at the 2 and 3 miss level until my overall average at the 3 miss level hits 120 (currently 114.3)

Making progress and improving!
 

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boogieman

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that ping.
If I ever get brave enough, I'll post mine. It's a lot of fun to keep track and see improvements. I was hoping you would keep updating the thread, you're definitely improving!

Have you noticed this makes it much easier to break out balls that need breaking out in other games? Do you analyze the A, B, C, D balls? George Fels Mastering Pool has some good info on this in the straight pool section. It seems to carry over to other games once you start looking at racks this way.

I'm also curious if you've found any strategies for equal offense while playing.
 

cjr3559

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If I ever get brave enough, I'll post mine. It's a lot of fun to keep track and see improvements. I was hoping you would keep updating the thread, you're definitely improving!

Have you noticed this makes it much easier to break out balls that need breaking out in other games? Do you analyze the A, B, C, D balls? George Fels Mastering Pool has some good info on this in the straight pool section. It seems to carry over to other games once you start looking at racks this way.

I'm also curious if you've found any strategies for equal offense while playing.
My strategy right now is finding and executing patterns 5+ balls long. Most of time I'm not consistent. I can run 12 balls sometimes but other times I only get two, usually because of a poor shot or mostly because of being out of position. My runs are usually around 4 balls.

I haven't really played much else recently except 8-Ball and 7-Ball. 8-Ball has become easier to find and execute patterns, but the rotation games are still frustrating.

Equal Offense has been my go-to practice game because I'm not good enough at 14.1 to make it worth keeping any stats. My eventual goal is to become proficient at 14.1, but I've got a long way to go.

Thanks for the reply!
 

cjr3559

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Time for an update. I’d like to keep going with monthly updates, or when I have enough sessions worth of practice.

Since November 12th I’ve had seven sessions. Had to miss a week for Thanksgiving.

I’m teetering between the 3-miss level and 2-miss level. I’ve kept my average at the 3-miss level over 120 since I first hit the 120 average a month ago. For every session where I keep my 3-miss average above 120, I wil do a session at 2-miss level. Until I can average 100 at the 2-miss level I will demote back to the 3-miss on the next session. That’s why the two different spreadsheets.

I can still see improvement in my game. Mostly in consistent pocketing, but my pattern recognitionseems to be developing. I’m still using mostly center ball shots with stun, follow, and draw to maintain position. Haven’t quite made the dive into using sidespin much yet.
 

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cjr3559

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Update

I’ve had about a dozen + sessions since last posting. Managed a pretty good improvement streak at the 3-miss level, with a peak of 124.7 on 12/18 in my last 10 sessions. Then a slump ensued in mid January, now I’m barely hanging on keeping my average at 120 at 3-miss level. Still, last week was pretty good, I think my slump was a result of rushing and not taking time to plan and keep up with a pre shot routine.

Meanwhile at the 2 miss level, can’t get my average over 100. Had a terrible session on 1/14 with an 80 which killed my average. Now I have to really bear down and keep the scores in the 100-110 range and wait for the 80 to fall off my last 10 scores. Ultimately my goal is to hit and maintain a 100 average at the 2-miss level, that way I can say goodbye to the 3-miss level for good.
 

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JC

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I played two sets pro level and scored 122 and 119. What is the fargo equivalent of this?
 

cjr3559

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Been a few months and 16 sessions since the last update. After nearly dropping below a 120 average on the three miss level in February, I’ve rebounded nicely since then. Still have to break my 100 average goal at the two miss level, but things are trending back upward.

While I can’t blame the slump to the cold weather and lack of adequate heating in my room, I seem to play better when it’s warmer and dryer.
 

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