I still find it interesting that a high level player would want to discourage lower level players who want to match up even, and forego the handicap. I always thought the higher level players wanted that kind of player...ones that aren't afraid to take their lumps in order to learn from the better players.
Dont take what i am about to say as a recomendation of what to do in those situations.Such a frustrating night
I get down 4-2 to a good shooting 6
Come back to the hill, my ball open table he's just got one out of my way, I make a finesse short follow shot close to the rail and boom, ball goes 90 degrees as if there's a magnet in the rail, totally screwing my position and I lose
My ego / competitive side cannot let this stand and I can't go out with a losing record
BUT, i simply refuse to play any competition on another shit bar table. Will never do it again.
Dont take what i am about to say as a recomendation of what to do in those situations.
But first let me say i practically spent every weekend in bars in my younger days. Table conditions or warped house cues didnt faze me one bit. Just happy to be playing pool.
When i got into leagues and playing mostly at pool halls i got used to well maintained tables and used my own cues. In effect i became a pool snob when it came to equipmemt.
Then i joined a travel league where we played in some of the most hole in the wall bars you have ever seen.
One night we played in this bar that had the jukebox playing wide open. The table had rips and tears and dents in the slate. I was playing like crap..missing shots and miscueing like crazy.
Resulting in being down 3-0 in a 5-3 race with me going to 3. I was playing a 7. So what do i do ? Grabbed my breaker and started shooting with it. Now this breaker was something i picked up in a pawn shop for 30.00. It had to have weighed no more than 16 oz. The lightest cue i have ever held. The butt was hollow all the way through and no butt cap. The tip a d ferrule was hard plastic...not phenolic. I mean clear hard plastic with the end shaped like a tip. You could see the tenon inside of the ferrule..
Every time i struck the cue ball...tink. I had no choice but to focus on each and every shot . o mean extreme focus where i ignored the loud music...the trars in the table. I focused solely on where i was striling the cue ball..i wound up winning 4-4.
My opponent was amazed that i turned my game around and shot so much better with that breaker than my regular cue.
So sunday night. Played the same 4 in both 8 and 9 ball. I won 8 ball 4-2 and 9 ball 46-26. 8 ball was not as great as last friday and 9 ball was a heck of a lot better.
Haha. Thats happening in our bca league. We have new player that is serious about playing and learning but plays slow. She is making more balls, but a five game set is taking 1.5-2h. no one complains because she is cute and fun so it is an enjoyable 2h, but she gets lots of points at low handicap because no one can get serious enough after the long wait. And she will do 3-5 ball runs if the table is clear. Her handicap is pushing her in the top 7 i think of a 34 player field.Friggin 320s running 5 ball outs
So my APA league night was tonight. Tonights also my birthday. Ah screw it I'll go play. Lost the lag, dude breaks and runs the freaking table on me..........LOL.............
Honest to God truth, I told the guy to take it easy on me because it was my birthday. He says " No kiddin? tomorrows my birthday........." runs the table.......... It was a fun match though.You forgot to lay the "you're guilty if you beat a guy on his birthday" gambit before you started.
Happy birthday, loser.
Honest to God truth, I told the guy to take it easy on me because it was my birthday. He says " No kiddin? tomorrows my birthday........." runs the table.......... It was a fun match though.