Gareth Potts doesn't play 9 ball though. He's quite open with his dislike for the game.i believe selby won his 8-ball finals on an 8ft english pool table. the chinese 8-ball players may be a force to reckon with. gareth potts can play 9-ball very well and chu bingjie is one of the best position players in the world. i think those would fare better than snooker players tbh
His skills at snooker would decline. I suspect the reason he showed up at the US Open amid a lot of hype was because Matchroom wanted to sell more PPV in England. I doubt he paid his own way.Maybe the only reason why Judd might devote himself to upgrading his rotation skills is that it would be historic to be the world champion in both snooker and 9-ball (or 8-ball) etc.
I thought he would do better than he did being that I thought snooker players were the best cueists. Maybe I was wrong about that. He had some good moments but a little more bad. He did seem to take it well and show good sportsmanship.
The Chinese 8-ball players are saying the same things about SVB and other top pool and snooker players who played but didn't get very far.Just making balls is not the whole game of pool, which is what all those snooker fans don't fully understand. He had more class in playing and losing than the fans of his LOL He played some great shots to make the ball, and his banking and kicking was also decent, you just can't live on shot making along against the better players.
I would bet that if the snooker guys actually played pool full time for several months with a coach they would do better in tournaments. Right now they are like those bar players that played for a long time, can make balls but never actually studied how to play so are fodder for even a B level player.
Yes he is, which is why he is playing English pool again. He still does have a Joy logo on his shirt so they are still sponsoring him - but I guess the exclusivity in his contract wouldn't have a legal leg to stand on at the moment so they have to allow him to play other variants.let's hope for the best. isn't he stranded in the UK anyway?
Yes he is, which is why he is playing English pool again. He still does have a Joy logo on his shirt so they are still sponsoring him - but I guess the exclusivity in his contract wouldn't have a legal leg to stand on at the moment so they have to allow him to play other variants.
Isn't that like assuming if a player is wearing Predator patch, they can't play in any non-predator events?
Having read so many outstanding comments and observations in this thread, I'd like to chime in with some differences between snooker and pool that are so easily overlooked.
1) you nearly never have to jack up the cue in snooker, because it is only at the end of the rack that you are required to play for a specific ball. In nine ball, you must sometimes jack up the cue and it was apparent that Judd found these shots very challenging.
2) bridging off the rail is far rarer in snooker than in nine ball, and Judd seemed a bit uncomfortable when playing these shots
3) defensive shots in which maximum english is required are fairly rare in snooker but common in nine ball, and Judd didn't have an easy time with such shots
4) defensive theory is quite a bit different in snooker, in which leaving distance often has greater priority than snookering an opponent. In pool, snookering an opponent is more often the priority, and Judd's defensive shot selection reflected his snooker background. His defensive choices reminded me of those we always saw from the legendary Allison Fisher when she first joined the WPBA tour some twenty five years ago.
You can't just pull a switch and convert from one game to the other. The games have many similarities, and a great cueist may be able to make the transition to pool (as Mark Gray, a snooker player who eventually qualified on merit for a spot on Team Europe at the Mosconi. showed us) but there are many differences, too.