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Ronnie O'Sullivan learned about this from Ray Reardon.
I used to approach the interplay with a predator mindset. Waiting for a chance to pounce. But then I remember the wounded bird act of a robin. A predators weakness is often he is too hungry and over eager. Then I remember the shepherd. He knows you don’t have to kill the sheep to shear them. Take the path that lets you control the table.
He's talking about when to play safe - not playing to the level of the opponent. It takes skill to be able to change your game to fit the opponent and a lot of knowledge about the opponent.
I have a great accustats video of Efren playing Jason Miller in the finals of the DCC one pocket. At one point Miller sold out on a bank shot and the commentator said "he knows he can't out move Efren so that's not a bad shot". To me that's a losing attitude. You might as well just unscrew and shake hands. I doubt he got to the finals selling out on low percentage shots but the changed his game because the opponent was Efren. He was intimidated.