Thank you for this... tight pockets cripple 14.1 play.Straight pool is not a tight pocket game. It's a game of creativity and using every part of the pool players arsenal. So, for instance, you should be able to shoot a break shot down the rail, without having the ball hang up. It should be viable to shoot a billiard, a combination or maybe even a bank at some point. If you make the pockets too tight, you will never break Mosconis run. NEVER. Both Mosconis and JS' run were made on tables with generous pockets, and now some of you want the new record holder to not only break a record that stood for half a century, but go beyond to the new number, on much more difficult pockets and tables that are not playing correctly? It's like they suddenly decided that the mens 100 meter sprint in the olympics from now on should be uphill at a 10% incline, knee deep in mud, and still expect the record to be broken. Not only that, but some people with pool players mindsets would then talk about how much better previous generations of sprinters were..If they were proper into the pool player culture, they'd probably suggest breaking the runners legs just to increase the challenge.This game and the people in it, man....You just can't win.
It's not about providing potting forgiveness to the shooter. It's about allowing the shooter to work the CB through the pattern with a wider range of carom angles.