Exactly! I did the same as you, I set them up and tried with both options and to me the E pattern was by far the better choice. Heck even when I slightly went long on the 6 and got the 7 straight in it was a fairly easy draw to get back to the 8. Tons more room and natural angles to deal with. The other option was just a bear to get on the 7 for the follow up the table to get on the 8. It might seem easy, but the CB control needs to be damn near perfect. It might be easier on a little bar box though. I can see where a good background in 14.1 would make a difference in that option.This is exactly why I opted to go with E...lol. Natural shots, easy angles, tons of room for error, and all the shots lead to a natural angle for the next ball.
I don't mean to bunch myself in with "better players", but I do try to emulate what they do. Efren is an outlier and using his play as a "best approach" might not be the best idea. I also wouldn't model my choices in golf to Tiger, or offensive decisions in basketball after Jordan.
I went home for lunch, and roughly set up this pattern. Played the 6 with rolling english two rails, and actually came up a hair short (was my first shot of the day), but still well on the 7. Ended up playing it fractionally harder and nearly hit a 3rd rail back and forth for the 8, and still had a natural angle to funnel down to the 9.
I can see why some may feel the 'E' pattern was more difficult, or maybe better said as more hazardous. I happen to think that the hazards with playing below the 7 are more so subtle, and easily overlooked. It these types of hazards that lead to sticking your neck out by trying to recover.
They are too flat on the ball and don’t have a clue. E is the end of the world. I see that, I’m asking to bet more $ next set.I have to admit, I’m surprised by all the votes for E.
To me that has absolutely the narrowest window of opportunity to get good on the seven. Short, and the nine blocks the shot, cross the line at all, and the nine interferes with shape on the eight.
Maybe I’m just not as precise as most of y’all.
C would be my first choice, but this come from really loving to shoot holdup shots.Hello guys,
I am doing some research for a possible future video. Could you give me your vote on the pocket of your choice for the seven ball? I allowed to choose multiple pockets, in case you are trying to have multiple options depending on your accuracy in cue ball control.
This is the 9 Ball situation you're facing:
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I'm all for less cue ball movement, the problem is the people I play with usually use at minimum 2 rail position for 90% of their shots and they beat the pants off of me.I'm another one for less cue movement. After stopping the cue shooting the 6, then back to C for the 7, with follow on the cue to leave it on the C-side of the 8.