Driving me nuts...

Driving me nuts...

Post by John Kirche » Sat, 21 Jun 2003 23:18:52


How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on every
shot???

Example... Playing in the tourney last night I won my first match 3-0
against a finesse player (plays position, safes, etc). I then lost my second
match to a pretty good player. Then in my third match I play Joe kill the
balls. He slams everything and for some off the wall reason the cueball
travels 4-5 rails and rolls right up behind the 9. Or he jacks up, the
cueball flies off the table bounces down the rail back onto the table again
hits the object ball that rolls to one end of the table and the cueball
rolls to the other end of the table hitting the 9 and it falls in. At every
chance at the table I would say I only had a shot 10% of the time.

The frustration level was immense. The guy sharks me with luck and I loose
0-3. This is not the first time this has happened either, there is a guy at
another tourney I play in that does the same and I lost 0-5. How the hell do
I practice for this???

John

 
 
 

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Post by David Hakal » Sat, 21 Jun 2003 23:45:57


Quote:
> How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
> shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on

every shot???

Sell your cue and compete in knitting bees.

Quote:
> How the hell do I practice for this???

Wash the feet of lepers or perform other acts of humility and acceptance.

Nowhere does it say that you deserve to win just because the other guy
doesn't know how to shoot well.

Quote:
> At every chance at the table I would say I only had a shot 10% of the

time.

Practice making them and ignore your opponent's "luck."

You are impeding your own success by generating distracting emotions that
have nothing to do with the tasks before you. It makes no difference how
lucky your opponent got on his last shot. You just have to make the one
you've got or arrange the balls so that his next shot is difficult.

David Hakala
Denver CO

 
 
 

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Post by Pat Hal » Sun, 22 Jun 2003 00:45:31

I tend to play more safes against players like this.  Seems to get me ball in
hand more often and then I play safe off ball in hand.  Some times the way to
beat "out of control" is more control in your own game.  Besides this is the
best time to practice safety play since these people generally can't  run out
against you.

PatH

Quote:

> How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
> shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on every
> shot???

> Example... Playing in the tourney last night I won my first match 3-0
> against a finesse player (plays position, safes, etc). I then lost my second
> match to a pretty good player. Then in my third match I play Joe kill the
> balls. He slams everything and for some off the wall reason the cueball
> travels 4-5 rails and rolls right up behind the 9. Or he jacks up, the
> cueball flies off the table bounces down the rail back onto the table again
> hits the object ball that rolls to one end of the table and the cueball
> rolls to the other end of the table hitting the 9 and it falls in. At every
> chance at the table I would say I only had a shot 10% of the time.

> The frustration level was immense. The guy sharks me with luck and I loose
> 0-3. This is not the first time this has happened either, there is a guy at
> another tourney I play in that does the same and I lost 0-5. How the hell do
> I practice for this???

> John


 
 
 

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Post by Stephe » Sun, 22 Jun 2003 01:28:48

Quote:

> How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
> shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on every
> shot???  How the hell do I practice for this???

LOL!  I play a guy just like this.  He is actually a pretty good natured
guy and I like him but he loves to smash them up on almost every shot.
His theory is that if he gets the nine moving it might fall down and
since 9-ball is not call, he flukes a large percentage of shots.  In the
long run I can beat him but in a race to 3 he might just win one and
fluke two more.

Just don't lose your cool.  If your guy really is just a ball banger his
luck is likely about the same for him as it is for you over the long
hall.  This is the guy we all know that wins one day and gets
annihilated the next.  You just got him on a lucky (for him) day.

If you played him 20 games in a row you would likely find it would be
like taking candy from a baby.  In fact, if you have the chance, play
him a few friendly games.  It will likely break the spell he seems to
have on you.

Stephen  ---> then you'd have HIS number...

 
 
 

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Post by Sid » Sun, 22 Jun 2003 03:57:40

Quote:

> How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
> shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on every
> shot???

I often feel sorry for people who play me for this very reason.  I
don't bang the balls because I lose all my accuracy with much power
(something I've been trying to fix) but a lot of the time I'll give my
opponant nothing but impossible shots through sheer luck if I'm not
playing well.  I know I've frustrated the hell out of people before
when I wasn't hitting anything but, through dumb luck, I wasn't giving
them a chance to hit anything either.

Just be happy that luck always runs out, but skill is something you
get to keep.

Sidi

 
 
 

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Post by nathyours.. » Sun, 22 Jun 2003 06:28:41

Quote:

>How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
>shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on every
>shot???  How the hell do I practice for this???

Around here, the 9-ball IS a call shot...no lucking it in. That's why the best
players are from Northern Arkansas.

Nat

 
 
 

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Post by Mark » Sun, 22 Jun 2003 22:19:29

John,

I understand your frustration.  But.

You lost to him as surely as if he'd been an A player.  How did he get to
the table?  Did you miss and sell out?  Did you play bad safes?  I guarantee
he did not break and "run" all those games.

Playing high level pool is all about controlling the game.  Treat all your
opponents as if they were pros.  Expect that if you miss (or play a weak
safe) you're going to lose.  And play accordingly.

HTH

Mark0  <--talks a great game of pool


Quote:
> How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
> shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on
every
> shot???

> Example... Playing in the tourney last night I won my first match 3-0
> against a finesse player (plays position, safes, etc). I then lost my
second
> match to a pretty good player. Then in my third match I play Joe kill the
> balls. He slams everything and for some off the wall reason the cueball
> travels 4-5 rails and rolls right up behind the 9. Or he jacks up, the
> cueball flies off the table bounces down the rail back onto the table
again
> hits the object ball that rolls to one end of the table and the cueball
> rolls to the other end of the table hitting the 9 and it falls in. At
every
> chance at the table I would say I only had a shot 10% of the time.

> The frustration level was immense. The guy sharks me with luck and I loose
> 0-3. This is not the first time this has happened either, there is a guy
at
> another tourney I play in that does the same and I lost 0-5. How the hell
do
> I practice for this???

> John

 
 
 

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Post by jimpgh200 » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 08:51:18

Quote:


>>How do you get over the frustration of playing someone that just bangs the
>>shit out of the balls and either lucks in the 9 or locks up a safe on every
>>shot???  How the hell do I practice for this???

>Around here, the 9-ball IS a call shot...no lucking it in. That's why the best
>players are from Northern Arkansas.

>Nat

They are?  E. Reyes is from N. Ark.?  C. Duell?  Or perhaps you meant
the women...like A. Fisher.
 
 
 

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Post by td87 » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 13:04:27

Sometimes you just can't beat the rolls...
In the long run it'll even out for you. If you are really worried
about bangers, play in tourneys with higher entry fees - this tends to
keep almost all the bangers out (except for those with more money than
brains) and even a bad few rolls tend to have less of an effect when
you race to 7, 9 or 11.

-td