Well, I joined a local APA 9 ball league. My first league experience
since playing in several BCA leagues about eight years ago. Last night
was the first week of competition, and it was interesting, to say the
Starting off as an APA 4, I drew a fellow who's a better player than I
am. My team captain tells me I just have to score thirty-some balls. I
say, "Huh?" I had read the APA Web site information, including their
handicapping table of how many games each player has to win to win the
match, and was all set to hear some game differential mentioned
...nope. Balls. Each balls counts one point except the 9 ball, which
counts two points.
Of course, this also means that shooting 9 ball combinations is
generally a bad idea -- and I love to combo the 9 ball.
So the upshot was that I was ahead in games won, against a better
player, when the match ended without even finishing the last game, on
the count of balls made, in his favor.
It also seemed strange to me that this very good, smooth player, when
faced with a short, sharp cross table 9 ball cut with a good chance of
scratching, had to resort to his "coach" to not only analyze the shot,
but address the ball with his own cue, and then hold his finger on the
end rail as an aiming point while the player shot.
This is the APA competition that some of you folks enjoy? I suspect it
was my first and last week of play. If I'm gonna count balls, it's
going to be straight or one-pocket. not some pseudo 9 ball ***like
this. I can only imagine what APA does to 8 ball; don't think I want
to find out.