Please take your best shots at these & tell me where I went wrong?
My general approach to evaluating a 8 ball table for a run out is:
1. note all problem clusters & ball positions requiring difficult
shots immediately & roughly plan how you will run the table. Don't
forget about the 8 ball. It may be that the only opportunity to break
it out of a problem situation or roll it to an optimal open position
on the table occurs early in a run.
2. save easy shots that can be used later to get back into control
when you didn't get desired position on a particular shot
3. attempt to establish a pattern of shooting to break out clusters
early (softly, so they don't recluster elsewhere) in the run so that
more escape balls are available to use in continuing the run
4. shoot a critical shot as soon as posible in a run. If you miss more
of your balls will be on the table to impede or block opponent's run
5. Always make the ball first & play optimal shape second..You don't
get to continue if you miss the shot.
6. Never bank a shot if you can possibly avoid it ( This may be a
personal problem, but I feel more confident in making hard cut shots
than easy bank shots). I must admit that occasional bank shots can be
very useful in optimizing position for subsequent shots. If I must
bank a given ball because its blocked , I try particularly hard to get
optimal shape for the bank shot..low % bank shots are great when they
work out..may be that's because I miss so many of them
7. Minimize cue ball roll, ie shoot stop shots and try to keep the cue
ball in the middle of the table...may not be possible & depends on
ball positions. Work the cue ball gradually up & down the table, as
opposed to going from end to end where hitting intervening balls may
destroy your run. Don't hit opponent's balls if it can be avoided
since they may block shots that previously were open.
8. If it becomes obvious that you can't run out..don't make any more
of your balls (especially easy ones)..& try to break out your problem
balls, while leaving your opponent no shot. My feeling is that playing
safe, but not establishing a situation where you are threatening to
run out, tends to get you beat against a good opponent. He will break
out his problem balls and you still have your problem cluster. At
least try to position one of your remaining balls in the open near the
problem cluster so that you have the potential to break out the
cluster while making the open ball. (wishful thinking)
9. Why is it that after making a really hard shot, I miss an easy one?
or even more frustrating is the miss of a relatively easy shot when it
is obvious that all the remaining balls can easily be made for a run