Games to rate your pool playing skills

The holidays are a time for fun and frivolity.  With that in mind, I decided to put together a collection of games or assessment tools that allow you to rate your performance at the pool table.  Oh, yay!  A test!  This is one of the first assessment games that I learned…Equal Offense.  Here’s why it is unique…it allows you to compare your performance with the rest of the pool playing world.  Oh, goodie!  Hope you enjoy!

Equal Offense

Rack all 15 balls and break from anywhere in the kitchen.  After the break, spot any balls that are pocketed.  Take ball in hand in the kitchen and pocket balls in any order you choose.  This is a call shot game, slop doesn’t count, and each ball pocketed earns you 1 point.  Assuming you don’t scratch or miss a shot, keep shooting until you get to the last ball, then stop and rack the 14 balls already pocketed.  Now try to continue your run by pocketing the 15th ball and simultaneously using the cue ball to break open the rack, just like in 14.1 straight pool.  If you manage to pocket the 20th ball, the inning is over.  If you miss a shot or scratch at any time, the inning is over. 

After 10 innings, add up your scores and compare your performance with the following chart provided by Tarl Roger Kudrick at the Internet Equal Offense site.  You can use this chart to get a general idea of how you stack up against the rest of the pool world.  Good luck, and have fun!

Equal Offense Pool Rating Chart

If your typical score is You’re probably better than THIS percentage of pool players      If your typical score is You’re probably better than THIS percentage of pool players   
25 5%   76 55%
35 10%   80 60%
41 15%   85 65%
47 20%   91 70%
51 25%   98 75%
55 30%   106 80%
59 35%   114 85%
64 40%   125 90%
68 45%   136 95%
71 50%   160 99%
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2 responses to “Games to rate your pool playing skills

  1. i played 10 innings and my average was 5. what does that mean? 😕

    and happy thanksgiving michael!

    • Sorry for the late response, I’ve been offline for a couple days. Hope you had a great thanksgiving! If you are averaging 5, that means you should eat more turkey and stuffing. Personally, I’m on the George Foreman training plan…a couple cheeseburgers and my game improves.

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