Pool is such a fascinating sport because no two racks are ever alike. You must think and plan how you are going to attach each rack. Constant problem solving. There were a couple shots I encountered last weekend during the US Amateur Preliminaries that I wanted to share with you. Why? Because there are many ways to solve the same problem, and different people have different perspectives. I’ve posted shots that I’ve made before, thinking that I made the best decision, only to have another player offer a better solution. Pool is a learning environment, and I’m always looking for input.
Here’s the first shot…we are playing 8-Ball:
I’m solids (yellow) and I’m in a bit of a predicament. I’ve got 5 solids on the table; my opponent only has 3 stripes (blue). I don’t have an easy shot, but I initially figure I have two likely offensive shots as indicated in the diagram below:
I can take shot # 1 and make a very thin cut to the upper left corner, or shot # 2 and try a one-rail bank to the far right corner. Alternatively, maybe I could do something else? Is there a third shot?
WHAT DO YOU THINK? What would you do? When presented with this situation I stood over the cue ball and pondered my options for a minute, then a light went off and I quickly made my decision knowing exactly what I wanted to do. I’ll share my decision in my next post, but first I want to see if anyone has any input.