If you are an avid pool player, you probably already know all about playing the percentages. This refers to playing the shot(s) that you are most likely to make. At the same time, it requires knowing exactly which shot that is, and choosing the shot (and spin) that also sets up your next move so you can (hopefully) run the table.
When you’re playing a game of pool, you have to figure out which of the 10 shots you have the most likelihood of actually making. Because pool is largely a game that involves physics and math, you should carefully study the set-up of balls on the table. Once you find that shot you know you can make, you can take a crack at it. Your confidence is key while you’re playing the percentages, although the latter definitely helps reinforce the former.
On the other hand, there will be times when you lack confidence in playing certain shots. Sometimes you may not feel confident in any possible shot. You can still assess the one that looks the most possible to make, which is the idea behind the whole percentages strategy.
You should always trust yourself when playing pool. If you see a shot that looks extremely difficult versus one that looks to be a possible success, you should always go for the easier one. The general theory in the game of pool is if you are a truly great player, you should never take risks against more dominant players. This doesn’t reduce the level of the game, but is rather meant to give you a better chance of winning. The fewer mistakes you make, the more likely you are to win – it might sound cliché, but it’s easier to forget in the heat of the battle.
About the Author
Akaash Prasad is the Manager of QStix, a leading online pool accessories and billiard supplies retailer. QStix offers a large selection of billiard equipment including pool cues, pool cue cases, custom pool cues and many other supplies. QStix has all the billiards equipment you need in one place to make the buying process as easy as possible.
November 16, 2012 Friday at 6:09 am