Rack ’em up!
Did you know that 8-Ball is also known as Bigs and Littles or Stripes and Solids? Well, it’s new to me, although I can understand the rationale. When watching an 8-ball game, it’s common to hear someone say, “I’ve got the big ones, or I’ve got the little ones.” I call the high-numbered striped balls the “old” and the single-colored balls as well lower number the “young”. I have never been misunderstood as it seems obvious to anyone playing 8 ball pool games where balls are mentioned.
Ever been held? It’s easy to bait your opponent in 8-ball or other pool games. Just as the opponent is getting ready to shoot, ask a question or drop your cue with a bang. You might get in their line of sight and need to bang your handkerchief around or vigorously clean your cue. At the right moment, shake an ice glass loudly or stretch loudly and loosen up by swinging your arms. Least subtle is going to the pocket your opponent is playing into and picking up the chalk for cues and/or placing it on the table near the pocket being played on or just chalking your cue towards Fumbling while standing near his bag They’re almost always moving their body parts all the time. Hey you never know, they might as well see someone or something amazing and loudly proclaim that amazement by shouting what a sight that is. These deplorable actions have always existed around pool tables. In the 1929 World Pocket Billiard Championship match in Detroit between Ralph Greenleaf and Erwin Rudolph: Ralph jumped loudly over a nearby railing at the right moment and Erwin missed his shot and lost the match. Certainly there have been complaints from many, but what can you really do? He was Sharked, plain and simple, but impossible to prove. Protect yourself, ask the Sharker to move away from the table or out of your line of sight. Most pool players, but not all, will adhere to this.
The Fort Bragg Pool League fall 2022 season began last Tuesday.
Visit the following Fort Bragg Pool League sponsors: Angelina’s Grille & Bar, Golden West Saloon, Milano Hotel and Bar, Tip Top Lounge or Welcome Inn: All maintain a schedule of Fort Bragg Pool League players and teams. Find someone you know in the list and find out where they play. You can join a team, make new friends, or just watch 8-ball games as they unfold. The league plays on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and ends before 10:00 p.m. Tournaments, if held, will be after the league game or probably on another night. Tournament schedules are usually posted on bulletin boards near pool tables. Anyone can join to play.
If you visit Fort Bragg you can test your game against local players! Enjoy the good company, food, music and full-service bars with shuffleboard, craps, darts, corn-hole and billiards for your entertainment. Angelina’s Grill and Bar offers karaoke on Friday nights. If you like being outdoors, try the Milano Hotel and Bar, which has a terrace and tables to enjoy the fresh air. Come and spend time in Fort Bragg.
Cue tip: If you watch professional pool players hit a cue stick and then play a shot, you’ll find that they don’t move their bodies during or for a moment after the game. When you watch an amateur game, you can see all kinds of movements. Kick our elbow in, kick our elbow out, and then twist it around. Why? For ball control, of course.
We raise our heads to observe where our object ball is flying, and tilt for control as needed. We raise our bridge hand (my favorite) and swoop left or right to affect the ball. Unfortunately, all these actions are detrimental to the accuracy of the shot in the pool. In short, you are supposed to act like a statue for a moment and remain still after hitting the cue ball. We unconsciously develop movement habits to increase our chances of making a ball, in fact these habits inhibit our chances of success. If you can, set up a video or have a friend record you as you play your game that will let you know what you are actually doing at the table. You may be surprised at your efforts to influence a rolling ball. Excessive body movement, whether unconscious or not, during or after hitting is bad for accuracy, watch the video and see for yourself. Contact me at [email protected].