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I think 14.1 is hurting my overall game - 10-21-2020, 10:30 AM

I've been trying to develop my 14.1 skills for the passed couple of weeks, and seem to have fallen into a bit of a rut.

Prior to giving a honest hoot about 14.1, I would have considered myself a well above average player across the board. However in an effort to "think" straight pool, manipulating clusters, playing carom shape, throwing shots that wouldn't go otherwise... yada yada yada, I find my stroke has gone to hell.

It should be said, that I haven't played anything but straight pool for the last couple of weeks, so my mind hasn't had to switch gears into rotation and/or 8 ball style of play.

I was just curious if anyone else who really didn't play straight pool initially found a drop in proficiency outside of the little ticky tack types of shots that are frequent in 14.1.


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10-21-2020, 12:30 PM

Your experience is not unusual, but some of the greatest ever in the nine ball era used 14.1 as their primary practice game to tone down their stroke, and felt that 14.1 helped them with their problem solving skills, cluster management and touch/finesse, all of which translated well to nine ball. Two such players are BCA Hall of Famers Mika Immonen and Jeanette Lee.

Why not switch to 80% nine ball and 20% straight pool as an experiment and see how it goes.

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10-21-2020, 01:59 PM

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I've been trying to develop my 14.1 skills for the passed couple of weeks, and seem to have fallen into a bit of a rut.

Prior to giving a honest hoot about 14.1, I would have considered myself a well above average player across the board. However in an effort to "think" straight pool, manipulating clusters, playing carom shape, throwing shots that wouldn't go otherwise... yada yada yada, I find my stroke has gone to hell.

It should be said, that I haven't played anything but straight pool for the last couple of weeks, so my mind hasn't had to switch gears into rotation and/or 8 ball style of play.

I was just curious if anyone else who really didn't play straight pool initially found a drop in proficiency outside of the little ticky tack types of shots that are frequent in 14.1.
Couple points here. Stu pointed out a few benefits but one he didn't mention is more precise position play and also achieving more "correct" angles. You're a good enough player to know what I mean about angles.
You can be on the right side of the ball but still have a bad angle. Precise position lends itself towards achieving perfect angles which translates into running out a higher percentage of the time.
If you continue playing 14.1 your position and angle management will improve and performance in all games will rise.
I've watched some of your ghost videos and there've been quite a few instances where you had to do something heroic to get out. Play enough straight pool and those situations will occur way less often.
I assume "drop in proficiency" means you're missing long +/or harder shots that you seldom miss in 9ball. That's probably due more to a bit of loss of focus because of having to do more thinking than it is your stroke.
That should straighten itself out. You're having to do a lot of thinking which is way less necessary in rotation.
**Not sure what you mean by "rotation and/or 8 ball style of play" as 8ball and 14.1 are very similar to each other.
  
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10-21-2020, 02:41 PM

All very good advice here for you- I END all of my 14.1 practice sessions with several racks of 9 ball- just to air out my stroke for half hour or so - I find it really helps to balance out your approach to both forms of play.

Staying with 14.1 UNTIL your position play eventually rises several notches will definitely make every form of pocket billiards easier to manage- just because the game is all about cue ball control.
  
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10-22-2020, 06:35 AM

Thanks all for the advice...

I really don't get any satisfaction by running a rack of 8/9/10 ball. If I have a clear opening shot I expect to get out, so really the only goal these days is to put packs together against the ghost. Which of course boils down to the break and zero safety play. My point is, it's boring.

I've transitioned to solo 14.1 just for the spice of something different. That and I'm well aware that the game more frequently puts you in complicated situations that you only run across in other games once in a blue moon.

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I've watched some of your ghost videos and there've been quite a few instances where you had to do something heroic to get out. Play enough straight pool and those situations will occur way less often.
I assume "drop in proficiency" means you're missing long +/or harder shots that you seldom miss in 9ball. That's probably due more to a bit of loss of focus because of having to do more thinking than it is your stroke.
I have the memory of a fruit fly, so I'd have to watch those videos myself to determine the heroic circumstances you commenting on...lol. Although I use the analogy frequently as well, I think the classification is subjective. I will say that when playing the ghost nearly all the hero shots would normally call for safety play. Which obviously is a loss of game, so.., not an option. All that said, I know what you're getting at.

I've spent some time rolling this over in my mind, and I think what it is, are my "default settings" when full stroking standard shots.

Case in point...: Normal half ball cut into the corner. All things being equal, I would 99% of the time play with a hair of draw and equal outside. I could of course do whatever I needed to with the CB, but again I'm talking about "default settings". Now that I've been playing 14.1 and my focus has switched to CB control after colliding with clusters, my "new normal" here is to usually hit the CB with nothing but stun and let the natural carom clear the CB from the cluster. ...so now when I go back to say 9 ball and try to hit my full stroke original "default". I'm squirting the CB more than I'm accustomed to, and I end up chunking the OB way too thick...

The above is just one example of what I'm experiencing. Standing back and looking at the situation. It appears to be an obvious and easy fix..., and it is completely. My problem is that this is my "default setting" and isn't something I've had to consciously evaluate for countless years, so it doesn't dawn on me that I could be hitting it bad...lol.

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**Not sure what you mean by "rotation and/or 8 ball style of play" as 8ball and 14.1 are very similar to each other.
Yes and no... Ya there's some minor cluster management in 8 ball, and the shape play is similar. I'm actually fairly strong 8 ball player. But to point out what we all know. 8 ball is a single rack game, so there's zero focus on manipulating the current table to control the outcome of the next rack. While I play 14.1 I'm looking to play shape to get on balls so the carom off of those will develop break balls for later on. Again this is obvious stuff for the 14.1 crowd, but these series of shots aren't something you do in the other games, and generally are all about spin with extremely light touch.

Sure in 8 ball you play shape to play caroms to break clusters, but you're not trying to play the preceding shape to push the cluster breaks into specific locations for rack starting break shots.


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10-23-2020, 01:12 AM

I think problem you feel, is probably that your focus get divided because no need to run balls in rotation.
Try get game plan and follow it. That needs to a lot of shooting to get it. Then your 14.1 will jump up and other games follow.

Even bad plan is better than not plan at all.


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10-23-2020, 05:32 AM

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All very good advice here for you- I END all of my 14.1 practice sessions with several racks of 9 ball- just to air out my stroke for half hour or so - I find it really helps to balance out your approach to both forms of play.

Staying with 14.1 UNTIL your position play eventually rises several notches will definitely make every form of pocket billiards easier to manage- just because the game is all about cue ball control.
dig this.. I also follow 14.1 with rotation and enjoy that
honestly, shooting 9 after working my brain at straights feels like a treat
I'm no prize player tho
I do imagine that even a good player
might not see benefits of switching things up right away
stick with it..see what happens over time?


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10-23-2020, 06:05 AM

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I've been trying to develop my 14.1 skills for the passed couple of weeks, and seem to have fallen into a bit of a rut.

Prior to giving a honest hoot about 14.1, I would have considered myself a well above average player across the board. However in an effort to "think" straight pool, manipulating clusters, playing carom shape, throwing shots that wouldn't go otherwise... yada yada yada, I find my stroke has gone to hell.

It should be said, that I haven't played anything but straight pool for the last couple of weeks, so my mind hasn't had to switch gears into rotation and/or 8 ball style of play.

I was just curious if anyone else who really didn't play straight pool initially found a drop in proficiency outside of the little ticky tack types of shots that are frequent in 14.1.
Try equal offense. Same concept as 14.1 but the balls are more spread out and you can let out your stroke more.

Neither of them develop your safety and kicking game needed to play 9 ball or 10 ball at a high level.
  
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10-23-2020, 08:18 AM

I saw overall improvement after months of straight pool. I will say straight pool is more "work" in general and it can get mentally tiring. I think initially my 9-ball game did go down a bit, but mainly on long, tough shots. Eventually my 9-ball game went up because I played position better. I think practicing all games makes an all-around better player though.


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10-26-2020, 04:49 PM

Well I changed up my approach and seem to have broken out of my mini slump.

Managed a 55 and 59 this evening. The latter being my personal best (+1). Both runs ended with taking an ill advised / unwarranted risk with 10 open balls left standing.

The difference being my methodology in breaking clusters and setting up break balls. My first few days playing this game, I was a free wheeling potter and had typical new player success. In an attempt to learn the finesse of the game. I tried being more strategic and "ticky tack" as I call it. This really took me out of rhythm when it came time to switch it up and swing at a ball, or a long shot that didn't have the forgiveness extremely short shots provide.

I was chatting about 14.1 at league the other night, and one of my team mates commented on Thorsten Hohmann's style of play. This switched a light bulb on for me, and made me realize I didn't have to play the "ticky tack" style to be a strong 14.1 player.

Sure enough, I opened up my swing/game and we're back in the race.

Kicking myself for not reaching at least the 60's today, but back to back 50's, I have my stroke back, and I didn't give up on the game.

yay me...lol


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Well I changed up my approach and seem to have broken out of my mini slump.

Managed a 55 and 59 this evening. The latter being my personal best (+1). Both runs ended with taking an ill advised / unwarranted risk with 10 open balls left standing.

The difference being my methodology in breaking clusters and setting up break balls. My first few days playing this game, I was a free wheeling potter and had typical new player success. In an attempt to learn the finesse of the game. I tried being more strategic and "ticky tack" as I call it. This really took me out of rhythm when it came time to switch it up and swing at a ball, or a long shot that didn't have the forgiveness extremely short shots provide.

I was chatting about 14.1 at league the other night, and one of my team mates commented on Thorsten Hohmann's style of play. This switched a light bulb on for me, and made me realize I didn't have to play the "ticky tack" style to be a strong 14.1 player.

Sure enough, I opened up my swing/game and we're back in the race.

Kicking myself for not reaching at least the 60's today, but back to back 50's, I have my stroke back, and I didn't give up on the game.

yay me...lol
nice one!
think I've heard john schmidt say he ~freewheels til he gets to ~200 balls
kinda makes sense..straight pool uses up a lotta brain juice (mine, anyway..)


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10-27-2020, 02:42 PM

I'm assuming you've watched some of Hohmanns videos. While he's known for hitting a large percentage of BS's very hard that's only one of 15 shots every rack.
What makes him a great player is that he doesn't have "default settings" for shots. He uses whatever stroke is most appropriate for the specific shot and situation.
  
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10-27-2020, 05:03 PM

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I'm assuming you've watched some of Hohmanns videos. While he's known for hitting a large percentage of BS's very hard that's only one of 15 shots every rack.
What makes him a great player is that he doesn't have "default settings" for shots. He uses whatever stroke is most appropriate for the specific shot and situation.
Yes, and I believe part of my issue was that I created a "default setting" for 14.1 play with soft rolling the large majority of what I was attempting. Thinking this was the right way to play.

Well that approach may still be the "right way". However, I'm finding more success by going back to my 8, 9 ,10 ball style of play which using more pace and shape off rails.

I managed another high 50 today, so I'm doing something right...lol.


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10-28-2020, 03:18 PM

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Yes, and I believe part of my issue was that I created a "default setting" for 14.1 play with soft rolling the large majority of what I was attempting. Thinking this was the right way to play.

Well that approach may still be the "right way". However, I'm finding more success by going back to my 8, 9 ,10 ball style of play which using more pace and shape off rails.

I managed another high 50 today, so I'm doing something right...lol.
No, neither way alone will get you very far in 14.1. Versatility in both position play and decision making are essential.
  
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