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THE MYTH OF CENTER BALL Tom Simpson © Janurary 2002 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com
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One of the things that makes pool challenging is that what the cueball is doing changes during the shot. While the cueball is moving, it’s doing some combination of rolling, spinning, and sliding. Exactly what that combination is changes over the course of the shot, as the ball collides with rails and other balls, and as it slows and eventually comes to a stop. Why is this important? Understanding what exactly the cueball is doing – and when – is critical to developing the shot planning knowledge and shooting finesse you need to play at a high level. If we’re paying attention, and invest our attention in watching & shooting many thousands of shots, we gradually get a sense for cueball behavior, and what we see happening on the table begins to be what we expect. However, if we have clear knowledge of how things actually work, we can “get it” much more quickly. Let’s focus on the much misunderstood Stun Shot. Many instructors (myself included) consider the stun shot to be the most important shot in pool. Here’s my definition: A stun shot is any shot where the cueball is sliding at the moment of impact. Sliding means skidding – not draw, not forward roll. “Oh, stun is another name for the Stop Shot,” players say. No, the stop shot is a stun shot that happens to be straight in. The key issue is – and this is my main point – what matters is what the cueball is doing at the moment of impact. Let me say it another way: What matters is not how you hit the ball (draw, center, follow, whatever). What matters is what it’s doing at the Moment of Impact. How do we control that? Continuing with the example of a stop shot, imagine two straight-in shots, one with the CB and OB a foot apart, and the other with the balls four feet apart. A lot of instructional material will tell you to ‘Hit center ball.’ Maybe, for the longer shot, they will tell you to ‘Hit center ball, firmly.’ While this might work if your stroke and idea of “firm” is the same as theirs, it doesn’t reflect what really matters – Moment of Impact. Instead, if you clearly understand that your job on a stop shot (and all stun shots) is to deliver that CB to its target without any forward or backward spin,
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you can deal with it more effectively. In our example shots, for the short one, you can actually use center ball because, unless you hit it really softly, the CB will not have time to start rolling before it hits the OB. In other words, it will be skidding at the Moment of Impact. For the longer shot, you actually have to hit below center (draw) because as the ball travels toward its target, friction with the cloth gradually wears off the backspin. The general requirement for any Stun Shot is that you have to shoot at a speed and with an amount of backspin that results in the backspin wearing off just at the Moment of Impact. There is a range of ways to accomplish this. Cueball speed and draw combine to determine what the CB will be doing at any moment in its travel – spinning backwards, skidding, or rolling. You can shoot a Drag Shot, which is maximum backspin and low speed. You can shoot a Clobber Shot, which is center ball and high speed. You can shoot any appropriate combination of speed and backspin in between. If it’s not a straight-in shot, the speed will determine how far the CB moves after impact. Weigh the trade-offs and shoot whichever combination fits your purposes and your skill. So why is the Stun Shot so important? It’s the only shot in pool where we know for certain the direction the cueball will take after it strikes an object ball. If the CB is sliding at the Moment of Impact, it will run down the Stun Line (sometimes called the Tangent Line) every time, regardless of speed. The Stun Line is the line that’s perpendicular (90 degrees) to the line through the centers of the two balls at impact. This is the key to position play. We know where stun shots will go, and if we want to adjust to make the CB go forward or back relative to the Stun Line, we can accomplish that with draw or follow – at the Moment of Impact. So, when someone tells you to use Center Ball, they probably mean Stun, but it’s hard to be certain. Consider the result you want. Consider what the cueball must be doing at the Moment of Impact to accomplish that result. Decide how you are going to make that happen and hit accordingly. Have I said “Moment of Impact” enough times?
TABLE LEARNING TALKTO LOVE ONE POCKET Love it or hate it, it’s a very challenging game
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Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at billiardsprofessor.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
I am a very lucky man. My gal is very supportive of my love of pool, and goes with me to every tournament, and every league night. She keeps track of my pool lesson appointments for me, and even gets on me to make sure I get my articles submitted on time every month. Before we met, she knew nothing about pool, and had no desire to play or watch it. Since we have been together, she has learned to love pool. She gets most excited about 9-ball. In her words, she loves to see the ball “zooming around the able” to get into position for the next shot. She also enjoys 8-ball, but I strongly suspect that is because I play 8-ball in a local BCA league, and she loves socializing with our friends at the local pool hall (Crown Billiards in San Ramon, California). Pool takes up a lot of our free time, and she’s pretty gracious about it, for the most part. Often, I will tell her about a tournament I want to play in, and she’ll tell me OK, and put it on the calendar. Unless it’s One-Pocket. She hates One-Pocket. I am sure most of you are familiar with One-Pocket. If not, head on over to onepocket.org for a detailed description of the game. Essentially, you and your opponent battle it out to be the first person to pocket eight balls in your assigned pocket. A simple premise, to be sure, but the nuances involved are very deep, and take a very long time to master. One-Pocket is a very different animal from most other pool games. There is a lot of maneuvering and safety play, and very little actual shotmaking. I think that is where her boredom comes from: “I want to see balls go in the pocket!” If you are in the same camp, and really don’t see the appeal of the game, I invite you to watch a match or two. You can find some good matches on YouTube by searching for “One-Pocket.” Find a match with Scott Frost, and pay attention to the following: Do not leave a clear shot for your opponent. Most of the time, you’ll want to leave the cue ball near your opponent’s pocket. In doing so, you are forcing him to shoot away from his pocket, making it very difficult for him to score a pot. Of course, you also want to make sure that you don’t leave a relatively easy bank shot for him, either. You don’t always need to leave the cue ball near his pocket. If you tie the cue ball up with other balls, you can not only leave him a difficult shot on his own pocket, you might make it difficult for him to play safe on you. In most games, there is a cluster of balls near the foot spot, called the “stack.” If you put the cue ball next to the stack on his side of the table, he will have tremendous difficulty getting the upper hand on you. Positioning balls near your pocket. One of the keys to doing well in this game is to ensure that you have some easy “ducks” sitting in front of your pocket, ready to be potted. The more you have sitting there, the more pressure it puts
on your opponent, because if he misses a shot, you are going to be able to earn some points, and possibly even run out! If you leave a ball on the long rail and one on the short rail, your opponent will have a difficult time leaving the cue ball in a position where you cannot put one of them in your pocket. But don’t just leave a bunch of balls near your pocket. Make sure they are in position for easy pots. If you tie some of them up, you might hinder your chances of making easy shots. Remove balls from near your opponent’s pocket. This is really a corollary to the previous point. In fact, the game really boils down to these two things: remove balls from your opponent’s pocket, and reposition them near your own. This is where some of the “wow” factor can come in. If you realize that a player is attempting to remove balls from his opponent’s side, and his shot ends up clearing 4 or 5 balls away, only to leave them near his own pocket, you have to recognize the tremendous skill that takes. Seriously, watch Scott Frost’s matches. He does this on a regular basis. He’s a beast! Don’t just blast those balls away, and put them on your side, though. It’s not enough to put balls near your pocket; you must also protect them. Leave the cue ball in a position that a) leaves no shot on your opponent’s pocket, and b) is hidden from your ducks by other ball(s). The stack is very useful for this! One-Pocket has often been compared to chess. While chess obviously requires much more strategy, the analogy still holds up. Often, you will move your pieces around, building up a strong defense around your king, while simultaneously forming a strong attack. Don’t approach One-Pocket with the intention of potting 8 balls. A game can last over an hour, and with that perspective, it’s VERY boring. Instead, approach it like a battle, and position your “men” in the best spots to give yourself the overall advantage. As a spectator, don’t watch for the players to pot balls. Instead, watch how they maneuver the balls around the table, and pay particular attention to their cue ball control. 95% of the time, they are focused mainly on putting the cue ball in the PERFECT position. It takes tremendous skill, and some of the best players are masters at their craft. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
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FINDING THE CENTER
I’m a big believer in fundamentals. I think that if your mechanics (basic motions of your stroke) are simple and repeatable, the game will be easier for you and your improvement will be a lot faster for however much time you put in to develop your game. I have several problems with my own fundamentals. When I was starting to play, there was almost no pool instruction. Those starting to play today don’t have that problem -- there is plenty of pool instruction around. Very good indicators of the state of your own fundamentals are shots that can be played without sidespin and are straight in. To play such a shot all you have to do is set your cue stick up along the line through the centers of the two balls and the center of the pocket and then bring the cue stick straight forward through the cue ball. Simple. Well, not really so simple. Most players find this very hard to do perfectly. Either they line up at an angle to the correct line or their cue swerves during the shot or the cue stick is parallel to the right line but offset to one side or the other. There are various causes for these problems, but let’s first check whether you have a problem. Set up Shot 1 as a perfectly straight shot into the side pocket. You will be doing this shot for a while so to make it easy to repeat the correct setup precisely, there are some learning tools you can use. The best is to mark a line on the cloth between the centers of the two pockets. If you use a tailor’s chalk to do this it will be easy to remove the line later. Add two paper reinforcement donuts for the positions of the two balls. If you can’t mark the table -- maybe the owner is overly protective -- just use the donuts with a third donut exactly in line with the others and close to the left side pocket. Note that I have shown a striped ball as the cue ball. This is so you can see whether you have side spin on the ball. A training cue ball is best, but a stripe will work. The goal is to make the shot in the side with draw and bring the cue ball straight back to the other side to scratch. A secondary goal -- and a main point of the drill -is to do this without any side spin so you know your hitting the cue ball in the center. If you have a line drawn on the table, it can be used to check your cue alignment. When you are down on the shot and think you have the line right, before you pull the trigger look down and see if the cue stick follows the line. If you don’t have a line, check your cue stick versus the third donut. As the striped cue ball draws back, the stripe should be rolling like a tire and not wobbling
Shot 1 Draw to scratch
Shot 2 Follow to scratch
or slanted. Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes on the shot. Set a goal such as three consecutive shots with a scratch and no significant side spin. Shot 2 is a similar shot with follow. The goal is to make the cue ball scratch in the same pocket as the object ball. As shown the shot may be too long for your current skill level, so make it shorter until you can do three in a row with minimum wobble of the cue ball. A last tip to check your centering: as you make your last stroke, fix your eyes on the ferrule/tip of your cue stick. Does it go straight through the center of the cue ball and finish straight ahead?
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Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
Bill “Weenie Beenie” Staton once said, “Pool is 70 percent mental.” Over the years, you have probably made enough poor decisions to believe this is true. Why, then, do we associate our playing ability with physical skill? Honestly, some players are more definable by the way they think than by the way they stroke the cue ball. Take the big breaker who crushes the rack but throws a temper tantrum every time he scratches: Yes, he’s got a powerful stroke, but before long his emotions are completely out of control. Next, consider his polar opposite, the guy who strikes the one nice and solid with a firm speed: He has roughly half the physical talents of the big breaker, but he knows his limitations and plays within them. Physical abilities only create potential in pool; it’s application that makes the difference. So why are some pool players measured by their physical talents? It’s because their physical abilities are far more visible than their mental ones. You never hear someone say, “It was the right decision to play safe from there,” or “You never shoot until you are ready.” These factors get little recognition, yet they often pave the way to success, sometimes having a greater effect on a shot’s outcome than the stroke itself. In fact, by thinking positively, you may be able to immediately play a stronger, more effective game of pool. One thing is certain: Without a strong mental game, you will never reach your true potential as a player. No doubt, it’s hard to play “in the moment” and stay focused. In pool, there is a natural tendency to look ahead or dwell on shots you’ve missed. If you have trouble putting mistakes behind you, it’s probably time to take a hard look at yourself.
Many players are shocked by the errors they make; for instance, they may miss a shot and let their negative emotions consume them for five games. If this sounds like you, look at your past. If history shows that you occasionally miss a ball, then don’t blow up when it happens. For many players, the game consumes their life. It’s what they do in their free time, what they read about and watch on the Internet, what they dream about at night when they go to sleep. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions: Does a bad tournament ruin your day? Does your last match affect your relationships with family and friends? These could all be serious indicators that pool controls your life. If this is the case, I suggest for you to take a short break. Sometimes, getting away from the game can give you a fresh perspective. On the other hand, maybe your perspective is fine, but when you play, you try to be like someone you’re not. For instance, you may want to shoot like Earl Strickland, pocketing ball after ball at a blistering pace. But if your personality is more conservative, shooting fast can throw your game out of balance. The key is for you to be honest with yourself. Figure out what your game should look like, and play within your limitations. Moreover, you must understand that your limitations are based upon your individual ability and your pool game has to fit with your God-given talents. Every match you play has its ups and downs, whether it be pocketing an impossible bank shot or playing a safety that comes back to haunt you. This sets the stage for bumpy road, which can completely take you out of your game. By reading and understanding this monthly column, you can learn to get away from negativity and play pool with a positive outlook. You can also learn to improve your game by benefitting from your nervous energy. Above all, you will learn that a positive mind will figure out a way to win, while a negative mind looks for all the reasons that you can’t. Don’t limit yourself with negative thinking. Be unstoppable…even from yourself!
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STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.
I personally like to use top spin a lot. So should any pool player since it is simply an enhancement of a ball’s natural forward roll. “Top spin” or “Follow” should be preferred to any other option in order to play position as it makes it easier to control the speed. The trajectory of the cue ball hit with a follow stroke is easier to predict and the billiards players know it well. This month’s trick shot has been around for a long time and it will help you understand the huge potential of follow shots. It is fairly easy, provided you are accurate in delivering the tip of your cue onto the exact spot of the cue ball. Start by placing a ball somewhat centered between the jaws of a corner pocket (in my diagram I used the red ball). Then place a couple of “obstacle balls” perpendicular and frozen to the long rail close to the side pocket (I used two green balls). Finally place the 9-ball by the other corner pocket on the same side of the table and your cue ball close to the short rail behind the dotted middle line. Now your goal is to pocket the red object ball and sink the 9-ball at the same time, to win the game. Aim 3/4 to the right of the red ball using a good amount of top spin on the cue ball. Use a 2.5 speed on a new, sleek cloth and a 3 speed on an old, slow cloth (I remind you that I gauge my shot’s speed/power 1 to 5, 1 being the power necessary to make the cue ball travel one length of the table, and so on). Make sure you keep your cue leveled and use a smooth follow-through. After making the red ball, the cue ball will hit the long rail then, still spinning with forward motion, will curve around the obstacle balls and head towards the 9-ball to pocket it, with or without hitting an extra rail. I also added in my diagram a blue ball to let you know you can use the same principle to win a 9- or 10-ball game, even if the lowest numbered object ball on the table is not by a corner pocket. As far as it is either frozen to the long rail or at no more than a couple balls away from it (1.5 balls on an old cloth), you can still hit it almost full but never thinner than 3/4 of it, with a lot of follow to make the cue ball hug the long rail (in other words bouncing off of it 2-3 times) and you’ll have pretty good chances of pocketing the 9- or the 10-ball provided it is fairly close to the corner pocket. Another necessary condition though is that the cue ball should be placed quite frontally in regards to the object ball and the long rail, ideally within the “A” area in my diagram. As an important adjustment, keep in mind that by using a little left English (an 11-11:30 hit on the cue ball, like I did), your cue ball will curve more but it will also lose speed more quickly. I like to play aggressively so anytime I have the possibility of closing a game in one shot, I go for it. In my career I did win a few games by using the above mentioned shot, and a few others by slicing the blue ball on its left side using some left English on the cue ball in order to have the cue ball travel 3 rails before making the billiards and A pocketing the winning ball. Try both solutions and see which one you feel more confident with.
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There is a transition time with every player, it’s just a matter of how abbreviated it is. We call this “The Gathering of the Shot”....and players like Buddy Hall do it beautifully - this is one of the reasons he was known to have the best cue ball control in history. It requires energy to take the cue back and it takes more energy to redirect the cue. Mentally (usually sub consciously) there’s a calculation that must take place to equate the forward movement of the cue with the speed and length of the shot. I like to practice exaggerating this technique so that there’s a distinct forward motion of the cue......after all, we never hit the cue ball with our back-swing, it’s just used to coil the cue back before the moment of release - or they say “the moment of highest tension”. There is one school of thought that the follow through doesn’t matter because the cue ball is already gone. This may be true in one respect, especially if you just look at the stroke mechanically. However, from my experience it’s vital to control the after contact movement of the cue ball WITH the length of the follow through. This is what gives the player that high degree of touch and feel for the game that’s essential for top
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notch performance under pressure......when you are in that “do or die” situation. When I want the “after contact” movement of the cue ball to be exaggerated I exaggerate the follow through, when I want the “after contact” movement to be compat, then I compact my follow through..... even if I want the cue ball to jump slightly I’ll use a “staccato type” follow through that creates that movement. If I didn’t have a very good understanding of how the cue moves FORWARD from the top of the back-swing I would not be able to play at the champion’s level of performance. Whether a player is aware of it or not the follow through must connect to the “after contact” reaction of the cue ball....or you’ll always be playing a “guessing game,” and it really shows up under the pressure of a high dollar match or tournament. The cue ball’s reaction, at the highest level is a reflection of what the cue is doing......the more you can calibrate the cue’s motion to coincide with the cue ball’s “after contact” reaction the better off you will be.......this is one of the essential “differences that make a difference” in winning or just coming close. ‘The Inner Game is the Teacher’
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John Schmidt WINS Photos by: Steve Register SnapSAR photos Black Diamond Billiards, Spokane Valley, WA Labor Day week end the annual Spokane 9-Ball Open was held at Black Diamond Billiards in Spokane, WA. 76 players attended the tournament this year paying the $100 entry, with BCA rules governing the tournament a race to 9 and winner break. It was a very good turn-out considering we had some regular players that were unable to attend due to other commitments. The board was drawn Friday night and at 9 am Saturday morning we opened the doors and started matches at 9:30 am. With 76 players and a race to 9 Saturday turned into a long waiting game as matches continued to go hill/hill. The matches continued to slow and with no end in sight we decided to push all B matches to Sunday. Was not a popular decision to some but seemed to work out great in the end as we were able to get 2 rounds on the A-side done. Sunday morning at 9:30 am we jumped straight into the B-side matches. The A-side matches did not resume till after 1 pm on Sunday giving a chance for the B-side to catch up. As Sunday saw some great matches as we came down to the Final 4 players on the A-side. Paul Potier beating Damian Pongpanik, Matt Bracewell advancing over Tony Volpe, John Schmidt winning against Miguel Morfin and Kevin Osburne (Ozzy) over Frank Rocha. With the last 4 in place the A-side was done till Monday morning at 10:30 AM. In the mean time on the other side of the board the chase for top Lady ended with Kimberly Kirk (K2) and Faith Morfin receiving the
cash($100) as Mary Coffman was able to place in the money with a 12th place finish worth $150. As Sunday concluded we were able to play down to the last 12 of the tournament. Finishing with 8 players on the B-side to play Monday morning at 10:30am. 10:30 AM Monday the matches started on the A-side with Paul Potier beating Matt Bracewell and Ozzy advancing over John Schmidt to set up the point match. On the B-side Damian Pongpanik beat Mary Coffman as Stan Tournageau also victorious over Tony Volpe. Joe Spence advanced against Miguel Morfin as Todd Marsh also advanced beating Frank Rocha. Stan was next in Damianâ€™s path to continue his winning Streak only to meet John Schmidt who ultimately defeated Damian to give him a 5th place finish. While the bottom of the bracket Joe Spence and Todd Marsh Squared off with Joe advancing and eventually beating Matt Bracewell to give Matt a 5th place finish. Giving Joe the right to Play John for 4th place where he fell short ending his tournament run. In the Meantime Paul Potier was able to Claim the point by defeating Kevin Osburne (Ozzy). Moving Ozzy over to play John for opportunity to come back a play Paul again where Ozzy came up on the losing end of this match and a 3rd place finish for Ozzy. The finals were set with John Having to beat Paul twice as he was able to win the first set 9-5 and force a second set. The second set set would prove to be a little tought. John was able to pull of the double dip successfully beating Paul in the Second set 9-8 to claim the the Championship and $2500 for The 2015 Spokane 9-Ball open. I would like to THANK The Black Diamond and there wonderful staff
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Big Dog Billiards and Diveney Cues presented the Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo September 10 to 13, 2015. It was quite a well attended event! We thank everyone who participated! Congratulations are due many, in fact, all of the participants-- the Sponsors, Vendors, Professional and Amateur pool players, PoolActionTV.com, the staff at Big Dog Billiards and Big D’s Cafe. and especially all of the Cue show attendees and tournament spectators! We thank you for your participation! We truly apprecAiate and heartily thank our sponsors for making this event possible! Patrick Diveney, of Diveney Cues was the primary partner sponsor with Big Dog Billiards on this event and did a great job recruiting, with the assistance of Andy Andrew Rounceville, the Midwest Cue makers, for this first annual Expo. Dave Jacoby of Jacoby Custom Cues did a great job supporting this event, sponsoring the raffle of a custom Jacoby Cue won by Danny Diveney! John Bertone, of Kamui Tips SA, also contributed greatly as a sponsor of this event. Ramin Bakhtiari, owner of GoPlayPool.com, and MaryAnn Starkey did a great job
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Doha, Qatar)--Showing why he is not only one of pool’s most talented performers, but perhaps its most hardcore player as well, Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi captured his first World 9-ball Championship tonight in Doha, trading blows with the USA’s Shane Van Boening for two and a half hours before pulling away in crunch time to win 13-11. Both players put in gritty, high quality performances, with brilliant shot making under pressure, coupled with just a handful of errors from both superstars. The outcome was in doubt right down to the dramatic end, but it was Ko who seemed to will himself over the finish line for the historic win. The win is the 26 year old Ko’s second world championship this year, after capturing the 10-ball world title in the Philippines back in February. That victory seven months ago served to fulfill the former teen pool prodigy’s long cherished dream of winning his first world title. Tonight’s win puts Ko in the pantheon of all time pool greats. For Van Boening the loss in his first ever World 9-ball final has to be a massive disappointment, especially considering that he had literally lapped the field in his prior matches, playing some of the most scintillating 9-ball seen in many years. But the American’s mastery of the break shot came to end against Ko, and he was forced to duke it out with the Taiwanese. Van Boening had more than enough chances to pull out the match, but with the pressure mounting late and the wear and tear taking its toll on both players, Ko had just that little bit extra to get the job done. Under normal circumstances a match up in the world finals between greats like Ko and Van Boening would be expected to be a tight slugfest from beginning to end. But prior to the final almost nobody in the Al Arabi Sports Club, and the tens Ko Pin Yi of thousands tuning in around the world on the live stream, was giving Ko a chance. That’s because up until that point the American had been in a rarefied zone that few pool fans had ever seen, winning his five previous race to 11 matches by the almost preposterous total score of 55-14. Having figured out the break shot, Van Boening simply couldn’t be stopped and he carried an air of confident invincibility that made him appear untouchable. The day began with the two semi-finals and the contrast couldn’t have been more different. Playing on the TV table against Pin Yi’s younger brother Ko Ping Chung, Van Boening again hit every break shot perfectly—wing ball down and open shot on the one. He quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the 20 year old Ko got one on the board. But then it was straight back to the race track and before anyone knew it the American had won the match 11-1. Van Boening was making 9-ball look like child’s play. On the adjacent table Ko Pin Yi and former World 9-ball Champion Wu Jia Qing, as expected, put on a show for the ages. Wu had Ko pinned down at 6-2, but Ko clawed his way back to 6-5. Leading 7-6 Wu played an errant safety and Ko got his first tie, and a shot of confidence to boot and he soon went ahead 8-7.The pair then took their games to the next level, trading pressure packed break and runs, safeties and clutch pots. Wu would never lead again as the two Taiwanese were tied at 8, 9 and then 10. Having won the lag, Ko had the last break and broke and ran for a well deserved spot in the finals. An hour later the race to 13 final began and, based upon thumping Van Boening had given to Ko’s younger brother, and everyone else he had faced this week, almost nobody had picked the Taiwanese to pull off the win. Ko, however, is clearly not ‘everyone else.’ The Taiwanese won the lag and after a safety battle, grabbed the first rack to go up 1-0. Van Boening notched the next rack, and the pair traded frames with each holding serve until the score reached 4-4. But one thing was vastly different for the American in this match compared to all his previous matches. Although he was having some success on the break, he wasn’t
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nearly as flawless on that break as he had been throughout the week. Then in rack 9 Ko was the recipient of several lucky rolls that would be the first of nearly a handful that would help propel him forward throughout the match. Ko scratched shooting at the 7-ball but was fortunate that the same ball ended up married to the 8-ball, leaving Van Boening only a difficult bank, which he missed. Ko then missed the subsequent shot, but this time the 7-ball got snookered. Ko eventually took a rack that he had no business winning to move up 5-4. Shane found his break and ran the next rack to tie it at 5-5. Then in the next frame Ko got lucky again. He went for a 2-9 pot, missed, only to see the 9-ball drop in the side for a fluke win and a 6-5 lead. To his credit Van Boening kept his composure and it served him well. Two break and runs sandwiched around a Ko scratch brought the American his first lead of the match and an 8-6 advantage. Shane Van Boening Just as he did against Wu earlier, however, Ko used the deficit as his motivation to stage a fight back. At the same time Van Boening lost his momentum and several mistakes cost him plenty. Ko won two straight to tie the match at 8-8. Ko looked to be going up 9-8 before a shocking scratch while shooting an easy 8 gifted Van Boening the rack and a 9-8 lead. But then the American gifted one back in the next frame, losing position on the 7 and leaving a jump shot in the jaws. The match was now tied at 9-9 and the world title looked like it was going to come down to a flip of the coin. With the pressure palpable Ko took back the lead in the next frame. Van Boening pounced on an errant 4-ball and tied it again at 10-10. Ko responded with a break and run. And then Van Boening did the same to tie it at 11-11. Showing incredible moxy, Ko then fired back with yet another break and run. The Taiwanese was one away from the crown. The final frame served as a metaphor for Van Boening’s one and only match in the tournament where he experienced breaking struggles. With no open shot after the break, the American had to push out. Ko declined the shot and Van Boening’s attempt at the two-ball went astray, leaving an open table for Ko. A battled hardened Ko took his time and picked off the remaining colors and claimed his very first World 9-ball Championship. After soaking up the accolades and posing with his winner’s trophy and $30,000 check, Ko basked in the quiet satisfaction of a job well done. Yes he had made a few mistakes. Yes he had gotten some lucky rolls. But he had persevered. And that, above all, made this win that much more special. “When I won the World 10-ball in the Philippines, that was great,” Ko said. “But winning the World 9-ball Championship, this is unbelievable. I’m really happy because before I came to Doha I wasn’t playing that good. But I worked really hard on my game, especially my break shot. “I definitely didn’t play perfect in the final. But I played really good in the semi-final and of course that is more important because that got me to the final. I was 7-6 behind when Wu made one safety mistake, and after that everything changed. “In the previous matches I was playing perfect, just like Shane, who is such a great player, a real gentleman. But it’s the final of the World 9-ball championship and you know so many things can happen. I think we both played good and both made some mistakes. I feel that I got a few lucky rolls to help me win the match. There was a lot of pressure especially from 8-8 on. But at the end of the match I played good and I am happy I was able to stay patient. You just never know in 9-ball. The ball is round and you have to wait until the last 9-ball drops.” An obviously gutted Van Boening knew he hadn’t played in the same swashbuckling style that had brought him to the finals, especially with the break shot. The American, however, still played a brilliant match. He also took the loss like a man, gave credit where it was due, and promised his fans he’d snap a world title off soon enough. “He got a lot of fortunate rolls and he got lucky to hook me a couple of times after misses,” Van Boening said. “But I also made a couple of mistakes that I should have never have made. He played great and really didn’t make that many mistakes. I think I made more mistakes than he did and that is what cost me. “He was breaking good and I was breaking bad. There were more people in here(the Al Arabi Sports Club) which changed the temperature and the break a little bit. I really think that was the difference. My break wasn’t working for me. I was having trouble getting a clear shot to run out. That’s the way the game plays. “There’s nothing I can do. I’m not that disappointed. It’s an honor to play in the world championship finals. I know I can’t win every tournament. Either way if I win or lose it was fun to play in the finals. I’ll be back.” **The 2015 WPA World 9-ball Championship was sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association(WPA), the governing body of pool, and promoted and hosted by the Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation(QBSF). The winner of the 2015 World 9-ball Championship received $30,000. The runner received $15,000. The total prize fund was $200,000.
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Read the latest results from the Spokane Open, Summer Classic, NWPA, Senior Games and more .... New Tournament listings and your favorite co...
Published on Oct 1, 2015
Read the latest results from the Spokane Open, Summer Classic, NWPA, Senior Games and more .... New Tournament listings and your favorite co...