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Billiards Hall Of Fame Greats, And Not So Greats

Why don't pool's best players get better recognition in this world? I have seen amazing legends of the game up close at the tables. And I see them now as Facebook friends. Most of pool's greatest living players and teachers are in my Facebook or e-mail accounts.

In my contacts are sheer legends of billiards like Gerda Hofstatter, Ewa Mataya Laurence, Helena Thornfelt, Jennifer Baretta, Sam Diepp, and that's just on the ladies' side.  You know who's not in my contact list? Tiger Woods, Jeff Gordon, Roger Federer, Shaquille O'Neal. You know why? Because even though there are billiards male and female champions whose tournament records would far eclipse their contemporaries in golf, auto racing, tennis and basketball, the media and most of the world could care less.

To most, pool and billiards is just a game, not even a sport. We know better.

Billiards Hall Of Fame Pool Shooters


July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm
(1) Wendell Williams says:

I agree. Pool is a thinking sport that requires a great deal of skill and concentration. For those who do not think that pool is a sport, give it a try. For example, learn the game of One Pocket. Once you learn the game and understand it, you will see that it is pools version of chess. You also get more exercise playing pool than chess. Chess is a sport right? Chess also has a much larger hall of fame. Everyone does not have the skill and ability to be a great pool player, it almost seems as though the greats were born with an innate gift. Because of the small number of people who have this gift of greatness, I feel that they should be recognized just like other skilled athelets.

July 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm
(2) Billiards Guide says:

I agree with 90% of what you said. The only thing I take exception to? That great players have some kind of innate hand/eye gift. Anyone can be an A-level pool shooter or higher, that’s what this GuideSite at About.com is all about!

November 3, 2012 at 12:25 am
(3) Jeff Jung says:

All about feel, and positioning the cue ball! Everyone will say “Gee, I could have made all those shots!

February 26, 2013 at 10:54 am
(4) RB says:

“Anyone can be an A-level pool shooter or higher,”


Anyone can be a C-level pool shooter, regardless of talent.

Maybe. D level, definitely.

As you reach the B and A level, much less ‘or higher’ (LOL), there is stroke talent and other things present that cannot be taught. I should know, I have been an A player most of my life, played open competition up to qualifying at the pro tour level, and am a PBIA certified instructor.

The first poster was 100% right, not 90%.

The A+ pool player has to hit without any error over and over and over, with any mistake leading to being out of line, unable to get to the next ball with position, or worst case, the opponents turn. An A+ player shoots .925+ out of 1000 (think batting average), that means 925+ out of 1000 they make, get safe, or get to their intended position or leave point for the NEXT 3 BALLS, not just the next 1.

If the person claiming anyone can do this were right, there would be 1000′s upon 1000′s of open and pro players. There are not. It’s a small family and we all know each other regionally and across the US.

BCA 10 or APA 9 is not open level player. Players that play open big table tournaments (no handicap) and can place in the top 16 is an ‘open level player’.

I don’t say this to discourage anyone, but the truth is the truth. If you really want to be a B or better pool player then look for PROPER instruction and evaluation to see what your stroke talent is and go from there.

Good luck!

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