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WoodMonkey
09-20-2006, 08:10 AM
Hi,

I live in a rural area and play mostly alone at home (9' table). To stay focused, I like to make up solitaire games. My favorite, I call 8-ball bowling. Here's how to play:

(1) Set up rack and break.
(2) After break, choose stripes or solids and shoot until you miss (calling all shots). Then shoot the other group until you miss. (One run on each).
(3) That makes one frame (of ten). Here's how to score:

a. If you don't run out, score just one point per ball made (maximum would be 14, all 7 of each group.)

b. If you do run out, score as follows: If you made a ball on the break, and run out first group, score 30. If you made a ball on the break, and run out second group, score 25. If you don't make a ball on the break, and run out first group, score 20. If you don't make a ball on the break, and run out second group, score 15.

c. If you foul at any time in any way during a run, score 0 for that group. (If you scratch on the first group, take ball in hand for second group.) If you scratch on the break, shoot from kitchen but take 5 off your score for the frame.

d. Safety Play: I also include a safety play rule so I have an excuse to practice safety play. My rule is that if I call a safety, I succeed if the ball lands such that my opponent would have to kick to hit one of his balls. If I do this, I continue whatever run I'm on with ball in hand.

That's it. Give it a try. I'm not very good and I've only scored over 100 once. But 300 is possible. Let me know what you score! Have fun.

dr_dave
09-21-2006, 07:09 AM
WoodMonkey,

Thank you for posting this. I've listed it with other drill links in the student and instructor resources section on my website (http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/pool/resources/index.html).

Regards,
Dr. Dave

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote WoodMonkey:</font><hr> Hi,

I live in a rural area and play mostly alone at home (9' table). To stay focused, I like to make up solitaire games. My favorite, I call 8-ball bowling. Here's how to play:

(1) Set up rack and break.
(2) After break, choose stripes or solids and shoot until you miss (calling all shots). Then shoot the other group until you miss. (One run on each).
(3) That makes one frame (of ten). Here's how to score:

a. If you don't run out, score just one point per ball made (maximum would be 14, all 7 of each group.)

b. If you do run out, score as follows: If you made a ball on the break, and run out first group, score 30. If you made a ball on the break, and run out second group, score 25. If you don't make a ball on the break, and run out first group, score 20. If you don't make a ball on the break, and run out second group, score 15.

c. If you foul at any time in any way during a run, score 0 for that group. (If you scratch on the first group, take ball in hand for second group.) If you scratch on the break, shoot from kitchen but take 5 off your score for the frame.

d. Safety Play: I also include a safety play rule so I have an excuse to practice safety play. My rule is that if I call a safety, I succeed if the ball lands such that my opponent would have to kick to hit one of his balls. If I do this, I continue whatever run I'm on with ball in hand.

That's it. Give it a try. I'm not very good and I've only scored over 100 once. But 300 is possible. Let me know what you score! Have fun. <hr /></blockquote>

marek
09-21-2006, 12:04 PM
Hi!
I know a game named "bowliard". It is played with ten balls and its played like this: you break them and you have ball in hand. If you run them all in one inning its a strike, if you make a mistake you have second inning and if you run them in the second inning its a spare. Simple as that.