View Full Version : Practice Game for the less Experienced

08-04-2007, 08:01 AM
My wife and I have found the following fun

- Rack 9 balls
- Break
- Each ball pocketed counts as 1 point
- Play 5 innings per player (an inning is over after a miss/foul or all 9 pocketed)
- Best score is 45 (9X5)

- Here is the catch (special rules)
if any ball is pocketed on the break the player gets ball in hand
player can take ball in hand at any other time once per inning

We find this helps us see the table and provides positive reinforcement when we get 5 and 6 ball runs after a ball in hand. Also provides an incentive to break well! It also help my wife understand the power of safety play in pool. Now she likes to find ways to snooker me into a foul and then run a few balls (we play 8 ball).

We get scores from 25-30 for five innings. We have a straight poll counter on the wall to keep score.

Wanted to share this.

Kevin and Patty from the Jersey shore

08-04-2007, 12:21 PM
Thatīs great! Just donīt forget to make it progressive, or change practice-games when the skill level increases.

I often see people Iīve coached do the same drill in the same way years after it was handed to them.

You will benefit if you up the ante now and then.

For example: The ghost with 4 balls and ball in hand.
The ghost with 6 balls and ball in hand
The ghost with 9 balls and ball in hand. Etc.

You should do the same with your game, good luck and thanks for sharing.

08-05-2007, 10:29 AM
A few years ago shortly after my wife and I joined an APA 9 ball league my friend suggested to keep the focus we should play with a money value on each ball. The way my wife and I worked it was:
Each ball is worth 50 cents and I was a skill level 5 so I needed 38 points to win the match while she was a skill level 3 and so she needed 25 to win.

If she beat me 25 to nothing I would have to pay her $19.00!
If I beat her 38 to nothing she would have to pay me only $12.50!
Each ball pocketed reduces the amount at risk by 50 cents.
Example she wins the match with a score of 25 to my 36 I had to pay her $1.00.

We quickly realized that paying each other was taking money from one pocket and putting it in another pocket and wasn't really accomplishing much....so...we decided that the winner has to pay the vacation fund ( A 5 gallon water bottle we use like a piggy bank.) and this is the great part, we have banked the money from that jug 3 times now the 1st time it was over $800 the second about $700 and the last was a little over $500. That all adds up to a LOT of 9 ball matches and several good memories from our vacations.
You can substitute any worthy cause for the money you accumulate like this. Us being pretty much empty nesters, the vacation fund seem to be my wife's favorite worthy cause so that is what gets her to the pool table....plus she loves bragging to our friends when she can make me pay the jug close to $20 which she has done more that once now....(because we now make each ball a $1.00 and I am now a 7 in the APA while she is still a 3. She beat me one time 25 to 11 and I had to shell out $44.00! She was smoking...believe me all our friends heard about that one! /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

08-06-2007, 03:34 PM
Who decides where you go for the vacation?

08-06-2007, 05:40 PM
You must be single if you have to ask!
Seriously though she is the traveler and I am the companion. I would probably never go anywhere beyound Vegas if it were not for her influence but we have agreed that someday we'll see the Outback down under...my choice. Until then she is the vacation destination specialist. /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

08-06-2007, 06:30 PM
Well given we use the debit card for everything and have no cash on hand the money thing (although an excellent idea) would not work for us. We could install and ATM in the pool room and really make it look like a bar /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Maybe this weekend I will get 50 bucks cash to see how it works.


PS the practice game is works really well.

08-20-2007, 03:56 PM
well a got a 37 last night .. proof i am improving I think.


08-25-2007, 01:50 PM
Maybe itīs about time you skip the second ball in hand. Nice shootinīTex!