Tuesday night 8 ball league. 9 footers (Thank God, as you all know, I can't stand barboxes!). One of my teammates needs 1 more win. She has this:
She's an SL2 and so I get up to give her a coach. I tell her to shoot the 5 straight down pass the 8. She loves to draw the ball and I told her to try to hit this one a bit above center. Nice and smooth. You're not going to scratch, the cue ball is going to naturally go to the left and you should get easy on the 8 ball. Instead, she tells me that she won't take that shot because she doesn't like those shots. So she shoots the 5 in the side with draw as usual and she ends up like this:
Now she turns to me and asks me "what do I do now?" I walk over and I ask her, "what do you think?" She said "well I'm going to bank it." So I told her the best thing to do is to play safe. But she insisted on banking it (she's a bit of a hard head) so I reluctantly told her to put some left on the CB eventhough I know she can't make it (once a hardhead always a hardhead). She hits it on the center. We lost that one...
Another coach for another teammate. He's on the hill, and he's got ball in hand. He's like this:
I tell him to shoot the 7 first, come back for the 5, and then he'll be right there for the 8. He wouldn't take my specifics as he feels he knows what he's doing. Sigh. He tells me that he's going to shoot the 5 first. I said that's not a good idea since you want your last ball to be near the 8 and you want to have the CB land in the vicinity of the 8. The way he wants is going to have him going up and then down which doesn't have to be 'cause he's got BIH. He insists that his way will work. He shoots the 5 first and leaves himself this:
He won't even look my way! He mucks up the shot and loses. (He actually won the set with the next match. Whew!)
Anway, that is the last time I give coaches if they're not going to be taken. In both instances, I asked them "well what do you think?" and then I'll give them my scenario. To the first one, I told her that she should practice the shots she's not comfortable with so that in a situation like this, she has to bear down and take it. And I told her that just because you can make a shot, doesn't mean that it's the right thing to do. Defensive play helps too (that was in reference to her first game). I felt like Stickman the other night. Very frustrating!
Wendy~~this Coach is retiring [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] except for Tom [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] and there's snow on the WEI table! [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]