I read the previous threads on "who plays well," etc... So instead of naming names, how about comparing levels of play? For example, in the NYC metro area,in 9 ball, it goes like this:
D/D+ player-will make a ball on the break 1 in 4 racks, will run 1-3 balls, plays poor safes that are easily hit, may get out from the 7 once in 3 times.
C/C+ player-will make a ball on the break 1 in 3 racks, will run 3-5 balls then play safe which will have mixed results(some good,some so-so), may run 1 rack in a race to 7, gets out from the 7 consistantly.
B/B+ player-makes 1-3 balls on the break every other rack, will run 1-3 racks in a race to 7, plays decent safes most of the time, will miss once every other rack, gets out of most racks that do not have problems/clusters.
A/A+ players- Makes 1-3 balls on the break every other rack, plays good safes, will string 1-3 racks in a race to 7, plays good safes 3 outta 4 times, rarely miss a "makeable shot", will run an open table 3outta 4 times.
Open to World Class- Even though this covers alot of area, I'll spare your bleeding eyes of the various subtleties.
Will string 2-5 racks in a race to 7, plays tight safes 9 outta 10 times, gets out with BIH 9 out 10 times, breaks in 1-3 balls every rack/other rack, rarely misses, inning usually ends on a win or a good safe where if you don't kick well and leave him open, he will get out, can get out from anywhere, your safes are not necessarily safe, may kick and safe you back 1 outta 2 kicks.
Eric >Wealth of Useless Knowledge