Top U.S. players 2020: Comments welcome

catkins

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schmidt is a devastating shooter and you cant beat him for running balls but I don't feel like he plays a very nuanced game of
one pocket. He is super fun to watch but in my opinion a top notch ball runner with more patience and better creativity in the trapping department will have the edge here
 

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There was a great match this year at derby with Justin and tony came down to last three balls for the set and Justin out played tony. Being completely fearless as Justin is helps a lot too. The semis with him and roberto was like 12 minutes I think
 

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schmidt is a devastating shooter and you cant beat him for running balls but I don't feel like he plays a very nuanced game of
one pocket. He is super fun to watch but in my opinion a top notch ball runner with more patience and better creativity in the trapping department will have the edge here
Did you watch last years DCC when he was down something like 5 to -4 against James Aranas? I was there in person and also watched the match recently. He has won DCC in the past and I think his 1P is underrated.
 

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Did you watch last years DCC when he was down something like 5 to -4 against James Aranas? I was there in person and also watched the match recently. He has won DCC in the past and I think his 1P is underrated.
That was a great match. What I think john does well is playing to his strength which is running balls. So his willingness to take 1000 scratches makes sense since he is a favorite to run a lot of balls if he ever gets the shot from almost any position
 

TxOnePocket

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I remember watching Justin Cone 10+ years back, I would have swore he would be on this list....
 

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I remember watching Justin Cone 10+ years back, I would have swore he would be on this list....
Yeah, Cone was (is?) a dynamite player, but IMO he couldn't beat the top pros. He was like Lil John or Mike Surber, who could compete with the top guys, but couldn't beat them in the long run.
 

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Yeah, Cone was (is?) a dynamite player, but IMO he couldn't beat the top pros. He was like Lil John or Mike Surber, who could compete with the top guys, but couldn't beat them in the long run.
Sounds similar to Steve Cook....
 

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State of mind plays big imo... at the top level in pool and golf in particular, one must have his mind right... Concentration must be 100% along with confidence in ones ability to win against whoever the opponent might be... When any one of them gets in that type of zone, they can win... especially if they aren’t afraid or intimidated by who they are playing, then they can win... Justin Hall could be one of the best, for whatever reasons, he chooses not to... could be commitment, could be just simply a lack of desire to put in the effort he knows it demands, who knows? Getting to a consistent top 3 ranking for the year takes more than some can give, or more than they are willing to give.... Justin is still young enough to chase life outside of the poolroom and talented enough to settle down later in his life and become a top 3 one pocket player... Question is... Will he...
I enjoy all your post, you seem to be well informed and your understanding of life, pool in general, and what it takes to succeed you bring forward as clearly as it can be described. You are an asset to the forum for many reasons.

Great post.

Dr. Bill
 

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I thought Steve Cook was better than that.
Of course he was! He is a HOFer!


I had the privilege to play with him in his later years when he would come to Beechmont Billiards. He let me play against him $10 a game and I'm sure you understand how well worth it that was. He was always a gentleman at the table and off.
 

TxOnePocket

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Yeah, Cone was (is?) a dynamite player, but IMO he couldn't beat the top pros. He was like Lil John or Mike Surber, who could compete with the top guys, but couldn't beat them in the long run.
Naw I just worded the last part wrong, meant to say he was someone I thought was on his way to that list.
 

Island Drive

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He was...he had a good chance to beat anyone he played every time he got on the table
LS how about Jr. Golf, saw him at his pool room in Tampa, 68. Only room I'd ever been in that used Rubber floor tiles. Clyde Garman used to take me around during my stay. We missed the Big Q by a photo finish, won the daily double and Won betting on HiLai, till he dropped the ball :)
 

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I enjoy all your post, you seem to be well informed and your understanding of life, pool in general, and what it takes to succeed you bring forward as clearly as it can be described. You are an asset to the forum for many reasons.

Great post.

Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill, that was such a nice compliment, coming from a guy who’s been there and lived it, and always held himself to the very highest standards along the way...
Appreciate ya... 👍 Thanks
 

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Did you watch last years DCC when he was down something like 5 to -4 against James Aranas? I was there in person and also watched the match recently. He has won DCC in the past and I think his 1P is underrated.
Pilot,
I always thought that JS didn't get the attention he deserved playing one pocket. Good thinker and his ball pocketing comes much from his good cue ball control. Maybe because he stays away from the power bank shots that people underestimate him as just a ball runner.
 

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Pilot,
I always thought that JS didn't get the attention he deserved playing one pocket. Good thinker and his ball pocketing comes much from his good cue ball control. Maybe because he stays away from the power bank shots that people underestimate him as just a ball runner.
I’ve got a little JS story.

About 15/16 years ago before John became MR. 400, and I didn’t know who he was, we played in NYC at 4th ave. billiards. I was practicing in the pit when John said, “I know you, I watched you play in Detroit when I was hanging out with Brandon”. Brandon was one of the best local players in Detroit and I knew I shouldn’t play him but I’m a sucker.

I don’t remember how many games we played but John made darn near everything he shot at. I’ve never seen anyone make so many combo banks, carom banks and shots, kiss shots and banks. I don’t think I ever got to two or three balls. It was one of the biggest whoppings I’ve ever received.
 
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