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    I have been accused of playing slow although I don't believe I do but it came to a head last year (for me) as my match, which was the 12th scheduled match was moved ahead by 3hrs and I was told it was because I'm a slow player. It was done by a guy who had a 7pm match in a pro-am, best of 9 and at 3:30am Cliff took apart his cue and left the venue. He is regarded as a very good safety player and is an ex-pro.

    I felt this was really unfair as I missed the match and gave a walk-over to my opponent since at 11:30pm there were no matches posted on the website and my match ended up starting at 10am. Even worse, I was entered in the Seniors section and was told the draw wouldn't be until the next day and when I got home they had called and told my wife I was supposed to play that afternoon but I live 2hrs away from the venue.

    These two things are part of the reason I quit playing although I tell everyone here it's due to health. I think everyone should be treated the same no matter what the problems.
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    I'm a very fast player and get easily put off by slow players and constant safety when there are opportunities to pot balls.
    Good example was a match where the bloke potted a long red and got a perfect 3/4 ish angle on the brown to go back down for the reds but he clipped the brown the other side to leave me on the baulk cushion putting the brown safe.

    It took a couple of minutes for that to sink in, anyone would think his life was on the line, jeez it's only a game.

    On the other hand I played an inter town match away to Exeter and thrashed a bloke with a couple of very quick 40+ breaks, well he did let me in both times, and he refused to shake my hand as he believed I was taking the mickey out of him by playing so fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmax View Post
    I'm a very fast player and get easily put off by slow players and constant safety when there are opportunities to pot balls.
    Good example was a match where the bloke potted a long red and got a perfect 3/4 ish angle on the brown to go back down for the reds but he clipped the brown the other side to leave me on the baulk cushion putting the brown safe.

    It took a couple of minutes for that to sink in, anyone would think his life was on the line, jeez it's only a game.

    On the other hand I played an inter town match away to Exeter and thrashed a bloke with a couple of very quick 40+ breaks, well he did let me in both times, and he refused to shake my hand as he believed I was taking the mickey out of him by playing so fast.
    good going that Vmax two 40+ in a single frame!
    Reminds me of the time I played Rob Milkins! I thought he was taking the mickie with his one feather and hit technique until I saw him on Eurosport a few days later
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomwalker147 View Post
    Does anybody else LOVE playing these people with a gameplan? I actually struggle more against quick players as I find I try to match their speed and it throws my game off.

    To combat slow players between shots I;
    -study my tip (I don't know why)
    -lightly clean my cue with my towel
    -have a sip of my drink (in this case don't drink alcohol or you'll get through a lot)
    -Play more safety/beat them at their own game and wait for them to mess up. Trust me if his gameplan is to frustrate you, beating him at his own game will be doubly frustrating.
    Yes Tom, I remember once playing a guy and having weighed him up after a few shots, I thought right I'm not playing your game and I smashed the reds up.

    I'll never forget the look I got from him and a couple of his team. It was a "that's disrespectful you assume he can't play" ! Type look.

    In my book people who are unlikely to make 20 when in amongst the balls are playing to their advantage when playing slow and tucking you up rather than attempting a pot on. I was playing to my advantages by opening the reds knowing I could get a good lead. So we were both playing to our advantages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue crafty View Post
    Yes Tom, I remember once playing a guy and having weighed him up after a few shots, I thought right I'm not playing your game and I smashed the reds up.

    I'll never forget the look I got from him and a couple of his team. It was a "that's disrespectful you assume he can't play" ! Type look.

    In my book people who are unlikely to make 20 when in amongst the balls are playing to their advantage when playing slow and tucking you up rather than attempting a pot on. I was playing to my advantages by opening the reds knowing I could get a good lead. So we were both playing to our advantages.
    haha cue crafty, I did it in a handicap comp this year from the break. I was giving 16 away and he knocked in a 40, I still won the frame but remember thinking my plan had backfired
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    Thats a good steal Tom, must have felt great! I had a 43 clearance from the last two reds the other day against a league player, it felt better than a 70 ever could in practice. That's why we put some practice in though eh, to help us belive we can take opportunities when they arrive.
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    LOL! Every club has one and has always done. When I was in my early teens I played at the Social Club in Craven Arms. There was a nice older guy (late 60s at the time) called Howard. He took an age with every shot, both to consider his shot and then to take it. It drove us all nuts but out of respect no-one ever said anything except for one guy who was slightly mad and regularly smashed his cues to bits whenever he lost a match.
    The only thing to do is relax. You already know how the guy plays so you should be well prepared for it beforehand. I use to like playing Howard. He was a good player and I learnt from him. The main problem with him was when I'd chalked my name on the board to get a game on a table and then realised he was ahead of me in the queue. I generally looked to play on one of the other two tables at that point as the club closed at 10.45pm.

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    I ended up playing my first match last night against the said slow player. I beat him 2-0 quite comfortably. I did bring my headphones but didn't need them as i remained calm and just watched the matches on the tables nearby.

    First frame he broke off and I potted a long red with 3 blacks and tucked him in behind green after having no pot. This was key as it put pressure on him immediately. I could have won the frame at the end thru potting the last red but missed it and he started his negative safety which put me off a bit as the frame was prolonged by 15 mins of safety.

    2nd frame I won quite comfortably as I was 4/5 for long pots to get in overall.

    Key points - Stay comfortable. Don't watch the opponent think, or follow his routine - only when hes down on the shot to see what happens. Don't try to pot low percentage shots and leave an easy pot/easy safety, Instead play a really good safety. Finish it off! Try not to enter a safety battle if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arsalanjami View Post
    I ended up playing my first match last night against the said slow player. I beat him 2-0 quite comfortably. I did bring my headphones but didn't need them as i remained calm and just watched the matches on the tables nearby.

    First frame he broke off and I potted a long red with 3 blacks and tucked him in behind green after having no pot. This was key as it put pressure on him immediately. I could have won the frame at the end thru potting the last red but missed it and he started his negative safety which put me off a bit as the frame was prolonged by 15 mins of safety.

    2nd frame I won quite comfortably as I was 4/5 for long pots to get in overall.

    Key points - Stay comfortable. Don't watch the opponent think, or follow his routine - only when hes down on the shot to see what happens. Don't try to pot low percentage shots and leave an easy pot/easy safety, Instead play a really good safety. Finish it off! Try not to enter a safety battle if possible.
    Well done - its a lot easier with a gameplan!
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    Yup - mental preparation

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