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  • What is a "telling safety shot"

    Could somebody explain to me exactly what a telling safety shot is. What differentiates a safety shot from a telling one and what is it telling me?

  • #2
    My thinking is that a telling safety is where you play a safety where the opponent has one shot that you left them, where when they play it it gives you a simple pot on
    Up the TSF!

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    • #3
      It's basically a really good safety shot that is likely to gain a big advantage to the player who laid it.

      Like when 3 snookers are required for example. Top players can get out of basic snookers all day. It usually takes something special to win from this position.

      A 'telling' safety shot, might leave the cue ball touching a colour at an awkward angle and the object ball in the middle of the table. Much more likely to leave a pot on even if they get out of the snooker.

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      • #4
        Thank you both for your explanations. I do understand what you're getting at but I think the term is used misleadingly. The shot is not "telling" anybody anything. As you say, it's just a good safety shot. I would say that selecting a safety shot over an attacking pot might be "telling" of a player's confidence level or current form but the way the term is used iby commentaters is nonsensical and isleading.

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        • #5
          More than just a good safety shot but one that leaves the opponent what you want then to go for that will give you a chance of a pot.
          Up the TSF!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Exnihilo View Post
            Thank you both for your explanations. I do understand what you're getting at but I think the term is used misleadingly. The shot is not "telling" anybody anything. As you say, it's just a good safety shot. I would say that selecting a safety shot over an attacking pot might be "telling" of a player's confidence level or current form but the way the term is used iby commentaters is nonsensical and isleading.
            A 'telling safety shot' is one that leaves very few options and all those options are very difficult, so I'm telling him he's in trouble and needs to get the next shot right or I'm in and the commentater is telling the viewers the same thing, so not nonsensical or misleading unless you have little understanding of metaphor or similie and take the english language literally in every sense.
            Poetic license is the essence of descriptive commentary and separates the good ones from the bad ones which is the difference between Darren Morgan and Alan McManus.
            Speak up, you've got to speak up against the madness, you've got speak your mind if you dare
            but don't try to get yourself elected, for if you do you'll have to cut your hair

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Exnihilo View Post
              Thank you both for your explanations. I do understand what you're getting at but I think the term is used misleadingly. The shot is not "telling" anybody anything. As you say, it's just a good safety shot. I would say that selecting a safety shot over an attacking pot might be "telling" of a player's confidence level or current form but the way the term is used iby commentaters is nonsensical and isleading.
              I think you've definitely managed to make something "Out of nothing" there.....
              No cheap shots...well maybe the odd one if its funny...

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              • #8
                I understand the explanations given. All you needed to say vmax, was that it was a metaphoric expression and I would have also understood that. There was no need to allude to lack of intelligence on my part. It's personal and just rude. Metaphoric expressions by their very nature are not always self evident.

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