Missy’s Pool Mentalities. ~ Missy Moran Capestrain

Pool related conflicts are really quite easy to avoid with only a bit of knowledge and understanding.

How many times have you heard that somebody does not want to play those really good players because they don’t have a chance, and would only be donating? Or on the flip side, s/he should want to play me/us — the better players — to make their game better? For ease of understanding levels of play, players will be divided into one of three different divisions — upper, middle, and lower.

Lower division players are those who are new to the sport: beginners. Their skill level has only just begun to be developed. It is very early in establishing a level of play. At this point players have not established themselves in the pool world.

Being mostly self-taught, they have not learned English; they have not learned patterns, nor are they familiar with safety play (for the most part.) Games are often a series of shot making or attempting shots as well as leaving opponents badly, as a pattern play and execution has not been learned.

Most here have not taken lessons, do not practice drills, and may never intend to do either. League night is recreation. It is a chance for a night out with the guys, their girlfriends, to have a few beers, hit some balls, and maybe even win a few games. They are the beginners, the newbies of pool. They have fun on league night.

The middle level players are probably much more competitive, have more of a skill set, and want to win. Sure, they want to have a few beers and have fun on pool night, and win some games. Their ability is generally a good bit higher than that of the lower level players. Most middle players have their own cues, have had some instruction, have or are working on their game, and want to win.

They are appreciative when given help, especially by a very good player, but only when they ask for help and not when approached out of the blue, being told about all of the mistakes they made. Advice is welcomed if the player has asked for it.