i’m sure we’ve all seen this: a pool player, after 20+ years of shooting pool, remains exactly at the same level as he/she was 20 years ago. there is literally zero improvement in this person’s game.
my previous post talks about my struggle against the player i call ufo. there’s another player i’ll call guppy. he’s another regular at my favorite PH. aside from the garish outfits he favors, there’s little substance to guppy’s game. granted, guppy’s been around for a LONG time. he participates in occasional action, and enjoys a tournament every now and then. however, for as long as i’ve seen guppy play, i’ve not seen any improvement in his game. he plays EXACTLY the same as he did years ago, when i first watched him play. it’s really none of my business, but i find it frustrating to watch. i don’t know if it’s a talent thing or a hardheaded thing, but i’m baffled that a shooter can play pool for 20+ years and show zero improvement. this is the same thing that frustrates me about ufo’s game: sameness. what gives?
i hesitate to say it’s a talent thing, since ufo and guppy are both capable of hitting good shots. it’s just that they both have no clue as far as the cueball is concerned, and they don’t seem too interested in learning the cueball. it may be hardheadedness. it may be that they don’t really care about the game; pool may only be the vehicle for them to pose, a means for self-aggrandizement. if that’s true, why would anyone wish to engage in such pointless fantasy? if i can’t shoot, i sure don’t want to pretend that i can. what’s the point? people aren’t stupid; they know if you’re full of s~* or not, especially on a pool table. what you can or cannot do become painfully apparent the minute you start hitting balls. pool is just one of those games; if you can’t do it, you cannot pretend that you can play. you cannot try to bluff someone and hope you can pull off that bluff. either you can run out, or you’ll screw up and sell out. there’s really no in between.
when i play folks who have not improved in 10, 20 years, i get really bored. the game becomes pointless, because their stagnancy make the game pointless. sorry to sound harsh, but it is what it is.
it’s a bit oxymoronic when a player with no interest in improving asks me if i want to “practice”. practice implies improvement and learning. there’s no practice against someone who doesn’t learn, or doesn’t want to learn, anything new.
of course, if that’s what makes them happy, then by all means. not being overly critical, it’s just hard for me to watch. oh, if you remember ck from my very very first post, well, he still shoots exactly the same, six months later. with the same amount of cussing and inconsiderateness. 🙄 sigh.