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November: Table Manners
November 2012
Q: Two questions: 1) Whatís your stance on players having a couple of drinks during a match? 2) How do you feel about players using headphones?
David T.; Fairfax, Va.

A: Billiards is fun, whether or not youíve had a few cocktails. I think if you are in a social setting, it doesnít matter much. For professional play, I donít feel itís appropriate. For league play, again, itís a social setting, so I donít think drinking before or during a match is enough to hurt anyone. Of course, having more than that can be a bit sticky. Playing by yourself or with friends is one thing. When youíre playing with others in a league, you want to make sure you conduct yourself in a manner thatís respectful, and if having too many drinks may cause you to act otherwise, then Iíd say you should try to control that. The same goes for earphones. Many serious players use them to minimize distractions. I think this is fine if youíre practicing alone. For competitive matches, itís important to be able to hear your opponent call push-outs, ask questions, etc. Itís just my opinion, but I think they shouldnít be allowed.


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