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Oct: Straight Pool & Women
October 2014

Q: I saw that you played in the World 14.1 Championship in New York. Since straight pool does not rely on power, why do you think women players don't seem to be able to compete with the top men players?

Joey T., Dubuque, Ia.

A: Straight pool is still my favorite game. I agree, it doesn't rely on power. To start, I don't want to make excuses, but simply state factors that I think play a role. Not many women in the U.S. play straight pool. (Also, the sheer numbers show that far fewer women play pool in general.) Another factor is that I love straight pool, but even I can't devote much time to it. When I have time to practice, it makes sense that I practice 9-ball, because that's the discipline we play most often. So, for women who don't love straight pool, what chance do they have? There are still a few of us who can compete with the men in straight pool, but we rarely play. If there was a lot of money in it, it wouldn't be long before women made practicing straight pool a priority, and we would have a more level playing field. It's too bad, because it is a beautiful game.


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