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October: Highest Run
Oct 2015

Q: What is your high run in straight pool? And why do all the older players insist that straight pool is the key to playing all games well?

Dan Hussey, Hinsdale, IL

A: My long run in straight pool is 152. I dreamed that it would be a lot longer if I played more, but the pro tour has always been 9-ball. I would agree that straight pool is the perfect combination of shot-making, strategic thinking, cue ball control and focus. The only area in which straight pool does not prepare you for other games is the break shot. In straight pool, hitting any ball with that type of speed is unnecessary. In every other area, straight pool is the best game. There is very little thinking in 9-ball. Also, you generally try to avoid touching other balls, so 9-ball players get little experience in knowing how to glance the cue ball off of other balls. In general, there is a larger area for cue ball position in 9-ball. In straight pool, you have to be more exact with cue ball control in order to pull off high runs. Certainly, older players have a lot more experience playing straight pool. Straight pool still is, and probably always will be, my favorite game.