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By Jeanette Lee
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December: Women & Straight Runs
December 2016

Q: Why donít women have the same high runs in straight pool that the men have? Straight pool is the one game in which power is actually more of a detriment than it is an advantage.

Martin Zadravec, Chevy Chase, Md

A: I think that if we had a lucrative straight pool tour, it wouldnít take long before the top women were running centuries. I truly believe I would have run over 200 balls years ago if I had been playing the game more. Iíve always played straight pool for the love of the game, but, with my busy schedule, I always practiced 9-ball for the upcoming tournaments rather than just playing straight pool. Straight pool is still my favorite game. It rarely requires power, which has always been the biggest differentiator between men and women in the other games. The men also always had stiffer competition. Some of us run balls like the men do, we just donít run as many balls. I do believe that if you took the top five men and top five women players who have never played straight pool, threw them in a box and taught them the rules, I wouldnít be surprised to see us compete fairly evenly.