Suffolk 4-Pin Open 2014 Aug 20, 2013 23:44:06 GMT
Post by gandalf the untidy on Aug 20, 2013 23:44:06 GMT
Replying to your points 1) The red ball must always be "in play" at all times when available, otherwise why have a red ball? 2) Check Sudbury & District website "Table Rules" it clearly states "The spot for the red ball for the break shall be exactly halfway between the rim of the 200 hole closest to the baulk line, and the baulk line" as far as we are concerned its always been where you are suggesting. 3) Having only played 4 Pin League for 31 years I've never come across "a double break" and don't understand what you mean? and how does your suggestion make a fairer game?
Hi Chris, glad to see a response from you, i suppose as its my first season down south in Eastbourne after playing 3 pin for 35 years
( i know i dont look old enough) but playing a new version of the game with new eyes and no preconceptions, we have had to learn a new approach
to break building and believe rightly or wrongly that the 4 pin game can move quite slowly when awaiting the return of the red if
rolling round some whippy pockets. Obviously in 3 pin any ball can be used exceping the break shot and the red is used thoughfully to maximise
break building opportunities. So this could still be the case in 4 pin. being newbies we have no idea of the original reason for this rule,
perhaps it has always been so, the questionfor us is "would the game benefit from this change" and all we would wish other leagues to do is
discuss it,I have no axe to grind and have no intention of getting any backs up and hope that you would take this topic for discussion as intended
the red spot position has been discussed before, it was bought about by noting the sudbury foul shot rule saying that the D is part of the bulk line
and therefore we interpereted the red spot position with this in mind, we have decided that it is inappropriate to change this rule mid season
and will be falling into line at next seasons summer 4 pin league.
The double break basically give players in singles matches (we dont play team games in Eastbourne as we are only a small league) an equal opportunity with the break shot
though as we are still learners at the moment, having the break seems a disadvantage, but as we get more proficient this should not be the case, probably
the home team has such an advantage they should not have the break at all, but getting back to the main point, good players should be able to get well ahead of their
opponent having the advantage of the break and allowing the opponent the same opportunity seems the way to go.
So i hope this explains the way we in Eastbourne are thinking as newcommers to 4 pin
anyway best regs cs