Feb 19, 2023 -- 2:27PM, peckerdunne wrote:
I've loved the milkmans talent for many a year but there's only one reason he is thriving now.TOLERANCE.
Totally disagree, on the Milman, Peck. He might have been helped by the tables, but he 100% has a belief now that he never had before. I remember starting a thread about him a good few years back where I said he played like he wanted to lose (not for financial gain, but like an addicted gambler), just for that "see, I was right, I'm rubbish! moment. Listen to his interviews since winning Gib. He's like a completely different man. That's mindset. His scoring is rubbish, BTW, but he is currently winning an insane amount of frames for how well he scores.
Feb 19, 2023 -- 5:31PM, gjohn101 wrote:
Pockets are a factor for definite. They simply cannot be. I would say pocket receptiveness to be more technically accurate as it may well be that the size remains standard but, for various reasons, balls will drop more easily. For me, the biggest development is in the cloth, that's where the modern player has the most critical advantage. Faster tables, springier cushions, packs split more easily and cue ball can be manoevred around table with minimal effort. Goes without saying, not having to strike the white as hard to get desired result will lessen the risk of missing the pot. Cue power still a useful weapon but you only have to look at the current form and achievements of the pistol to see how a player can happily do without.
Agree with all of this, mate. The main reason that pots don't drop on these tables (even now) is pace, so it does make total sense that if you can get away without hitting it too hard, you will see benefits.
Feb 21, 2023 -- 7:16AM, peckerdunne wrote:
Thanks lat, if you agree with John and we do, that's where the mindset of confidence has derived.It's only been 25 years, so something has indeed changed.
I'm not entirely sure it is, mate. Prior to Sunday, Milkman's scoring was no better this season (it was exactly the same) than it was in his previous peak year (on my numbers) of 2015/16. In terms of scoring rank, he's actually dropped from #55 in 2017/18 to #61 today. Instead of now beating himself up when things go wrong, he is dealing with his emotions far better and playing much better shots afterwards.
Feb 21, 2023 -- 10:30AM, stu wrote:
The historical comparison is what would a prime Hendry be like on these current tables...might be a frightening thought I reckon.Even a prime Jimmy White would poss be knocking some heavy stats in...?
Jimmy's down to 3.65 frames per 50 break this season, which is his best on my numbers (previous best - 2016/17 - he was at 4.47 frames).
Unquestionably the numbers he and Hendry would have been posting would have been very different!