(S&D) Safety & Defense – Personalities: The Serene-iac Player

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(This is today’s bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)

This is an invented word used to describe a rare type of pool player. Nothing shakes a serene-iac. You could throw him 20 consecutive difficult shots and he plays the table to his best advantage and with the same calm demeanor from the first to the last.

He has just as much fun losing as winning. He never brags himself up. He is confident in his skills and table knowledge. He’ll even take time to offer help, and with good intentions. You never see this type of player attempt any kind of shark.

You won’t be able to shake his poise. He is just as happy to engage in safety battles as you are to offer them up. He won’t take offense of anything. He rarely plays a safety – not because he doesn’t know how – but because he likes to try imaginative shots. He is so nice that you almost feel ashamed to use a safety against him.

To beat this type of player, you MUST play your best offensive and defensive game. Put extra effort into your table analysis. To improve your focus, treat every shot as if it was the last shot you would get – if you made a mistake.

 

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