Tom, that is a brilliant post. I'm not about to try to argue with it, of course. But here is my problem. I have been participating in the WWYDs for years now and have not gotten a single breath of air during that time. WHEN does the old 9 baller in me get to pull the trigger on anything? Sometimes even an old frog just has to jump.At the risk of beating a dead horse I will say again, hoping that some of it will sink in to those who are willing to take the one or two balls this situation may offer up by first shooting in the fifteen ball instead of using it to continue the trap this ball provides.
Here is a ball that can be the key to winning this game. Think of it like a master key if you will which can only be used once. Apply it to the proper lock and the game can be yours. Apply it to the wrong lock and find yourself in a battle which can last into late innings.
How many times might you be willing to take an intentional foul to either trap your opponent or survive to fight for another inning when he has you in a trap? The value of one or two balls at this stage of the game is irrelevant to the value of superior position. Well here is a ball that lays within your golden triangle. This triangle is the area where you wish to lay one or two balls while also hiding the rock. Why would any of you wish to surrender this valuable asset for one or possibly two balls, then be forced to play a safety that has zero trapping possibilities?
If you begin to think of that fifteen ball, and even the thirteen as your soldiers in a big battle, you will begin to understand how valuable those two balls are to your success in the battle. You have two soldiers in ideal locations which can cause your enemy great harm. Do you wish to sacrifice them for the token benefit of scoring them now when they have the potential to win this battle if you just wait an inning or two while the rest of your army can get into position?
In hindsight, I will add one more thing. Your opponent has a golden triangle too. It looks just like yours, and it can be just as effective when he has a ball within its zone. In this case, moving the one ball from your opponent's triangle into yours while still covering the cue ball is worth it's weigh in gold.