with no support for why what we are doing currently makes any sense.
In consideration of one pocket as "the chess game of pool," we shouldn't overlook the fact that critical decisions are often involved in deciding when to tap, re-tap, or shoot away. These are just some of the decisions that complicate the game to make superior judgment a stronger adversary of pocketing skill.
When I play a weaker player (almost never :frus ) if I take an intentional I'm hoping he doesn't tap back. If he doesn't, I almost always end in better shape than I was before my intentional. (I even see better players make this mistake at times.)