I like Hendys option of making the 4 and clear out pocket . What's wrong with that. The 11 will be gone and its 5 to 0. What am I missing?
Billy I. just answered in post #40 why the 11 ball is the correct shot. Let me expand. The 4 ball is your ball period, he isn't taking it out so you are going to get that ball whether he makes it or you do. If you make the 4 ball just to break up to 2 ball cluster all you have done is open up the 2 balls because the 4 was yours anyways. After you and John want to bank the 10 ball into the 3 BALLS by your opponents pocket clearing the ENTIRE pocket... REALLY? Its that easy? I wish i could just fire a bank into a 3 ball cluster and be sure one of those balls isn't going to come cross table to my side for an easy bank for your opponent. Once you 2 rail the 11 ball as Billy said now your opponent has to guard against leaving you the 4 OR the easy 6 ball bank.. Really hard to guard against both.
I always say play the score and yeah when you can get up 4 to 0 and send balls up table that "usually" what you want to do. HOWEVER when the balls favor you and a shot like the 2 railer on the 11 ball comes up and it is going to TOTALLY put you in a huge table advantage you shoot it