Nevertheless, I do wonder what the level of Joe Davis' play was, compared to say, the 1980's.
Joe spent the 1930's developing snooker into the game as we know it. The technique and break building strategy was pretty much invented by him and hasn't changed very much since. Maybe, where the game has changed is more to do with the conditions (faster cloths, lighter balls, undercut pockets etc...), than the actual exponents themselves.
It is probably fair to say, Joe played his best snooker AFTER he'd retired from the World Championship play. Certainly his century strike rate would support that. He made 687 career centuries in public play, but reached the 200 mark during the 1946 WC final, meaning that he made a further 487 between then and his retirement in 1963. We should make allowance for the fact that he played predominantly billiards until 1934, when he lost the billiards title to Walter Lindrum and promptly turned his attentions to Snooker.
I have drew up a comparison between Joe's 1946 World Championship Final break building form and a combined record from Steve Davis' EIGHT World Championship finals between 1981 and 1989. Here are the results...
Frames: P 145, W 78, L67
Breaks between 50 and 69 = 19
Breaks between 70 and 99 = 11
Century breaks = 6
So, Joe made a 50 break every 4 frames; a 70 break every 8½ frames; a century break every 24 frames.
Frames: P 235, W 137, L98
Breaks between 50 and 69 = 43
Breaks between 70 and 99 = 16
Century breaks = 9
So, Steve made a 50 break every 3½ frames; a 70 break every 9½ frames; a century break every 26 frames.
Interesting, or what!
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