What's a single ball potter anyway?
someone who pots one ball and then misses or plays safe the next?
If that's so, then I'm up there as the best
As most of you will know, I rarely venture over to this side of the Island. I don't have any valid opinions on modern professionals as I rarely get much opportunity to watch the game these days though I play fairly often.
It does seem to me that Andre asked this question but no one has really been able to answer exactly what Stephen Hendry may have meant when he used the "single ball potter" phrase. While I have no valid opinion in the poll question, I believe I can answer what is meant by "single ball potter" because it is a phrase that I use quite often myself.
To explain, in my little club, trying to put my ego aside, I think I can objectively say that I am either the best overall player or at least most certainly one of the best players on any given day (understanding that at such a low level of play, on any given day, any player may win a match against any other player). I think that history shows that I consistently have likely the highest win to loss ratio of our club members.
However, I do consider myself to be one of the worst actual potters in the club. And I describe that stat in the same way as "single ball potting". So the meaning of the phrase at least the way that I use it means to imagine that you put ANY object ball into ANY pottable position, easy or difficult, and also place the cue ball anywhere such that it is possible to pot that ball. Now pit two players against each other to play that exact shot. Which of the two will more consistently pot the ball? Forget the frame score, forget match score, forget everything else.....simply place two players in the same position to pot a ball and which of those two will do it with more consistency, more bottle under pressure.
In our club, I am about the least likely to pot that ball. But I am probably the best overall player because I am by a distance the best positional player so that when I do manage to pot a first ball, there are generally at least several scoring balls for a decent break score because I place the White for quite simple pots to follow. And I can also lay a very safe White ball when necessary. My opponent is most often "one and done". True fact: I once won a frame (on the blue ball no less) despite the fact that I only potted 3 of the fifteen reds. THREE REDS! I am not proud of this tidbit as it speaks to a very low standard of play in general but it is true none the less.