vodkadiet wrote:Ivo Karlovic has hit 12,862 aces thus far in his career. There's your genius....
More comparable to long pots.
I'd be interested to know how many long pots snooker players have potted in their careers
When someone was comparing long pot percentage for top players on a certain tourney thread (can't remember which), I said that it's not that relevant, since it depends on how many long pots a player takes on.
An aggressive player that goes for many shots (like Trump, Murphy) might have a smaller long pot stat than a defensive/percentage player like Hawkins. That doesn't mean that Hawkins is the better long potter.
You also have to factor in the type of long pots a player takes on. It's one thing when u just have to make the ball an u have a natural line back to baulk, meaning a 2 way shot, with safety in mind if u miss, it's a totally different story when u have to hit the ball hard or u have to use side in order to avoid traffic.
Same thing applies here. Also, the players who probably have the highest number of long pots ought to have had a long career. Again that doesn't make them better long potter. A young player like Yan Bingtao might be a better long potter than someone like Doherty, but I doubt he has potted more long balls, since he's only been playing for a few years.
If I were to take a guess, I'd say Ronnie has the highest number of long pots, and I have a few arguments to back up the claim:
1. he's now entered his 27th season as a pro.
2. he's an attacking player, so he has taken on many pots.
3. he's very good, so he has made a lot of the balls he's taken on.
4. he's had amazing longevity, so he's been playing for a very long time at the top of the game.
5. he's been reaching the latter stages of the tourneys very often, so he's had the chance to go for more shots.