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Hey, Pool Sharks!

Not the JAWS kind of shark—I’m talking about individuals who are unbeatable at the game of Billiards or Pool. We learned in a previous Blog post that, like Table Tennis, Pool originated from a popular lawn game called Billiards which was very similar to Croquet. The game was moved indoors and shrunk down to a wooden table with a green cloth to simulate the lawn.

A unique sport, Pool is great at helping us grow in terms of expanding your patience and focus and increasing your natural understanding of geometric angles, dimension, and basic laws of physics. It’s also beneficial in building up your confidence as you develop your skills of the game…making your shots feels really good. Getting better at pool will build your confidence on and off the table.

True masters at the game of Pool are capable of some stunningly impressive shots that range from awesome to unbelievable. Let’s take a look a few of the most notable pool records currently held:

Fastest in the West
Some people are more skilled than others. Any idea how long it might take you to put all the balls in the pockets? In the fall of 2002, Dave Pearson from the UK drained two consecutive tables of 15 pool balls in 1 min 22 sec.

Some players are so good they never miss (or very rarely, anyway). Just several years back in 2019, an American pool player named John Schmidt defeated the longstanding record run of 526 balls pocketed without a miss. It belonged to one of the most famous players of all, Willie Mosconi, for the past 65 years. John Schmidt surpassed Mosconi’s record by a hundred balls exactly, setting the new record of 626 balls sank without a miss. 

The Rocketman
Though, I’m unfamiliar with the game, Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan from England performed an astonishing game of Snooker in 1997, clearing the table in record time: 5 minutes and 20 seconds. Whether you understand the rules or not, watch this video and prepare to be astonished for the next five minutes.

If you have access to a pool table, I highly recommended trying your hand at this classic sport. Who knows?! Maybe you’ll break a record! Have a great time! As always, thanks for reading and happy camping!


- John


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