Fives Reasons Online PRs Are Lower than Live PRs
Posted By: David Rockwell In Response To: Fives Reasons Online PRs Are Lower than Live PRs (Matt Cohn-Geier)
Date: Thursday, 13 February 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
In Response To: Fives Reasons Online PRs Are Lower than Live PRs (Matt Cohn-Geier)
The biggest factor in your PR is how well you understand the game. I agree with this. However, I feel there is another factor which is material which has not been discussed. That is observation. I know that when my opponent has a lot of numbers which make a point, I need to consider slotting or a tempo hit. This is within my knowledge of the game. I don't turn this knowledge on and off from match to match. But, there will be times when I fail to observe how many rolls my opponent has which make a point. And, I may respond by playing something like 62 (13-5) adding a spare to a point while missing the correct tempo hit. Perhaps this doesn't happen to you or perhaps it doesn't happen often. If so, that is to your credit. It happens to other people including me. And the effect this has on PR can be large. Besides differences experienced in the moment related to distractions or whatever, poor observation can result from taking a break from the game. I know that if I go a week without playing, I feel very rusty. I have seen people compare PR from a period when a player was at his peak with PR from a period when the player was relatively inactive. I maintain that reduced levels of observation are going to cause some measureable difference in these numbers.
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