Thursday, June 17, 2010

Listen to Recommendations

I was told by two or three friends that the straight pool DVD match between Dick Lane and Johnny Archer from the 1992 U.S. Open 14.1 Tourney in New York, commentated by Dick Lane and Pat Fleming was a VERY good match to watch. They told me Dick Lane commentated very well, not only about straight pool but also about 9ball during the game.

I am REALLY loving my goal this year to watch at least one video/DVD a month. I am not sure why I didn't do this before, because it has been VERY helpful and enlightening; NOT to simply fulfill the goal, but because of all the learning!

In May I re-watched the John Schmidt DVD running 164 when he is mic'd up that I LOVE, but it wasn't a new video I watched that month. :( This month I made up for it by inserting the Archer/Lane DVD one evening in early June!

Well, I was not disappointed! My goodness that is a GREAT match with awesome commentating! My friends were right, Dick is a great commentator! I really enjoyed his pointers and tidbits about straight pool and 9ball. I liked the DVD SO much!

I happened to look over Johnny's recap article I wrote for his website back from the 2000 U.S. OPEN 14.1 Straight-Pool event and he had this to say about Dick Lane: "He impressed me a lot again in this tournament - I like watching him play because he doesn't make many mistakes."

In the DVD, Dick's high run is 81 and Johnny's is 74. The match stays close and the final score is 150-121 (good match, right?!), but I wont tell you who wins in case you are lucky enough to see this informative match for yourself!

Photo Copyright and Melinda Bailey

4 comments: said...

Just discovered your blog and am enjoying reading it. I have just started playing some straight pool (not competitively though) and am very interested in the DVDs you mention. Sounds like they would be a great help. Just wondering where one finds DVDs like this?

Melinda said...

Thank you for the comments on my blog - glad you are enjoying it!

The matches on DVD can be bought at They have a ton!

The John Schmidt DVDs can be bought through Just send Dennis an email and which one you want. He handles all the John Schmidt DVDs for John. said...

Thanks for the info. One other question: if you had to pick one of the commentated 14.1 DVDs, is there one in particular that you'd recommend as a good one to start with that offers the most insight/learning opportunities?


Melinda said...

I would say the John Schmidt DVD where he runs 164 when he is mic'd up. He comments AS he is shooting. It's been the most enlightening/helpful one. After that one, all the others make more sense. Here is my review of it. Good luck! Let me know how it's going.