How to Use
- Using the links in the middle at the top of the Competition list, add your typical opponents and venues that you play at. You can always add or edit these later, but it makes it easier and faster if you already have them entered.
- Use the add button at the top of the Competition list to add your achievements, tournament results, and informal competition. Note in the form view that you can insert groups using the "+" icon to enter additional set or game information (see below for more info). Note that you do not need to fill in all the fields; just put in whatever information you have or want to. You can always add/edit/remove anything later.
- If you want to view, edit, or delete a record, click the checkbox in the list view for that row and select the action you desire.
- Once you have some records, the real fun begins! Use the filter button at the top of the Competition list to analyze the data. For example, select "8-ball" from the Table dropdown to find out your overall game and match win %.
Recording Scores & Wins
For MyPoolStats to provide accurate statistics, you must enter your scores and wins in a consistent manner. Here is a recommended approach, some examples, and the reasoning behind why it is done this way.
For games like 8-ball, 9-ball, or 10-ball: enter a set score in each group.
For games like straight pool, 1-pocket, or banks: enter a game score in each group.
Enter scores without a handicap.
Enter win or loss for the game or set as appropriate.
Example #1: You are playing 8-ball races to 5 with no handicap. You win 5-2, loose 4-5, and then win 5-4. To add this, you first add a record in your list. For the Bout Info, enter 5 for "Your Score", 2 for "Opponent Score", and Yes for "Win?". Add a group for each additional set.
Example #2: You are playing straight pool to 125 with no handicap. You win 125-98, loose 50-125, and then win 125-120. Each game goes in its own group.
Example #3: You are playing 10-ball, getting spotted one game in a race to 5. You win 5-4. Record 4-4 as the score and "yes" for the win. In the note field, record the handicap something like "getting 1 game."
So, why is this the recommended approach? To summarize, these guidelines allow you to get accurate and useful statistics with a minimum of overhead on what you need to enter.
Regarding the different methods for recording games: basically, we just want to break the score down to the lowest common denominator. For "short" games like 8-ball, the final ball score is really irrelevant. The win or loss for the game is all that matters. For "longer" games like 1-pocket, the possibility for a break and run is much less common. Here the final ball score can actually provide more information than just keeping track of wins and losses.
Getting good statistics when handicaps are involved is really complicated for a host of reasons. The recommended approach will give you game/ball statistics based on straight-up play and win % with the handicap included. That is useful because you can estimate very reliably what a fair handicap would be and then track your actual win %.
One final note regarding handicaps. Some of you may be wondering how to handle "the 7 ball out" or the "wild balls" in 9-ball. Unfortunately, MyPoolStats cannot reliably adjust for these types of handicaps. Just record what you are doing in the note field and keep it in mind as you are reviewing the statistics.