Originally Posted by AllForIt
Yes, exactly. You can still snooker but you'd have to hit a cushion with the white first which would be a more difficult shot than a simple roll up.
Edit: Joe points out below that hitting off a cushion first isn't valid either. The white has to hit a cushion after it has struck your object ball, not before.
Yes in the current couple of pups I play in all the players are quite good and would never play a snooker unless it really was the only option, if there was no pot on or chance of a double. In other venues I've played in in the past where there were more random players some would just snooker you to death to win cause they weren't capable potters, so those types are screwed with new rules.
It's 20 years since I used to play a bit so things have obviously changed quite a lot. When we played competitions games could be quite chess like in that having a good safety game was seen as an equally important skill to an ability to pot so games could take some time as the players played a bit of cat and mouse with each other. If a pot wasn't on or you wanted to develop a ball into a more playable position you could opt to snooker your opponent in order to win two shots which, assuming you were playing the "carry" rule generally meant you should have a decent chance of finishing the game.
I guess the changes are encouraged to distinguish pool as primarily a rapid fire potting and positioning game which is as unrelated to snooker as possible.
I think I'd miss the old drawn out crafty style games though, particularly with auld lads who may not have the potting skills any more but were often demons at safety having grown up playing billards and could grind you down until out of frustration you played a stupid shot giving them two shots and the game!!
So under the new rules if I have a straight red into the corner and the natural shot to play is to stun the white so it lines up the final red into the other corner I can no longer play that and instead have to somehow manoeuvre the white to hit off a cushion after striking the first red into the pocket?
It could take decades for these new rules to be accepted and implemented down the country where I still on occasion when visiting family come across the head wrecking rules KERSPLAT mentioned earlier where you can't play back table on the black, have only one shot on the black if the opponent fouls or even if he deliberately fouls and no free ball etc. IMO those rules are designed purely to make it possible for rubbish players to fluke or cheat a win. Mini rant over!!