"How good am I?" Hmm. THAT is a loaded question. How about "how good do I think I am?", "how good did I used to be?", or maybe "how good am I capable of being?"
In my younger days I believed myself to be king of the game. I was gambling with my fellow Marines and making good money.
Now that I'm older I realize that I was a big fish in a very small pond. I would wipe the floor playing against my old self. I couldn't draw consistently. My position play used to suck so I was a shot maker. I was young an foolish, but who hasn't been there.
I play a fairly consistent game but in these last few years my eyes are starting to fail me. I plan to go get them checked soon and hope that it will put me back in the groove. I work on computers all day long and rolling over the odometer to 40 has left my eyes sore most of the time.
In my prime I could roll through the 9 ball racks and didn't give it much thought. Now I play as a "level 7" in APA 9 ball and as a "level 6" in 8 ball. The Colorado billiard association ranked me as an "A" player in the day. I also used to compete nationally.
Now my days are spent playing a little here and there. I only practice at league events and try to let pool remain a hobby.
I like to shoot with some of our local super stars to humble my ego. No matter how good you think you are there is ALWAYS someone better. Even "the best cue sport players in the world" is a constant rotation of names. They are all able to get the title but to keep it year after year hasn't happened in many years.
My thought of the "best" is different than most. I always like the class of Willie Mosconi. In terms of today's shooters, Bustamanti has a wonderful stroke and a good eye.
Just my 2 cents.