Category Archives: TSG

A very common complaint I hear from players is: ‘I was playing really well, my break had reached 40, and then I started speeding up and missed an easy red!’ Or: ‘I was leading 2-0 in a best of five, and I was so confident that I started going for more difficult pots. But I…

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This is a not uncommon complaint amongst players from 20-40 highest break level. If the headline is what you think then I have a feeling you are trying to recognize the angles consciously – if that is the case you have no chance of progressing as aiming does not work like that! I could not…

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Ultimately if we are struggling with consistency and cannot see why, we are FOR SURE doing something different from one day to the next – and just need to identify what that is. Also, remember that the balls will be in different positions from one day to the other so even if we are exactly…

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Particularly for players below regular 40 break standard, and often for players up to 100 break standard, the most common misdiagnosis I see is to do with aiming. Usually, your problem is still that your CUEING is clouding how good or bad you are at aiming. So, my point is, is that YOU HAVE NO…

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Of all the things that frustrate my clients, it is playing against opponents who are overly cautious / negative (or actively spoil the position of the balls!), and slow around the table. Often in practice, this happens between club players who are scared of losing to each other. So, they can tend to go into…

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Going from making a few fifty breaks one night on the snooker table to making not even twenty breaks the next night can be a very frustrating experience for a keen player. This situation usually comes down to seven things: Getting out of ruts Self diagnosis & self prescription Consistency Psychology Acceptance Use playing badly…

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A player in The Snooker Gym Community on Facebook asked: Should you risk playing poorly on a bad table? Or stick to a good table (the one you practice on the most) and play well??? My answer was that learning to adapt to different tables is a vital skill. So, because ‘a lesson in life…

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Almost ALL players under 100 break standard are holding WAY TOO TIGHT especially on long pots, power shots, and screw shots. This tension pulls the cue off line and REDUCES power. A client in The Snooker Gym Community on Facebook commented: ‘Does anyone have a tip to help prevent gripping the cue too hard /…

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After getting a solid technique together, a big barrier for players at the 40-60 break level he process of staying down on the shot, getting good results, and then letting the mind get carried away with the thought ‘I am playing really well now’ to the degree that you miss the shot! The key is…

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Many players ask me how to get out of a snooker rut. One of the most frustrating experiences in the game, I have a couple of standard responses that have helped people over the years. Think about what you want, not about what you dont want. Your inner dialogue must be TOWARDS a target eg…

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