That said, if I'm playing a friendly with a practice partner I'll make the attempt, if necessary for position - because that's why/what I'm practicing. In a match where I prefer to keep things tight (in order to actually win) I might make the pot as easy as possible and leave a harder next red, or play safe.
5 out of 10 shot might be a good candidate for safety if it is not a shot to nothing. I was just pointing out that getting negative severely limits one's progress.
It's all well and good wanting to try to get the correct position rather than learn to use side but we don't play on tables with ultra fine cloths and table heaters like the pros do so the conditions we are up against are not always the same so getting the pace of the shot right all the time is really not on.
Like aceman said if you find yourself on 24 faced with a dead straight black off its spot and the option you keep taking is to roll it in and then play safe then you will never get any better. Learn to play a screw shot with reverse side and you can then go on to make that 50+ that you are aiming for.
Side is only difficult if you are using it without knowing that the cue ball deflects when struck which has to be compensated for and there are many posts on the coaching threads explaining this. Also I find it amazing that players who are sub 30 breakers will break off, which is a nine foot distance shot, using running side to clip the outside red of the pack taking the cue ball around the angles inside the blue and into baulk behind the green/yellow yet will not attempt a 1/2 ball black off its spot from two feet away using side in order to gain position because they feel its above their ability.
Another thing, my ability is not great for most of the time I suffer from the same faults that all you sub thirty breakers suffer from. I have made a total clearance in practise, many, many hundreds in the line up and have a best match break of 86, yet when at my worst I can play all night and not string three balls together.
You all know the basics and can do them, if you couldn't then you wouldn't be capable of a twenty break, so what you have to do is learn to recognise your faults and correct them, so ask your playing/practise partners to watch you and point out the obvious ones and do the same for them.
Saw it written and I saw it say
Pink Moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink Moon is gonna get you all
A good friend of mine—a reformed player—once told me that in his hound dog days, he could walk into a room of women, sniff out his prey, and easily schedule two hook-ups before the night’s end. His secret? He targeted the extremes—the under-confident and overconfident.
I got the " truest words ever spoken" but the rest is contradictory ?
Its amazing how one added or missing word can change a sentence from sense to nonsense ( no insult intended )
Did you miss out a word ?
And "WHO" is very very wrong ?
AND.................. I read it 10 times Hahhahahahahahaha
It meant to say play with side lol Damn phone, I'm a 50 plus player therefore I shouldn't even be posting here but to use side when you can't make 30 is quite wrong in my opinion. I play with a good few century break players and they very rarely play with side, I'm just back playing after about ten years and my first game back I made 42 just dodging away with pinks and blacks, never used side once. Learn about getting the cue ball the right side of the next ball and control of pace. Like I say I read this whole thread and I don't wish to offend anybody when I say this but the scourge of every snooker club are 'side junkies', they can't make a 30 break and can't play a pot plain ball. Avoid these people at all costs if you want to be a half decent player.
Mine is also 31. I find my problem is one day I make everything and then the next day I cannot make anything. I bought the Snooker Gym in Nov and I have my own table and have been practicing at least 2 hours a day and I feel like I am getting worse. I guess you could say I am just plain frustrated.