You haven't mentioned once just what you are looking at when going through this ritual. What you are looking at is the most important thing when addressing the shot for that is what dictates the line of aim of the cue.
Originally Posted by stjimmy18-1991
If you have ever wondered just why the pro players pick up little bits of fluff from the table prior to getting down on the shot it's for this very reason. Anything that attracts the eye off the line of aim when getting down on the shot will result in the line of aim being wrong. The line of aim is from the cue ball to the point of contact on the object ball and one judges this subconsciously while walking around the table, eyes flicking from cue ball to object ball until one is standing right behind the shot.
Some players just get right down as they subconsciously know they are on the correct line of aim, others then have to consciously ritualise this aiming process and get down on the shot to an exact pattern where they consciously place their feet in a certain place, look at the cue ball and object ball at certain moments.
But what all seriously good players do is focus on the point of contact on the object ball when getting down on the shot. Some do it without looking at the cue ball until they are down on the shot, some do it while flicking their eyes from cue ball to point of contact on the way down.
What you have to do if you are an inconsistant player is to find out through ritual just what it is you do when you are playing well and consciously repeat that ritual until it becomes habit. This may be the one reason why you are inconsistant, it may be one of many reasons but getting the cue on the correct line of aim is for certain the most important thing in snooker.
The next most important thing is keeping it there.
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