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Thread: If you could give just one piece of advice....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrackers147 View Post
    I will give 3 things

    1. Stillness on the shot including bridge hand.
    2. Understand the importance of cue ball line (you donít have to cue like ROS to make big breaks and be a dangerous player)
    3. Play each shot with conviction. What I mean by this is go into each shot with the mind set of pot it or miss it I am going to cue it positively and place emphasis on point 1
    Good advise, not to complicated and to the point. I try to do this all the time, mind set is not always there but getting better...
    I try hard, play hard and dont always succeed, at first.!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by j6uk View Post
    seeing key shots is what makes a 50 breaker kick on

    as for matchplay. all the little imperfections that are over looked in the club, will become exaggerated as the pressure builds
    the pockets oddly appear to get tighter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wootton05 View Post
    Anything you feel players can do to improve their mind-set?
    yes depends on the player really mind-set covers a number of areas

    Motivation - Focus - Temperament - Confidence - all good areas to develop and improve - working on these bring the biggest rewards to any players game at any level I think.

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    Funny thing about these threads is When I first started playing people didn't analyse themselves technique wise as much as they do now. I used to live at the snooker club as a kid copy my favourite players and play and learn off the best players in the area whenever I could. I never saw a coach until I was about 16 and had made over 20 centuries by then. My point being is I see people come into the game now and they are more concerned about the perfect cue action like it's the Holy Grail when they canít make a 20 break. In reality there is no substitute for learning and practicing the key shots and mastering them naturally first. As previously mentioned in this thread technique flaws are highlighted under extreme pressure thatís when a decent thought process is important. Most people on here just want to improve breaks made in practice with their mate so shot selection and cue ball knowledge is probably more the issue.

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    Enjoy the game ! Many of us get so hung up on technique that it becomes a chore, and lets be honest the enjoyment of the game becomes secondary we want to win and play well ! but this should never overshadow your love of the game, Snooker is very much a Love - Hate relationship.

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    I do love the game; and i do put the hours in... i didnt start until 13; played lots had many respectable breaks just not a ton (think this is mental for me).. at 18 went to uni and found it was easy to win beer/money at pool so didnt play snooker. I am now back playing and often play 30 hrs in a week. Its not practice im bothered about though it is about matchplay for me as that is what counts..... i place way too much pressure on myself in matches and i know i need to just relax and play my game but its easier said than done.

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    for me, i feel these 2 things help my game alot.
    1)no wrist movement; no rocking, no rotation, no twisting. focus on the protruding bone at the wrist behind ur thumb. any movement, u will feel it there. by keeping it zero movement and opening of the last 2 fingers, it allows for the cue to move parallel on the drawback.

    2) deliver the stroke by pushing toward where ur cue is lined up under the chin. this takes some practice to get used to. but if ur cue is lined up directly under ur chin, ur stroke/grip should move towards the chin. it will feel weird, since there is distance between chin and grip but through practise, u will learn not to cue across the chest and push straight down the line towards the chin.

    there is a 3rd but this is untested. u know how some of us when shooting, the grip hits the chest. maybe u can put a nipple patch at the chest where ur grip hits. so u can focus on hitting the nipple patch, tat will mean ur grip ends up at the correct point on the chest. lol. just saying, it could work u know..

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    Maybe a nipple piercing, with a little bell attached?

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    For players new to the game I would say keep your head still.

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    a) ignore people who give coaching advice on internet forums.

    b) spend 20 quid on a hour with a good coach.

    c) see point a

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