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    Quote Originally Posted by throtts View Post
    Yep, the back pause can screw things up big time. Its for some but not for others. Look at Osullivan, he just has a very slight pause, doesn't stop does he.

    Let the cue do the work and that starts with the correct grip for each player. Did he mention the long debated grip.?.
    Nope. One of the students had tons of grip questions. Roger doesn't think there's right or wrong.
    He feels that some players overthink the grip, looking for the holy grail...i.e. if I move this particular finger here or there...etc. You know the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alabadi View Post
    that's good to know, sounds like a good coach who i wouldn't mind visiting one day as i have been struggling big time lately.
    is he now based in the UK because i thought he was based in China.
    Hi alabadi, was wondering who you have used in the past and what experience you have had with them. I keep thinking about coaching but not gone down that route yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alabadi View Post
    that's good to know, sounds like a good coach who i wouldn't mind visiting one day as i have been struggling big time lately.
    is he now based in the UK because i thought he was based in China.
    he's based if Foshan, at the Wiraka Academy but they give him time to do other coaching gigs around the world - Croatia / Serbia / Finland / Brazil etc

    RL is one of the few coaches who can actually do everything he teaches
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    Well that’s me out, I’m not planning visiting any of those countries anytime soon.

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    What about Chris Small?, is he still doing it, bud.
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    yeah i went once a couple of years ago. however its a 5 hour drive to Edinburgh. so i would have to stay overnight like i did last time i went as i don't fancy driving for 10 hours plus

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    Jim Donnelly coached me to put the back pause in to my game and it helped me massively.

    I disagree that it's not for everyone & ronnie as an example doesnt work as he does have a back pause it's just fast like everything else about his game, the back pause is simple physics as the stop in backward momentum will offer more control of the cue going forward rather than your brain having 2 things to think about:

    which is bring it back straight, put it through straight
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    just put the cue through straight and smooth

    99 x out of 100 your going to be more accurate with the pause, it's worth the effort it may muck up your game for a month or 2, it did with me but Jim got me from a 30-40 break player to making 80s and 90s and threatening my first ton i recommend the pause to anyone looking to improve their game. Seek out a coach to help you implement it maybe it isn't for everyone folk like Jimmy White, Mark Allen, Peter Ebdon, Alex Higgins all spring to mind when you think of great players not having a pause but at least 2 of them possibly 3 or immense natural talents that not 1 of us could probably claim 1% of their natural flair for the game.

    Consistency also favours the players who have the textbook cue action with the rear pause, Davis was unreal in his hey day. Technically I think he's the most accomplished player the game ever had, all round he had everything and I doubt anyone but a Hendry or John Higgins could stand toe to toe with him in his heydey and funnily enough they both had the textbook rear pause.

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    My rear pause use to be blatant but its more of a subtle one now, bit like Osullivan,s. The rear pause does help detach a poor final back swing but as I say a lot insist its not for them, such as a Murphy one for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek P View Post

    I disagree that it's not for everyone
    I don't think it is for everyone, I know two local players who have had max's neither of which have a rear pause. Sometimes if it isn't broke don't fix it.
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    Sounds like it was a great coaching session.

    I remember the first one I had and when you see the improvement in your own game that's when this game becomes addictive!

    I've had coaching for a year and a half now. The good thing about the coach i have is he lets me find out all the stuff from what is going on online and then I have a lesson with him and he dispenses all the bull from the quality.

    He never writes off anything until he's seen it in action and then if it needs correcting he will correct.

    A lot of snooker technique is being the taught the basics, but then figuring the rest out for yourself and what feels comfortable...

    Good luck with your snooker...
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