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    Quote Originally Posted by marriott View Post
    As a regular century break player (I made 119 missing brown for a 141 in a league match last week) it sounds to me, from your original post, you might be lacking a certain arrogance needed. All good players have it, they don't hope to make a century they just go about doing it like it's inevitable. I certainly expect to make a ton when at 60+, even before that and when I don't, ah well I probably will next time. No sweat
    Best post Iíve read on here, makes lot of sense for me at my level I can blow hot and cold one day I feel unreal making 60-80 breaks like it was nothing next time Iím struggling to get past a 40 break.

    Very much believe itís a certain arrogance confidence and combination of better mental focus which comes with said attitude thanks for your post Iíll take this on.

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    Also one other thing. Don't forget that the most important ball is the cue ball. So you should really be looking at minimising how far it travels, trying not to use cushions where possible. This means sometimes having to play a slightly harder shot in order to avail better, certain position. When you pot these slightly harder shots with guaranteed position, it boosts confidence and develops arrogance over the break. Don't just play the easy one if the cue ball has to go 6 feet to finish right side of the blue if for example you can soft screw a red to middle making the cue ball travel 2 inches

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    Quote Originally Posted by marriott View Post
    Also one other thing. Don't forget that the most important ball is the cue ball. So you should really be looking at minimising how far it travels, trying not to use cushions where possible. This means sometimes having to play a slightly harder shot in order to avail better, certain position. When you pot these slightly harder shots with guaranteed position, it boosts confidence and develops arrogance over the break. Don't just play the easy one if the cue ball has to go 6 feet to finish right side of the blue if for example you can soft screw a red to middle making the cue ball travel 2 inches
    Makes lot of sense, defo taking on board your comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marriott View Post
    Also one other thing. Don't forget that the most important ball is the cue ball. So you should really be looking at minimising how far it travels, trying not to use cushions where possible. This means sometimes having to play a slightly harder shot in order to avail better, certain position. When you pot these slightly harder shots with guaranteed position, it boosts confidence and develops arrogance over the break. Don't just play the easy one if the cue ball has to go 6 feet to finish right side of the blue if for example you can soft screw a red to middle making the cue ball travel 2 inches
    ^1
    A coach once said to me that controlling the cue ball and keeping it from travelling too far is paramount for break building; for every foot of travel the possibly of not getting the required cue ball position increases; reduce travel - improves chances of getting that required position for the next ball
    Up the TSF!

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    Don't think about a big break, think about solving the situation on the table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanH View Post
    ^1
    A coach once said to me that controlling the cue ball and keeping it from travelling too far is paramount for break building; for every foot of travel the possibly of not getting the required cue ball position increases; reduce travel - improves chances of getting that required position for the next ball
    would agree with that also my coach got me to tighten up my cue action in the balls for more control short compact backswing like mark allen style i find it gives me the position i want lot of the time not needing to use cushions when i have to travel the white i revert back to the more traditional style of cueing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marriott View Post
    As a regular century break player (I made 119 missing brown for a 141 in a league match last week) it sounds to me, from your original post, you might be lacking a certain arrogance needed. All good players have it, they don't hope to make a century they just go about doing it like it's inevitable. I certainly expect to make a ton when at 60+, even before that and when I don't, ah well I probably will next time. No sweat
    Agree with this. I play best and score best when strutting round the table confidently. The lads in my side joke that I pout around the table when i'm playing well
    Even when you're not at your most confident, act confidently. It's amazing how many times this actually tricks you into being confident and performing better.... and guess what it intimidates your opponent sometimes too.
    "just tap it in"

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    I have this problem too, even when playing by myself. I'm naturally a pretty nervous person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callum from hallam View Post
    Evening everyone, hope you're all well. Just a quick problem I have and hopefully someone could help me in resolving it. I've got good ability and am quite able potting most balls. However I really struggle to make big breaks and miss balls I would 9 times out of 10 pot. The main reason a I think this is is because of the mental pressure I put under myself in frame winning situations. I'll just be like right there's a big break on here and miss. I know people might say just don't think that but it is hard to get that thought out of my mind in a good situation. Had anyone got any tips could help me?
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    My playing partner is a strutter but is also nervous and loses temper easy and is very purposeful.

    Iím a very relaxed player and my partner says Iím ďsmugĒ. I smugly pot balls apparently 😂

    Heís had been the better player, I lost about 20 in a row but these were all fairly close he just always edged me out. Funnily enough recently Iíve been winning more frames and itís getting to him.

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