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    Hi all!

    I have recently qualified as a WPBSA 1st4Sport World Snooker Coach.

    Here is a video I have made about break building and shot selection. If you enjoy the video, please give it a like and subscribe to my channel, as I hope to start making more detailed videos looking at all aspects of the game!



    I am in the Wolverhampton area and I'm available for one-to-one coaching. Either send me a message on here, or drop me an email: steve@barton147.co.uk

    Thanks a lot for watching and let me know your feedback. Everything is welcome.

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    Don’t take this the wrong way but you’re making the cue ball travel way too much in this break. As Stephen Hendry says you should try your best never to use a cushion if you can help it when break building as the white has to travel double or even triple the distance. So first red after going into the pack should have been low on the black (parallel with black spot) as opposed to high and using a cushion. You played a few rest shots and struggled to get prime position due to using a lot of cushions. Also when there’s four or five reds near the pink that should be the colour you’re busting a gut to use if you can so the white only travels an inch or two with stuns and screws and more certain position. Cue ball is the most important ball on the table and the less it travels the easier it is to retain prime position

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    Quote Originally Posted by marriott View Post
    Don’t take this the wrong way but you’re making the cue ball travel way too much in this break. As Stephen Hendry says you should try your best never to use a cushion if you can help it when break building as the white has to travel double or even triple the distance. So first red after going into the pack should have been low on the black (parallel with black spot) as opposed to high and using a cushion. You played a few rest shots and struggled to get prime position due to using a lot of cushions. Also when there’s four or five reds near the pink that should be the colour you’re busting a gut to use if you can so the white only travels an inch or two with stuns and screws and more certain position. Cue ball is the most important ball on the table and the less it travels the easier it is to retain prime position
    Hi there!

    In order for me to leave myself parallel to the black off the red you mention, I would have had to leave the white 2-3" off the cushion. In my opinion, this is far too difficult a pot to leave yourself when in a pressure situation, or on a match table.

    Playing the little gentle screw left the white nicely in the middle of the table with a natural half ball pot on the black. This shot is 9.5/10 for me. If I left the shot you suggested, I would expect to pot that, 6-7/10, maybe less in a match.

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    You would never see a pro leave that black high having to use a cushion when it was a simple run through for a simple low black and stun up for reds. You’re making the cue ball travel so much more than required which is why you lost prime position a lot in the break

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    Quote Originally Posted by marriott View Post
    You would never see a pro leave that black high having to use a cushion when it was a simple run through for a simple low black and stun up for reds. You’re making the cue ball travel so much more than required which is why you lost prime position a lot in the break
    On Ronnie's fastest 147, when he pots the red for 65, why doesn't he leave himself parallel with the black?
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    If you look at Hendry’s 147 with the following link he gains prime position at 03:33 in the video. With the exception of the red near the top cushion and the black to final red (white had to travel more of a distance with the penultimate red so was hard to guarantee prime position on black) Hendry chose to play low on the black every time as opposed to high as it makes it much easier to get closer to the next red

    https://youtu.be/73Vd6SnP7A8

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    And with Ronnie on 65, of course in that instance it made sense to play high because cue ball was heading to the side cushion just off straight. If he was higher on the red with more of an angle he would have played off the side cushion and finished low on the black in order to be more certain of position on the next red

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    Quote Originally Posted by marriott View Post
    And with Ronnie on 65, of course in that instance it made sense to play high because cue ball was heading to the side cushion just off straight. If he was higher on the red with more of an angle he would have played off the side cushion and finished low on the black in order to be more certain of position on the next red
    Exactly like the red you mention in my break. Heading to the side cushion, so I keep the white in the middle of the table.

    My last comment on this. With Hendry's break, yes great, play low because they're spread out all over the place. But sometimes in a break, maybe you can't do that because there is too much congestion.
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    I think as well on 147’s, as the break moves on and on to the 80s and beyond you see a lot of harder than normal blacks being left with the CB deliberately further away just so the player guarantees ANY angle at all as opposed to non-147 attempts where the aim is to retain prime position throughout the break

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    With your red the CB would’nt have been on the cushion like Ronnie’s so has to be low instead of high

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