Day after day I say to myself I am determined to get better and practice for 2 hours, but I end up getting very annoyed as I start missing balls and tend to give up through fustration! I really want to be a lot better as its all im good at really! and my life certainly revolves around snooker
Its mainly keeping focused and taking my time with every shot giving it all care and attention, cause when im playing good shots and taking my time, I can be very good, cause my technique is now fine, but I slip up a lot through lack of concentration
But tonight I lost my match, and I feel like giving up! snooker has got me so wound up over the past few years and I dont know why I keep persisiting with it!
SO I need some help! Some people to motivate me! Something to play for! Even though I will be entering the amateur series next season, which I will keep you up to date on. I need to practice a lot for it as I want some success through it, and also buying a full WSA standards snooker cloth and to be fitted by the end of next week, so hopefully that will inspire me which is what I need!
So yh, any inspiration or motivation and help would be appreciated! Or justsome loyal support
I found your post interesting as some of what I read mirrored exactly how Michael Wasley (Micky) felt at the start of this year. Here is a quote from his blog on Pro Snooker Blog from January:
"As with all sports you go through the highs and lows and I experienced my first low this year as the PTC and EPTC events came to and end so it meant I had no more competitions to enter until after the New Year especially as the Pro Ticket Tour event 2 was cancelled due to bad weather conditions. However this lull won’t last for long. I realised that because I am an amateur I cannot enter all tournaments that the professionals can enter so this has inspired me to work even harder again to qualify for the main tour this season.
Now I am really looking forward to the QSP series at the Academy. This, like the PTCs, gives me the chance to push my game on, playing in the professional conditions, against quality opposition.
My target is to qualify for the Q School. I still have more EASB Pro-Ticket events too, so after a semi final, I’m well placed to push to the top of the rankings by the end of the season.
I am now working on certain parts of my game to sharpen me up ready for the season ahead, to ensure I give myself the best chance at succeeding this year at becoming one of the top 96 professionals in the world."http://prosnookerblog.com/2011/01/12/wasleys-blog-january-2011/
From what you have said, it sounds to me like some of the problem is the sense of practicing for nothing in particular. I know Michael felt like this in January when suddenly the PTCs had finished and he was no longer practicing during the week for an event on the weekend, instead practicing for an event that was a month away. He struggled with it and it got him down as he says in his blog but he looked at why he was in that situation and used it to motivate him. For him, it has motivated him to work as hard as he can to get on the tour so that next January, he is not in the same position and is looking forward to the Welsh open Qualifiers instead.
I totally agree with those who have said when you're not concentrating or not in the mood to play-don't. Many of the Pros I know will take time off after they have been eliminated from a tournament (calendar permitting) to get over the loss and go back to the table with no thought of that defeat in their mind, only thoughts to the future and what they need to do for their next match.
For what it's worth, my Dad was very impressed with you at your coaching session and I'm sure he'd be disappointed if he heard you were considering giving up. Snooker's a very difficult game to play-I know, with my highest break of 15
but you have the ability. If it's only the concentration that's holding you back then that is great as that can be learnt and developed much more easily than the ability to play the game.
So, I would suggest you DON'T GIVE UP and work towards the amateur events you are going to be playing in next season. Like Micky has done since his down time in January, if you focus on where you want to be in the future and what you need to do to achieve that then I am sure this will help to motivate you. Also, as you said, your new cloth will hopefully give you a renewed motivation.
Finally, when I was 14 I played for a womens football team and I loved it. A couple of matches into the season I got injured and I've never played competitively since. The injury was long term and lead to a discovery of a problem with my legs which prevented me from playing for a long time. During my recovery, I was less active and got increasingly unfit to the point that now, even if I wanted to, I couldn't play competitively and a career of football in the garden with the dog is all I have to look forward to
I totally regret my lost opportunity of playing football and although I was never going to scale the heights of the male players (or earn their money!) I would have loved to have seen how far I could have gone in the ladies game. I am now 27, which despite not being old, is too old for me to have another chance at the football and I can't watch womens football as I suppose I am bitter that I missed out. I can still watch the men play mind
My Dad also wishes he had been able to devote time to snooker to have played professionally but as he left home at 16 to join the Navy and then a few years later was married with a kid
I guess that ship kind of sailed!
Best of luck to you Jake! Stick with it
PS The A-Levels will be over soon and you can concentrate on doing what makes you happy. I hated doing my A-Levels too!