Once you know how it feels when the timing is correct and a well executed shot feels like, make a mental note of it, really create a memory how it feels, so you have this 'standard' if you like. Now all that's left to do is trying 100% to reproduce this feeling/execution on every single shot in your life
One more thing that really helps me is trying to visualize and feel the shot before i go down, know beforehand how to hit the ball so you know what your timing for this particular shot should be. It's no good to be down already and still have to figure out how you're gonna play the shot. and once you're down commit 100%, for me personally that means remembering to finish the shot i.e. follow through.
once you're kinda able to hit the ball with good timing more often than not, I think it's time to focus on getting the 'eay' positional shots right, and that's probably even more difficult than all the above.
Hi all! I haven't been in for a while. My little company is the busiest its ever been lately; 180 degree turn from a few years ago when I nearly went out of business. Life is good but its bad for my snooker as I can play quite rarely at the moment, perhaps 3 or 4 hours a week. My preferred normal time is 12 to 16 hours a week. Consistency of table time is also a significant requirement in a quest to improve one's game play.
About this thread, fantastic stuff! When I have checked in to the Island lately, it has mainly been about the WC of course, which I browse but cannot contribute at all. Delighted to find this topic on the docket. I quoted one piece from Rekoons above, but my friend, everything you have said is spot on and wonderful advice for an up and coming player. Very well written, very accurate to my experience as well.
As for Dan's input, I am happy you have seen success, most especially in adding the pause to your backswing. That, I think (adding the pause), was the single most difficult change I made to my game probably four years ago now, but without a doubt, also the most beneficial change. It didn't help me so much with the potting though as the benefit was mainly in pinpoint positional control. I have an analogy about this but I won't post it here as I already have too much to write and too little time. About lengthening your backswing, that does concern me a bit as in my experience, the longer the backswing, the more likely to veer off-line as you strike. I have no doubt that it has helped your game, but I am saying that, in general, a newer player should stick to a short backswing to pot as accurately as possible.....less chance for things to go wrong. To promote a shorter backswing, a young player should purposely keep the bridge hand nearer the cue ball and as potting accuracy improves over time, this bridge hand distance (and the consequential backswing length) can then increase to promote a more lively cue action. The longer backswing is more advanced and required for a higher level of play but that should only be added after the foundation is established and comfortable.
BadSnookerPlayer: finally, I am hearing you open up a bit more about your own game play. On the Island, my favourite thing used to be when SickPotter or especially Roland would make a personal post about their own games, things they had learned or found to be true or untrue, advice for others to help them on their own path. I miss those guys. Surely confident and intelligent (at least "snooker wise", I can't vouch for anything else of course), yet they were still humble while acknowledging they knew a few things they would be happy to share, loved the game, and were always on a quest to continue their own improvement. As it should be. To my eye, you are now that torch bearer. I have always figured you to be a better player than you generally let on, and I think you have the capacity and personality to help others in this way. By the way, are you still getting time in with your old man on the table? My own son will be home from University in less than a month now and I will move heaven and earth to get a good number of frames with him over the summer.
For Johnny, I don't think I have had pleasure of discourse with you in the past. I have noticed your posts in the tour threads but I don't recall seeing you before in any of the technique threads. It does sound like you have some talent and I do wish I could see your game live. I will say though that in your couple posts here, your technique would seem to be non-standard. I don't mean that in a bad way; we all must find our own path and use or discard what works or doesn't work for us. When I read your posts, I immediately thought of Tony Drago in his prime, completely non-standard but utterly fascinating to watch. Finding a path to improvement on the Green Baize is definitely a very personal endeavour and it is useful for us all to share what has worked or not for us. Then, if the advice seeker is serious in his quest, he is obliged to try it all (but in very small and controlled increments, as Rekoons suggests) and figure which if any will work for him.
BSP, I forgot to say....the Break from Life guy is my absolute favourite! Love his channel, good and very useful advice.
Back to Rekoons, I have read through all your posts in this thread several times now. Really, really good stuff. Keep it up!