No matter if you were born with a natural eye for the ball and can pot like Ronnie or have managed to knock in a thirty break in your first year of playing, you will never progress from being a mediocre player unless you are willing to put in the hours at the snooker table.
The best thing you can do in snooker is practice, practice, practice.
Even the best players in the world spend about three or four hours a day on snooker practice. And that isn’t three or four hours a day just playing snooker with their mates.
That’s three or four hours a day of proper snooker practice, going through a routine and making sure every part of their game is in full working order. Mark Selby recently described the intensity of his practice session:
“If I'm on my own I'll do certain routines and set myself targets for them, and I won't stop that routine until I reach them. You have to put discipline and targets around what you do because you need to practice playing well. It's all too easy to go through the motions and practice playing badly.”
Though match play is an important part of developing your game, the best snooker practice is still done alone. Inside our guide we’ve outlined a number of routines for developing your game and how best to follow them.
If you follow these routines every time you practice and if you concentrate during each practice session as if you are in a match (one suggestion is to only allow yourself a drink or some food if you successfully complete the routine) you will find not only that your potting ability improves, but also that your concentration and your technique will improve too, and the things you repeat constantly on the practice table will come naturally when you play for real.
Snooker practice is all about routines that work on different areas of your game. We’ve listed some of the classic exercises that all players have done at one time or another, from exercises to check your cue action and your alignment to those that test your stance.
We have exercises for short pots, long pots and for the basics of positional play.
Once these become second nature we have routines that take more time and concentrate on both potting and position, from the famous ‘line’ exercise to the ‘circle’ and other more in depth routines.
The important thing to remember is that all of our routines for snooker practice will be followed by beginner and professional alike. Once you know these routines they will stay with you for the rest of your snooker career.
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