ROUTINES | SNOOKER PRACTICE
- Start with the White ball as shown and pot all 5 reds with blacks. All balls must be potted in the corner pockets – no middles allowed. You should be able to pot all these balls using a combination of stun, follow-through and screw shots. Try and keep the cue ball not much higher than the pink spot at all times, and definitely never higher than the blue spot. Repeat until you can clear all balls. If you miss, you should reset the balls and start again. This gives you good control around the pink and black spots.
- Line all 15 reds up in a direct line with the brown, blue, pink and black as shown.Proceed to take a colour with each red. On potting the final red, obtain position on the colour in such a way as to obtain position on the yellow.Take all the colours off their spots until the pink is potted and the black is the only ball left on the table.Replace all fifteen reds, pot the black and start over again.
A useful routine to test your cueing can be undertaken before any of the balls are placed on the table. This exercise which can test the straightness of an individual’s cueing can be completed using just the cue ball. Place the white on the brown spot and then proceed to hit the cue ball over the blue, pink and black spots with enough pace to bring the white back down the table to the baulk area and finish at brown spot without any deviation.
- The ability to clear the colours at the end of a frame, is a vital ingredient in match-play snooker. Place all the colours on their spots and then position the cue ball close to the yellow. Pot the colours in sequence, obtaining an angle on the final black to get back on to the yellow. Pot the black, whilst obtaining position on the yellow and start again.
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