2023: Safety Routine for Practice…
SnookerZone writer Chris Gaynor loves practicing safety and is not bad at it in tournament play.
Although scoring heavily wins frames, you don’t get by without both a good safety game and a good tactical knowledge.
Judd Trump was a good potter but his safety wasn’t as good as the top players when he first came onto the scene. He loved going for everything.
He became an elite player because he worked on all aspects of the game.
Play to your strengths. Work on your weaknesses. And enjoy the process and development.
This little routine is simple for everyone to practice, no matter what their ability. observe where the two balls are going.
Just see if you can play the cue ball inside of the chalks shown in the picture and navigate the cue ball back to safety past the baulk line.
Or, alternatively, you can navigate the cue ball outside of the two chalks and see how to use side and what happens. It’s simply a case of experimenting and playing different areas to see what happens and where the cue ball goes.
If need be, place the colours on their spots, and see if you can navigate the cue ball without hitting one of the three colours.
it’s a bit of fun as well as learning angles and directions.
Safety is an underrated part of the game, and although scoring is integral, being a competent safety and tactical player in cue sports is just as important.
Try it and see…