Brain/Eye Mechanics in snooker…
Every so often on the site, SnookerZone will offer some tips based on our experience and knowledge of the game – mainly to beginners who come here.
If you’re new here, welcome!
Since SnookerZone has returned from Covid restrictions and a shoulder recovery, over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on a few things in our game and have been seeing quick improvements for our practice per hour.
- Learning to strike the cue ball where intended
- Learning to watch the object ball to the pocket to see where it goes
- Learning to pause longer on the final backswing before delivering
- And learning to accelerate through the cue ball and follow-through
These are the main things SnookerZone has been working on in practice sessions, and they are bearing fruit leading us to improve in all aspects of our game.
But there is one thing that we believe has given us the most improvement per hour, and snooker coach Brando, explains it in this video.
Let me explain SnookerZone’s personal experience of this…
So, SnookerZone is a naturally left-handed person. We write left-handed and very much do everything with a veer to the left.
When we are driving a car, for example, we tend to steer slightly to the left. This means that when we’re in a lane, we have to steer back to the right in order for the car to be straight.
It’s not actually a full right, but it means we have to slightly veer back to the right in order for it to be straight in the lane!
In snooker, this has meant in the past we have positioned our tip at the cue ball to the left, thinking it was straight in the middle.
However, with the help of a coach pointing it out and a training aid called the Aim Ball, we have rectified this and continue to practice training our brain to see whether we are striking the cue ball in the center.
This is an extremely important aspect of your game. Discovering your eye mechanics and finding out how you see the cue ball when pointing your tip at it. What you may think is center, may actually be left or right, depending on your eye mechanics.
So next time you’re at the table, try to establish and practice your eye mechanics in relation to the cue ball.
Does where your tip points look center to you?
Slow down your whole set=up and shot process and REALLY EXAMINE what you are doing on the shot. It will really help you understand what you are doing and where you are going wrong.
In some books SnookerZone has read, this process is called “deep practice”.
Here’s a SnookerZone review of the Aim Ball to help you. Something that SnookerZone wholly recommends…