Playing snooker is about confidence in all aspects of your game. 

From your aiming setup, to your cueing, to your judgment with position. 

Recently, SnookerZone had a lesson with top WPBSA coach Brian Cox, who gave us this great little routine for building confidence with all aspects of the game. 

If you can pot balls with your eyes closed, then you’re gradually building up confidence in…

  • ====>Aiming
  • ====>Cueing
  • ====>Following through the ball
  • ====>Positional play

Try the exercise with different shots, from long to short. Try the exercise with tough balls on the cushion. Believe it or not, you’ll be surprised at how many you’ll pot doing it. 

The mental aspect is getting you to trust your aiming and cueing. Once you feel confident potting balls with your eyes closed, you’ll have less of a problem potting balls with your eyes wide open!

Also, the exercise is beneficial for positional play. Cox said the reason we were low on confidence was because our mind was too much on where the cue ball was going and not the object ball. Therefore, taking one of the senses, in this case, the eyes out of the equation meant we couldn’t see where the cue ball was going! 

Therefore, we literally had to trust our aiming and cueing and positional set up in our pre-shot routine! 

And, in this video, watch what happened! Try it yourself. 

PS: This wasn’t a fluke. Cox got us to practice a wide variety of shots in the lesson and we even made a 20 plus break in doing so!

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Watch how trusting yourself in your game by removing one of your key senses, will improve your confidence