How to conquer milestones, and feel less pressure…
Snooker players who are struggling…
Often lack three key ingredients in achieving success.
Confidence. Motivation. And the right guidance and coaching and tools to implement improvement.
Sunday night saw Dave Lewis at Pro Am Snooker UK interview the top snooker coach Chris Henry.
Henry is a coach to the stars both past and present and future such as the likes of Shaun Murphy, Peter Ebdon, James Cahill, and more.
His specialty is mind coaching and getting players to confront their demons and overcome them using special routines that trick the brain into believing what is happening is normal, habitual.
Just like Henry’s The Balls product, the more times you do something, the more the brain will come to view it as normal.
In the two hours lengthy interview, Henry talked about one facet of a snooker player’s game – as well as other things.
Belief in themselves, or lack of it.
He told Lewis: “What is motivation. What does it mean? Let’s break it down. Motive. The reason to want to do something.”
Here’s an important exercise to practice in helping to relieve pressure in a certain situation that will help you achieve your goals quicker…
We all want to beat our highest break and we all get nervous when we’re about to achieve a milestone or when we are on the verge of achieving something special.
Henry said the trick was to practice achieving your said milestone in practice and imagine you achieve that milestone again and again so it becomes habitual and less nerve-racking.
Henry gave the example of a top snooker player on the tour. Shaun Murphy couldn’t finish off a 147 when on the final colours, because of the nerves and the pressure. He was having trouble potting the final yellow on the break.
The special exercise…
Henry said the best way to tackle that fear was to set up a few balls in practice and imagine you’re on the last pots of the break and you’re very near beating your highest break. Once you do it again and again and build up confidence, you will become much better at coping with it in a pressured environment.
This exercise can apply to any level of snooker player. Not just professionals.
Do it again and again until it is no longer a fear, but a pleasure.
Chris Henry also talked about his relatively new product The Balls, which has had much coverage since their release.
Watch the Henry interview below…
Michael Waring of Snookerhub.co.uk kindly wrote a review of The Balls for this website SnookerZone.