Hong Kong’s top female cueist Ng On Yee claimed the Australian Women’s Open title in Sydney over the weekend.
The 27-year-old, who had also claimed the UK Women’s Championship a few weeks ago also made an incredible 139 break topping Reanne Evans’s 137 to take the high break of the event.
Evans, 33, who had won the European Women’s Masters in Belgium this season not but a few weeks ago also, notched up three tons during the event, with the 137, a 110, and a 109. The Dudley cueist lost out in the semi-final to Katrina Wan as On Yee defeated Wan 4 – 2 in the final.
Another regular last four player Nutcharut Wongharuthai, also racked a ton on the list with a 115 making the total of six tons made over the event by three players Evans, On Yee and Wong.
It was not for the first time both finalists were in their forties as 46-year-old Mark Davis was contesting his first ever ranking final in 27 years as a pro – and stood up to the test well making a 136 to go 4 – 4.
It was a nip and tuck match as both players were in high scoring mode despite the first four frames of the first session showing signs of nerves. But, as the match progressed, the snooker was one visit snooker. At frame 10 however, Davis, unfortunately, was on to win another frame and feathered the white by accident and gave away a foul to leave Bingham to clear to take the frame 5 – 5. From then on, it was a case of who would break first – and Bingham, at 7 – 7, managed to calmly make an important ton to go 8 – 7 before winning the final frame to claim his fifth ranking title which of course included his famous World Championship win in 2015.
A tearful and emotional Bingham said after it had been a “rocky road” for the past year – with troubles off the table and said it was a relief to be back in the winner’s enclosure.
Davis, who on route to the final had beaten the likes of the class of 92 players Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins quipped he hoped it wouldn’t be another 27 years before he reached another ranking event final and added if it was it might be a problem!
Bingham’s win means he is into the Champion of Champions next month in Coventry.
The 42-year-old also pocketed 70K and his second Home Nations trophy win after he won the Welsh Open a couple of seasons ago.
O’Sullivan after the match said Davis was good enough to win a ranking event and was surprised it had taken so long for him to get to a major final.
In Belgium, Davis’s friend and pro tour colleague Jimmy Robertson won his first ranking title in Lommel at the European Masters and Davis was trying to follow in the footsteps of Mark King and Anthony Hamilton all long-standing pros who picked up silverware for the first time in the last couple of seasons.
So, when I first started watching snooker on TV, I heard a lot of jargon which I had no idea what it was about.
For example, “he’s playing this pink half ball.” Or, “he needs to hit this 3/4 and come back up!”
Have you heard that before? I bet you have, right?
Thing is, to those who are just watching for pleasure, those phrases mean nothing.
But, understanding and learning what they mean is simple and can be done in under five minutes.
And, from then on, being able to recognise them AND understand them on a snooker table and on the TV will be a doddle.
After reading this post, you’ll be able to:
Understand what potting angles mean practically
Recognize them on a snooker table
Spot them on the TV
And even be able to even pot some!
Here’s a visual of the most important angles in snooker!
Practice these and you’ll soon be recognizing them all over the table…
Let’s start with the easy one first!
Full ball contact (see image)
This isn’t an angle, but if you imagine two balls locked together, then you get a full ball contact! When you see a dead straight pot, you’re effectively looking at a full ball contact! When aiming, you will be aiming at the centre of the middle point of the object ball!
3/4 Ball Contact (that’s the yellow and red balls in the picture either side of the pink)
When you’re just off straight – and anywhere in between full ball and half ball, you’re going to be hitting the object with the cue ball at ¾ ball contact. The point of contact will be just off the middle as you see the shot. As the angle widens, you’ll end up with half ball…
Half Ball Contact (That’s the brown and black balls in the picture)
Interestingly, you’ll then gradually as the angle widens even more – end up hitting the ball quarter ball! (That’s the red and green balls at the end in the picture)
The Eighth Ball
This is the final angle of the four and is actually the easiest because any pot where you have to have a thin cut is an eighth ball contact or more…(In the picture, this would be another ball placed next to the quarter ball red and green balls in the picture)
As the angle widens, you are hitting less of the ball, as the angle narrows, you’re hitting more of the ball!
Also, depending on which angle you’re on, the point of contact of the cue ball and object ball doesn’t change, it’s just you’re looking at the point from a different position!
So, there you go! Potting angles understood in minutes!
A LITTLE EXERCISE FOR YOU:
Watch a frame/s of snooker on the TV and see if you can spot which angle the player is on when making a break! Call it out – obviously, TV camera angles can be deceptive but call out a rough estimate of what you think the angle might be!
Enjoy your learning and practicing of potting angles!
PS: Start learning to aim like a pro and learn potting angles in seconds practicing with Nic Barrow’s amazing Aim Frame and end up making higher breaks and potting more balls! Read the SnookerZone review…
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And delivering the cue nice and smooth and straight!
Your eyes see two balls. They should visualize where the cue ball needs to hit the object ball in order for it to go where you want it to go! Once your eyes have visualized that, then, as soon as you have, you should get down on the line you’ve seen and deliver the cue in a straight line on that line of aim.
Forget worrying about where your feet should go, your eyes will take you to the position where your feet will be comfortable.
…if you trust them.
More on aiming now…
We’ll come to cueing in a second. But first. More on aiming.
When your eyes have seen the line, then here’s where getting into position is important! If you watch the top professionals, the walk-in and approach is a simple movement forward without any head/body movement at all as the head/body go down onto the line of the shot and get into position. Try not to move the head/body as any head/body movement – i.e, mainly the head, will make you stray offline!
Watch four-times World Champion John Higgins very closely for a perfect visual of his walk-in and approach. You will see what I mean!
Watch: A simple message from Steve Barton in this video! Keep potting simple…
Learning angles should not be about knowing if a ball is a half ball or 3/4 ball pot.
It should be the memory of recognizing that some shots come up again and again. There is no substitute for playing the same shot over and over again until your brain (eyes) see the shot naturally and have no hesitation to lead your body onto the right line!
There are four main angles on a snooker table, which you can learn using training aids such as Nic Barrow’s Aim Frame.
Now that we’ve established the basics of aiming and angles, JARGON FREE, it’s time to mention the basics of cueing.
We’re not going to go into great detail about grip and other basic parts here (there’s plenty of videos explaining those – SEARCH YOUTUBE) – but the rule of thumb is to have a relaxed grip that doesn’t prevent you from jagging the cue offline, but, at the same time it doesn’t need to be too tight – as you won’t get the freedom to cue how you want.
Do you ever find that your cue arm feels “loose” and a wee bit “wobbly” when you cue the snooker cue on the backswing? Chances are, that’s because your cue arm elbow is not straight enough in the upright position as possible. What SnookerZone means is the elbow should be as vertical as possible in order for the cue hand grip to deliver it horizontally straight on the line (or as straight as humanly possible).
Imagine this picture in your head. It may seem funny for a minute, but you will have this image in your head when learning to cue…
Imagine a shark swimming in the water with its fin sticking up upright! Yes, Jaws is coming to get you!
That’s the picture you want of your ideal cue arm!
If your cue elbow is too loose and not rigid enough vertically, then chances are the cue will stray offline! Try it – try tensing up as an exercise and see if your cue delivery improves (with a cue – of course)! This does not mean tensing up the muscles so you’re stiff but simply making sure the elbow is up straight. Yes, they will feel tense at first, but once you start repeating this, it will feel less tense and more natural.
Imagine comparing it to slouching in a chair – your back feels kinda wobbly, right? It’s much better to be sitting upright with the back posture straight than slumped and forming a hunchback! It’s the same when cueing, try to keep the elbow as vertically straight as possible!
One way to test if you’re cueing straight, is to deliver your cue on the baulk line and see if the cue runs along the line of the baulk line: If it doesn’t then you have a cueing issue.
You could, of course, get a more detailed look at cueing with Nic Barrow’s Cue Action Trainer which will help you discover straighter, smoother and better cueing.
Huge congratulations must go to last weekend’s winners in the European Masters for Women and the main tour European Masters in Lommel, Belgium.
Reanne Evans made it back into the winners’ enclosure in the European Masters for women in her first title of the 2018/19 season and on the main tour Jimmy Robertson, 32, scooped his first ranking title to join an elite group of players who have won just one ranking title.
Robertson defeated the Gentleman Joe Perry in a top quality final which saw a minor comeback from Joe Perry after being 7 – 3 down. But it was Robertson who held his nerve to win the match with a century 108 to seal his place in the winners’ enclosure 9 – 6.
Robertson said after the 75K win it had “come out of the blue.”
Winning Much Older
26 players have won just one ranking title as in the last couple of years, Jimmy Robertson has joined the likes of Mark King, a semi-finalist also in Lommel, and Joe Perry and Anthony Hamilton all who have won titles within the last couple of seasons.
Robertson’s win also means he has a place in next month’s Champion of Champions elite 16 man event in Coventry.
Recently, it has been the Class of 92 players in their 40s such as Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins who have been clearing up at events in the last year but it was great to see a new face enter the winner’s enclosure on Sunday evening.
However, at 32, Robertson’s win still makes it hard for players under the age of 30 to win events.
It seems in snooker those waiting their turn to win a ranking event have to wait until at least their 30s now – or later to win their first!
Robertson will head to the south next for Crawley’s K2 where the English Open will be contested for the first time and Ronnie O’Sullivan will be back in action after his non-ranking win in Shanghai some two weeks ago or so.
Do you ever get the feeling sometimes there is something missing from your game? Maybe it’s the one thing that is preventing you from scoring more points in a frame. It could well be that what you are missing from your game right now is being able to generate enough cue power to get onto a selection of reds so you have more choice. Options.
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