Well-respected snooker coach scoops local award…

Tim Dunkley has scooped a local coaching award for snooker in Hampshire, in the UK.


In session: Juniors getting some pearls of wisdom from passionate coach Dunkley…

The 62-year-old coach at Chandlers Ford picked up Performance Coach of the Year on Monday at Eastleigh’s Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA).

Dunkley, a well-respected coach on the Cuestars amateur circuit, (and a coach who SnookerZone has already featured in the Coaching Zone interview pages) which caters for a wide range of age groups, was one of several people behind the scenes to be honoured in a local awards ceremony held online this week.

Tim Dunkley
Screenshot from Cuestars website


It was the tenth awards ceremony and because of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown; they held the ceremony online through the Eastleigh Sports and Physical Activity Alliance twitter account.

The news of the award humbled him…

When Dunkley received news of the award, he humbly said: “Wow! I’ve never won an award before. Thanks. Can’t wait to get back to Chandlers Ford Snooker Club to see the kids.”

Lou Gittens, Chair of Eastleigh’s Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) introduced the online awards, followed by Councillor Keith House, Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council and Eastleigh MP, Paul Holmes. Ex-Saint Francis Benali, the Alliance’s Official Ambassador, was the guest speaker.

Lou Gittens said:

‘Whilst these awards are recognition of last year’s performance and efforts, I would like to say how pleasing it has been to see coaches, clubs, organisations, volunteers working so hard in recent months to keep providing opportunities for health and engagement within the community. The recognised benefits of such activities are well-known to us. We can hope that this may provide a positive legacy moving on from these experiences.’

Tributes poured in from across the snooker world for Dunkley’s award.

Here’s just an example of what a Cuestars junior set up looks like. Watch below now…

Writing on the Cuestars website, those involved in the Cuestars project, for which Dunkley is a major player and coach to many juniors…

They wrote: “I know that Tim will hate the fuss, but the truth is this really is a well-deserved award. Players and parents alike have a massive amount of respect and admiration for Tim. Just by being near the table most player’s techniques will improve as they know they are being watched by the main man! The volume of congratulatory posts on Facebook show just how well thought of and valued Tim Dunkley is as both a snooker coach and friend.”

Read SnookerZone’s EXCLUSIVE interview we did a while back with Mr Dunkley, here now…


How to Improve Snooker Potting: #1 Mistake Beginners Make

Unlock your potential by having coaching with a great coach like Brian Cox!


If there’s one question that is asked frequently in snooker’s frequently asked questions online, it’s how to improve snooker potting!

When SnookerZone first started playing seriously well over three years ago, the obsession with potting was one of the things that prevented him from improving much faster. Don’t let the mindset of the obsession of desperately wanting to pot the ball, hold you back from improving.

Now, this obsession is the first thing you should erase totally from your mindset when starting out.

Instead, you should be focusing on these…

Potting is the end result of two things.

  • Good aiming
  • And straight cueing. 

When you learn and improve on these two things, you can actually improve at this part of the game very quickly!

Yes, it’s true, once you know how you’re set up on the shot and can deliver the cue in a relatively straight line 99% straight, you’ll soon become a potting machine.

Snooker is all about memory and consistent repetition. Doing the same thing consistently on every shot!

Watch the professionals as much as you can!

You’ll realize they are doing the same thing on every shot in a pre-shot routine that they’ve practiced on the practice table!

So as said before, forget about potting and making breaks, and focus on lining up on the shot right, and when down on the shot, delivering the cue in a straight line on the line of aim selected!

The breaks will then come naturally!

There are lots of great training aids out there for improving your aiming and cueing. Investing in one of these aids will help you improve much faster than just hoping to pot the ball.

Why Buy a Snooker Training Aid?

If you haven’t invested in at least one of the training aids reviewed in the SnookerZone Training Zone so far then why not?

The benefits are thus:

When buying an aiming training aid for snooker, you’ll learn:

  • How to set yourself up right on the shot!

Why is this important? Because 70% of the shot is done on the approach. If you line yourself up right on the shot, then you only have to worry about the other 30% which involves delivering the cue straight on the line of aim and keeping your mind focused on the pot. REMEMBER, MIND ON POT!

When buying a cueing training aid for snooker, such as the Blade Cue Pocket Trainer, you’ll learn:

  • How to deliver the cue straight on the line of aim!

Why is THIS is important? Because if you don’t deliver the cue straight you won’t pot the ball! However, if you do, it’s likely to be more luck than judgment down to steering the cue onto the line!

So, in summary, remember: Forget about potting, and start to focus practicing AIMING AND CUEING!

When you instill this into your mindset, you’ll see an instant improvement to your game!

Invest In Coaching!

Finally, as important as a training aid is, so is investing in the service of a good coach! A good coach will help you on the path to finding out what your ideal set up is on the shot, as well as going through the basics of grip, stance, cueing and follow through!

Check out some of the top coaches SnookerZone has interviewed in the Coaching Zone and invest in a great coach today! It will be the best investment you make on your road to improving better as a player!

Here’s to the coaches!

PS: SnookerZone will be interviewing more coaches in the future, so stay tuned!