And your confidence!
I’ll be honest.
I hated straight potting. For months I’ve been avoiding it. Asking, why do I need to do it?
And then, after some soul searching, I decided to devote most of my time to it over the last few weeks in solo practice.
Let’s face it, constantly drilling in straight pots isn’t exactly FUN, is it?.
We recommend you do 10 at a time. Start with close-range ones, and gradually increase the distance of the cue ball and object ball to gain confidence.
And it’s ESSENTIAL if you want to improve!
Because if you miss, then it can only be down to not delivering the cue straight. Aiming is out of the equation.
You see, if you can’t cue straight on a straight pot, then how are you supposed to cue an angled pot?
This is one of the drags of practice. As well as doing the things you love, you HAVE to do the things you find the most boring.
In anything, you have things you love to practice, and things you hate.
It’s life, right?
But, in order to get better at anything, you have to not only work at it, but you have to do the things that you don’t want to do, or don’t really love to do.
Am I right? Of course I am lol.
Anyway, one of the most important aspects of snooker practice that will help improve not only your snooker cueing, but also your confidence, is…STRAIGHT POTTING.
In the past few weeks, SnookerZone has been devoting a lot of time to this one aspect of practice, along with using Nic Barrow’s Cue Action Trainer, and, we’ve started seeing the benefits of it come out in our game.
One of the things you can do if you have access to the CAT, is practice straight potting in potting mode with it, and do a few sets of pots.
But then, move the CAT aside, and do more sets WITHOUT the CAT. You will notice a major difference straight away.
Here’s three quick tips to help get you started with improving your straight cueing:
========> Every pot, regardless of its difficulty needs 100% care and attention. One of the reasons why people miss close-range straight shots is because of rushing on the shot, and not taking that bit of extra care on the shot! (This happened towards the end of the video, where we missed one). It was down to rushing.
=======> Practicing (at home, or away) delivering the cue in a consistent rhythm and tempo. Ideally, you want a pendulum style action that is the same on the backswing and the forward swing! You can use the CAT (again, at home or away to hone a nice pendulum style cue action! Believe me, it will come in handy!)
======> Making sure there’s a nice pause on your final backswing before you deliver the cue. It doesn’t matter how long, but if you watch the pros, (near enough all have at least a 1 – 2-second pause before delivery. Some are a bit longer but not much.
So, do you crave to feel what REAL straight cueing feels like? We recommend the CAT for that. 100%.
Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years’ experience writing for the web.
He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!