WPBSA Snooker Coach Rob Reed on the Misconceptions of Coaching

A Man of Many Talents: Rob Reed

Being a coach is a lot different to being a player says WPBSA snooker coach Rob Reed, who is the man behind the great new product just released – the Ghost Ball Potting Aid.

SnookerZone caught up with Rob to get the lowdown on his views on coaching and what he’s been doing other than creating great products such as the GPPA.

He’s currently in the middle of recording a series of great interviews where he’ll be interviewing – like SnookerZone people from the world of the green baize – only through a podcast

From Colchester, Reed got into snooker when he spent long hours working in Germany, and ended up playing on the only snooker table there and got hooked.

Reed said his passion for getting into snooker coaching started with his obsession for studying the game and the proud achievement of maximizing other people’s potential.

However, he said: “I’m not a full-time coach, and can never see a time where I will become a full-time coach. I have got many other things I’m passionate about that also require a lot of time. I have recently just quit my full-time job to dedicate myself to both my businesses; RR Cue Cases and CueZone. Within CueZone I will be coaching but I have other things in mind to grow the company and people dedicated enough to want to improve.”

For a coach to maximize other people’s potential, Reed said that one aspect of a good coach must be their desire to maximize their own potential, otherwise, he said, how can you help achieve someone else’s potential?

He added: “It is absolutely not important for a coach to have been a Pro Player as playing and coaching are completely different skill sets. Anyone that says you need to have been at the top level to be a good coach, doesn’t truly understand what a coach does. Look at Jose Mourinho, Richard Williams and Angelo Dundee to name a few. There’s lots of education needed as to what a coach’s role is and why it’s vital to have one if you ever want to improve in any way.”

For Reed, proud moments in a coaching career have been moments at the grassroots level such as where he got a text from a player only this week – one who plays pool – who said despite the conditions he was forced to play in, still ended up winning his match.

Reed added: “I coach him on the snooker table to develop his pool game and he’s improved massively. He’s also grown a love for snooker so I’ll cut him a little slack for being a pool player… but not too much!”

Coaching Misconceptions

So what does Reed think you need to be a good snooker coach (or sports coach) in general?

It’s these four traits and characteristics:

  • Value-driven.
  • Humility.
  • Self-Awareness.
  • And, most importantly, the drive for personal development.

No Such Thing as a Bad Student? 

Indeed, Reed says some people who seek coaching have a misconception about what the relationship entails and the sort of contract there is between a teacher and pupil.

Anyone who’s watched the Karate Kid films may well realize it’s not just about doing what the teacher tells you to do. There is no such thing as a bad student. Only a bad teacher. Teacher says, Student, do.

Reed believes this when it comes to the coach/pupil philosophy.

“A misunderstanding of what is required to develop. Most people think their commitment to becoming a better player is handing over some cash and they will get better. No! That’s the first commitment. The next is pure discipline to do what the coach recommends, and the third is patience to see that improvement. As I said above, the coach isn’t just technical. He provides much more than that. But there are two reasons why you will not be a good player, and that’s the coach AND the player. Firstly, you need a good, qualified coach that suits you. Secondly, and most importantly, YOU need to invest in yourself. It’s very simple; the action you take will determine the results you achieve.

Training AIds Should Not Replace Coaches

Although Reed has created the GBPA, he thinks there is mileage in every single training aid on the market, but thinks that some players have another misconception about what a training aid is there to do.

He said: “Every single training aid is good, if it helps you. A good coach will identify what will help you and best effect the use of it to enable you to have the best progression in your game. I will say this though; No matter what you buy to help you improve, and I’m sure you will, you will never get 100% benefit from that if unless you use it in conjunction with proper coaching. None of these coaching aids are intended to replace coaching; quite the opposite actually. They are there to supplement coaching and give the best, quickest and easiest way to learn how to play the game. Another misconception that buying any coaching aid will almost play snooker for you…”

Finally, Reed, who is working wholly on his own businesses, has just quit as a Rotary Pilot in the British Army.

SnookerZone wishes Rob Reed well in his entrepreneurial career and thanks him for his time.