In this video I look at a very useful routine that you see many of the professionals practicing.
I look at some of the key things to think about, and how a good pre-shot-routine and consistent pace around the table can help improve your snooker.
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so in this video I'm going to talk through an exercise that I recently did so I did a tea exercise which is a practice routine that you've probably seen the professional players doing and you put the balls in a tea formation around the pink and the black spot and then you try make a break and maybe even clear the table so what I wanted to talk about in this video is a few things about rhythm approaching the shot consistently in the same way each time standing behind the line of the shot and then a few things about shot selection as well so if I start the video and we'll have a look at me playing this tea exercise and just talk through some of the things I'm doing so you can see on the first shot I'm standing behind the line of the shot properly and then walking into the shop doing my feathers to prepare and play the shot second shot I'm standing behind the line of the shot again get down to the shop doing my feathers play the shot so obviously I'm having to fetch the balls out in this exercise for myself because I'm practicing on my own here so really good practice routine all the balls around the pink and the black spot in the area where you'll be doing a lot of your scoring so little delicate shot there bridging out early or the Reds so each time you can see that I'm standing behind the line of the shot I'm chalking my cue before I play the shot and then I'm getting down and keeping a good rhythm on every single shot that I play here so nicely on this red above the black now here so you can see standing behind the line of the shot again getting down to the shot doing my feathers nice control of the cue there and again you'll see me walking around now standing behind the line of the shot first and then getting down to the shot and each time I'm standing behind the line of the shop here I've really I'm picking a plan and I'm picking exactly what I'm doing with the white and what I want to do on that shot so I'm making a decision while I'm standing up about whether I'm playing storm screw or topspin and how I'm then gonna get to my next the next ball that I need to pot so standing up behind the line of a shot on this black here then to the shop again doing my feathers and you can see that each time I'm playing the shots here q is nice and under control there's no shot to where I rushed love the little the delivery of the Q so each time I have a couple of feathers pull back nice and smooth and then apply the shot so you can see a lot of players and the reason why I wanted to do this video is a lot of players when they're on a break they'll get faster and faster and almost just they'll get a little bit of anxiety when they're playing shots and they'll try to hurry up on the break almost like anxieties creeping in they're getting a little bit nervous as the breaks getting a bit higher and then they forget to do their pre shot routine and they lose that discipline that we should all be trying to have on every single shot so you can see now a little bit of chalk on my cue standing behind the line of the shot there then I've picked the shot get down to play the shot nice and smooth with the cue there and once again you'd probably just show me saw me chalk my cue as I walk round the table there so just out of have it I actually chalked it again they're standing behind the line of the shot down to the red little storm shot down the table and you can actually see here on these reds the level with the pink spot here that I'm actually choosing to play these here using the pink ball it's just a little bit easier here for me to keep getting to these Reds that are each side of the pink you find on the pink ball I'm just moved if I was to play on the black here I'm just moving the whiter end a little bit more so just to keep things nice and simple I'm just playing a few of these reds here with the pink each time so that the white you can see is not moving big distances you can see my speed around the table here standing behind the line of the shot once again nice control of the cue by the shot so you can see that I'm not speeding up here as I'm getting further along through this exercise I'm just trying to keep the same rhythm that I had right from the first shot nice and controlled and again you can just see these little delicate screw shots that these do require some practice to keep the white wonder really good control around the pink spot here you can just see that if it's possible for the last few shots I haven't even managed or I haven't even needed to use a cushion here I've just managed to play little stone shots around the pink spot little stuns and screws without even having to use a cushion to control the white so you can actually see one of the things I've got is a little chalk pouch that I just put on my belt of my jeans there and that just means that I've got easy access to my chalk for every single shot there so you'll see a lot of the professional players will use a little chalk back to when they're practicing and it just means that they don't lose their rhythm and they've just got easy access to their chalk and they just have the same preparation then for every single shot and they've rethink what we're trying to do is make sure that everything is eases consistent and the same as we can possibly keep making and keep it so then till the last few Reds now in this exercise so it's playing gently onto the black here from this red if I was to just stop this here if you just see me looking at this black here I'm actually going to put the white in this area here that I've shown on the screen and the reason I'm going to do that is because this red on the right-hand side here now furthest to the right of the table that's a little bit of a problem because that's a difficult red to be able to reach I'll probably need the rest for that or maybe I could get the white in a position where I could get my hand on the table but I know that for a right-handed player like myself that's the last awkward red in this situation so I want to get rid of that ready for I possibly can so on this black here I'm actually going to take the opportunity to put the white in a position where I can play for that awkward red and I can also apply for the red that's underneath the ping so I I don't just need to what I'm doing is I'm making sure that if the white isn't absolutely perfectly positioned on this awkward red then I've got another red that I can also be on as well so that's why I chose here to plane to that little area there where I've got maybe the red that I want to move and a reserved red as well so I am on both Reds and actually as it happened I'm reasonably straight on this red to the corner so I can use the rest as long as I'll just play a little gentle screw shop I can get the white back onto the pink ball again here so using the rest here just making sure you clean your ami I was nice and careful I'm not shot extra few feathers to make sure that I was happy that I'd put the white and I was aiming on the correct line and I was going to pop the red so again on this shot here the pink I'm just taking the opportunity to know playful both reds again here but I'd prefer to be on the one furthest to the left of the table as we're looking now because again that's the last one that is going to be a little bit tricky the other ones right in the middle of the table shows shouldn't be too difficult so potting this one here coming back across for the pink into the same pocket fractionally short with my position there what you'll see can you see the way I'm still getting right behind the line of the shot there and then walking in then a plate round off two cushions so that I bring the white back into the middle of the table so that I can get my hand on the table for these red if I would have just rolled that pink in there's a good chance that I would have left the white a little bit too close to the side cushion and then it would have made pot in this red more difficult now if I was to just stop the video here again this last red and I always say to people it's always a useful tip when you're on the last red in any clearance most of the time we don't actually need to have to apply position on the black ball so if you can play for the blue or even play for a ball call out off the last red and then it just makes it much much easier off a ball color or the blue to get to the yellow then to complete your clearance if you play for the black here which is what a lot of players do it just means then that they've got to get from the black all the way up to the yellow and it's much more difficult then to keep the white on the perfect control so what I chose to do here was just pop this red play the white stomach roundoff two cushions and then up for a board color and whichever color I land on best up in bulk I'll play that one and then try and complete the clearance so if we just carry on the video here you see I've gotten that red played the white back up the table and I've actually finished perfectly on the green here so if you watch me on this green shot here you see me get into the shot then I'll move my head not quite sure what I'm doing there so I actually stand up off the shot settle myself again to play that shot so I stand up get myself behind the line of the shot again ready to play the shot so you see a lot of players they'll get down to the shop I haven't quite made their mind up or they're not sure what shop to play and if that's ever the case then it's absolutely vitally important that you stand back up again you start your pre shot routine again so you stand back up shortly Q and then get back down to the line of shot with the new shot that you're an airplane fresh in your mind so you're comfortable and you know exactly what you're going to do on the shot so I've made my mind up there I've potted the green nicely and now I've just got to try and complete the colors clearance so standing behind the line of the shot again walking into the shot once again you can see that my rhythm here never changes I'm always approaching the shots in the same way so standing behind the shot each time nice pace around the table trying to maintain the same speed that I was right at the beginning of the break again walking around the table easy access to my chalk in the little pouch there standing behind the line walk into the shot using the cushion there from brown to blue which I've talked about in previous videos you'll always see the professionals when they can use the cushion just makes it much easier to get to the blue on a nice line so that you don't risk playing along the face of the blue so potted the blue there nicely on the pink now it's the natural angle to Rome it's pinking so I just rolled it again to finish nicely on the black same pre shot routine on the black here and potting the black there and you can see just staying down on the shot and that's the clearance completed so a few tips in this video then about discipline maintaining the same pace around the table and having a consistent approach to each shot so you see a lot of club players like I mentioned in the video when they're in amongst the balls and they're making a break as they go through the break they end up getting faster and faster and they lose that discipline and they forget to go through the important things that we should be doing with our technique so that extra discipline making sure that you always complete your pre shot routine and decide before you get down to the shot exactly what you're going to do is vitally important for getting more consistent at snooker so I hope you found this video useful and if you did please give the video a like and if you want to see more instructional tutorials just like this one and please subscribe to the channel thanks for watching Cheers