Nic Barrow’s Cue Action Recorder 2.0:
Cue Straighter, Cue Smoother. Better Potting, Better Positional Play.
Reveals Hidden Errors In Your Cue Action, Which Video Analysis Cannot See.
Version 2.0 now has DOUBLE the resolution, and an even SMOOTHER output trace for your cue action!
Gives PLAYERS a huge advantage over your opponents.
Gives COACHES an increased income stream.
Gives ACADEMIES a reason for players to come to you.
See, Compare, Perfect…
See your own unique ‘Cue Action Signature’ in a way that video cannot reveal:
The wireless transmitter is held in place with a wrist band. It connects with two clicks and sends information to the USB receiver plugged into your laptop / computer.
Putting the wrist band on…
Putting the transmitter into the wrist band…
The picture below shows my training room set up for filming a Cue Action Recorder session…
The 9 minute video shows how the Cue Action Recorder appears on the computer screen…
Compare your action in the software with the Cue Action Signatures of your favourite top professionals EG:
- Ronnie O’Sullivan
- Shaun Murphy
- Neil Robertson
- Mark Selby
- (new players uploaded subject to demand)
Perfect your Cue Action Phases one at a time at a pace of learning that suits you
- Start Position
- Cueing Actions
- Tip Address Distance To Cue Ball
- Front Cue Ball Check
- Gear Change/Rear Pause Tempo
- Follow Through
After deciding to purchase, you will also receive a collection of written & video Cue Action Consultations that I provide for my clients.These help you to apply the knowledge of Cue Action Phases to your own cue action (or, if you are a coach, for your clients).
If you are a coach, the Cue Action Recorder provides an incredible feedback tool that usually yields results in your clients action within a 10-15 minute consultation.
Simply refer to the Cue Action Phases document, and previous written & video Cue Action Consultations to see how your Cue Action Signature compares to the best.
You will also be able to make Facebook posts of your own, or of client’s, Cue Action Signatures. With a simple written commentary by yourself, you can generate lots of comments which will be good exposure for coaches or good friend building if you are a player.
Snooker is a game of CUE CONTROL
with the balls simply giving feedback
on how well you have delivered the cue…
Any player’s cue needs only to do three things to play perfect snooker:
- Deliver on the line of aim.
- Aiming does not take that long to learn to a decent level.
- Deliver at the correct height (or side spin point) on the cue ball.
- Cue ball control requires that the speed of your stroke is correct even if you strike the correct height on the cue ball.
- Deliver at the correct speed.
- Cue ball control requires that the speed of your stroke is correct as well as striking the correct height on the cue ball.
- If you over accelerate the cue, the muscle tension and resulting body movement can easily pull the cue off the line of aim (and missing the pot), even when your aiming is perfect.
So, being able to effectively manage the smoothness of acceleration of your cue is vital if you are to reach your potential as a player.
The Cue Action Recorder is the world’s easiest, most powerful coaching tool to achieve this aim.
Great results in your Cue Action Signature can often be achieved within 15 minutes of your first session.
The following examples give insight into how you may learn these principles in your own game.
Examples of various Cue Action Signatures – using players of different standards.
How to read the charts:
- The horizontal line along the middle of the picture represents the cue ball.
- The blue line is where the players tip is relative to the cue ball.
- When the blue line goes down, it is moving away from the cue ball and vice versa.
- When the blue line is flat, the tip is still (not moving).
- The tip strikes the cue ball when the blue line crosses the central cue ball line.
- Yellow lines are Cue Action Signatures being compared with the existing blue line – which may be from the same player or a different player.
Nic was a professional for seven years, made his first 147 in 1991 and is considered to have a ‘model cue action’. After purchase, you will receive the traces of other players and a variety of other club players and amateurs that you can learn from.
- Cue actions get shorter and shorter, as if ‘homing in on’ the cue ball.
- Tip close to cue ball, allowing player to check and remember where they are addressing the cue ball. This helps you to get feedback after the shot.
This also makes aiming easier, because the cue and cue ball become a collective item with which you aim the object ball – rather than aiming the cue to the cue ball and then to the object ball.
- Nice check at the cue ball to make sure the tip is still in the centre (or with the correct amount of side spin) and at the correct height on the cue ball.
- Controlled ‘Gear Change’ between backswing and delivery.
- Smooth acceleration into cue ball.
- Full, long follow through (300 millimetres)
Nic Barrow compared with yellow trace of ranking tournament winner Chris Small.
Chris Small’s Cue Action Signature shows:
- Consistent cueing rhythm.
- Tip close to cue ball.
- Controlled backswing.
- Smooth delivery.
- Long follow through.
- The tempo, rhythm and distances of their own Cue Action Signature is unique to each player. Whilst all different, the top players do tend to have certain cue action characteristics in common.
Nic Barrow compared with yellow trace of ranking tournament winner Chris Small.
Nic Barrow compared with yellow trace of the typical club player.
The Club Player Cue Action Signature shows:
- Only one cue action. This makes aiming and checking the cue ball address position very difficult to do consistently unless you are at a professional standard.
- Cue action longer than final backswing, causing extra stress in cueing arm, a tendency to rush to get the tip back to the cue ball, and difficulty getting the tip close to cue ball because the movements are so big.
- Hesitant gear change between backswing and delivery, with neither a defined stop or a simple back and forwards ‘one piece cue action’ like Jimmy White, Peter Ebdon or Mark Allen.
- Sharp acceleration at beginning of delivery, increasing muscle tension and body movement.
- Short follow through, reducing chance of effortless power – and often showing that the grip hand has tightened up on delivery and acted as a brake on the cue. This would have the effect of slowing its acceleration making the shot require more effort, as well as moving the cue off line through excess muscle tension.
Nic Barrow compared with the yellow trace of the classic tense cue action.
The Classic Tense Cue Action Signature shows:
- Short, choppy cueing actions. These require muscle tension to perform which will take the cue off the line of aim. They also make it very difficult to get the tip close to the cue ball.
- Sharp backswing, which again can only be done with muscle tension which moves the body. It is also more difficult to control the exact length of backswing (which in turn controls the power of the shot).
- The two stage delivery… you can see on the yellow trace that toward the end of the backswing there is an initial stop. This was the initial gear change, or ‘pause’, at the end of the backswing. But because the length of the backswing was not enough, the cue suddenly pulls back again and then sharply accelerates forward – all of which increase tension and reduce control.
Amateur Player 1:
This rather unique Cue Action Signature, whilst looking very busy to some, in fact has some very good qualities.
Consistent cueing actions, tip close to cue ball, a nice front check and controlled backswing/delivery complete a nice package that worked well for that particular player.
‘Before & After’ comparison with a players own Cue Action Signature.
Here we see the blue trace which was the players first shot using the Cue Action Recorder, compared with their shot ten minutes later after having used the software to analyse their own action.
The improvements in yellow (after), over blue (before) are:
- Slightly more time spent cueing up – 6 seconds plus compared with 5 seconds, giving a bit more time to settle at the shot.
- The cueing actions are slightly smoother (less steep slopes on the back and forth actions), meaning less muscle tension and the tip finding it easier to settle closer to the cue ball.
- Longer, more definite check of the tip at the cue ball before the final backswing.
- A smoother transition between the backswing and delivery with a definite gear change, or ‘pause’.
The following videos show the soft launch of the Cue Action Recorder delivered at the IBSF World Amateur Championships Cue Zone in Latvia, 2013.
Video 1 – Introduction, with first public demonstration of the Cue Action Recorder.
Video 2 – ‘Compare Your Cue Action With A Pro’
Here, we import the trace of a professional player to compare against your own action.
This allows you to see the differences between your Cue Action Signature and that of the professional…
Prepared to be amazed at the differences you will see…
Video 3 – The Cue Action Signature Of A Professional
More discussion on the characteristics of a professional’s cue action…
How to use the software
After you have purchased, you will receive an immediate download link. This takes about two minutes to install. The instruction manual you receive will have you operating the software within five minutes after you receive the transmitter and receiver it by post and charge them.
Simple, intuitive software to use.
After placing the transmitter into the supplied wrist band, and connecting the receiver to the computer by USB cable, you operate the Cue Action Recorder in three simple steps:
- Stop the tip at cue ball – press ‘Set’ so that software knows where the cue ball is.
- Press record to start the Cue Action Recorder.
- Play a number of shots from the same cue ball position to see your Cue Action Signature for the very first time!
Windows PCs / Laptops Using Windows XP, Vist, 7 or 8
MAC (running Parallels, Bootcamp, or other partition software with use of Windows)
Can be operated on your own.
With two people using it together, it will be a little easier.
The unit usually takes 28 days to arrive, although depending on stock levels and country of delivery this can reduce to 14 days.
This unit would have cost around £6,400 in 2010, but today’s price is much lower than that. due to the improved manufacturing processes for the sensor…
Remember, even if you are a player rather than a coach, you can still charge local players have a Cue Action Recorder session with you – meaning you could get your purchase price back within very little time in ten sessions.
Simply use the video based product materials to learn how to help other players through use of the unit.
The extra enjoyment you get from improved cue control will be huge for as long as you play snooker – which for many enthusiasts could be a very long time!
With no other unit like it in the world, can you afford NOT to go ahead and purchase your unit today?
Nic Barrow’s 1,000% Satisfaction Guarantee:
If you do not feel that the benefits to your game / the time you saved from finding these answers yourself from this product will be 10 times (1,000%) more than the value of your money & time for buying & using it then please return it for a full refund within 60 days.