If you are anything like me, you first saw snooker on the TV… fell in love with the game very quickly… and started playing as much as you could…
Unfortunately, you quickly realised that you can’t play snooker as well as you wish and that confidence, consistency, and concentration were not so easy to come by!
This led straight to frustration… doubt… inability to self diagnose… confusion … anger… rage… endless searching on internet… thinking too much… not knowing where to start to improve… going round in circles… wasting time guessing what to practice… or just wanting to bite, snap, or crush your cue!
Whether you are a business owner or professional person who plays as a hobby, an aspiring amateur, absolute beginner, or returning to the game and getting the cue out of the loft after 15 years ‘doing the family and career thing’… I have noticed after working with thousands of clients that the experiences above always seem to be the same…
When I was at that stage in my own game as a teenager in the 1980’s, a lot of coaching offered the following:
Instead of all this doubt and hopelessness, to experience the following:
You can carry on clutching at straws and guessing on your own – which I had to do for ten years playing the game virtually full time to be able to conquer my frustration and inability to pull my self out of ruts and problems.
You can carry on sifting through conflicting opinions on YouTube, Facebook, Forums, and in the club - not knowing for sure if you are doing the right thing... but wondering if in eight months or eight years time you will find out you have been following the incorrect advice correctly... or the correct advice incorrectly!
You can find a solution to solving your problems in the game with the world’s largest collection of resources for helping you ‘GO From Where You Are… To Where You Want To BE’…
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To help you learn these points and move forwards we use flow charts, video archive clips, and video analysis clips of players with issues like yours.
Our goal is to help you with your mind set, habit upgrades, shot making knowledge, and practice methodology.
You then learn about understanding the game itself and planning your improvement.
To help you do this, we offer the following:
You are then taken through the principles of HOW to practice, so that you get the most ‘Improvement Per Hour’ from your table time in your own individual situation.
Our 13 coaching, learning, and practice principles will get you fluent in these concepts…
You then cover WHAT to practice in your game for your given situation.
You will then want to know how to APPLY what you are learning into frames and matches.
To help you learn this, we have video clips from our archive that we have organised to give you an edge over your competition in this area. These cover match preparation, match psychology, shot selection, and other tips on how to do better in frames.
To put all this together for you and get you the individual attention that you need to get certain questions answered, we have some unique interactive services on offer that are unique in cue sports coaching.
We have a growing collection of Success Case Study videos that we will continue to add for your ongoing inspiration and learning. If you reach your targets and have a story to tell, I am happy to consider interviewing you in a case study video of your own.
Nic’s Favourite Things
I have assembled a collection of over 25 of my favourite training tools, cue tips, other equipment, secret resources, and awesome books to give you an edge over your competition. It has taken me 30 years to come up with this list – and I hope you agree they will give you the shortcuts and benefits I got from them.
Private Support Group (without the downsides of Facebook... because it is in your own membership area)
Here you share your trials and tribulations, and are able to give and receive comments to myself and other members.
Monthly Live Video Conference With Myself
We have pioneered this service in cue sports coaching, and this intimate yet informal service allows us all to connect as a group. In these live video calls I will answer questions submitted beforehand, and respond to live questions. Recordings of these calls will go into your membership area with the topics covered listed for ease of reference.
You can then let us know what you want to have in the Beat Your Highest Break Club.
The BYHB Club is very much a work in progress. We listen to all feedback, opinions, and ideas through various channels so that we can be responsive to your need to ‘GO From Where You Are… To Where You Want To BE’
Growing together requires more than just good content…
My brief history in snooker is:
|As a teenager, started categorising knowledge in the writing which was my first attempt at my long held dream of creating the ultimate resource for snooker knowledge.|
||Made first 100 break|
||Made first 147 break|
||Turned pro and competed on the pro tour for six years in the world’s top 200 players|
|1998||Decided that continuing my snooker playing career would slow down my dreams in teaching players about the game… so stopped playing immediately and launched Nic Barrow Snooker Schools in Oxford. Very shortly afterwards, I applied for the job as UAE National Team Coach based in Dubai, was accepted, and stayed 7 years.|
|2004||I took my Examiner Certifications in Hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy, and Neuro Linguistic Programming – helping me know how to deal with all levels of players more effectively.|
The world amateur body (the IBSF) appointed me head coach trainer – and over the next ten years I used The Snooker Gym methods to certify over 150 coaches for them.
I worked with Ronnie O’Sullivan… rekindling the relationship we had as players when we competed together in pro-am competitions many times as kids (I even won a match against him when he was 15!)
I was in World Snooker’s WPBSA coaching team with Steve Davis OBE where I certified coaches with them for 5 years.
I was appointed by the English Association for Snooker & Billiards (EASB) to lead the technical part of their coach certification programme for 6 years.
I worked with Ding Junhui during his five ranking tournament winning season – helping him rise from number 10 in the world to number 1 for the first time… in a period of six weeks.
Won the APCTC Specialist Coach Of The Year Award - a prestigious trophy
|2015||Made the world’s first head cam 100 break. Watch the video HERE|
|2016||We were the first YouTube snooker coaching channel with 10,000 subscribers|
Mark White from the USA, who made his first total clearance – a 137.
Denis Soriano from France, who was delighted to make his first 40 break in a frame.
Simon Wong from Australia, who was excited to make his first colours clearance in a match.
Hussam Al Saffar from Denmark, who was amazed to win his first tournament in super-quick time.
Morteza Wejdani of Bahrain, who applied technique and training principles over a two year period to make his first 100 break in a frame.
Atle Sponberg of Norway, who stuggled to make a 30 break on the ‘line up’ routine, but within a year had made his first ‘line up’ century.
Umr Hayat from Norway, who had taken five years to reach 36 centuries, but after one session and one more year of playing had passed the 100 centuries milestone.
Watching content is not the same as diagnosing your issues properly. Knowing what suits you as a player, and having a step by step plan of action is what saves you all the years of heartache that most other players experience.
The low, Netflix-style payments are made monthly. There are no minimum periods of membership, and you can cancel with two clicks at any time from within your membership area.
In fact, whilst a lot of the content I produce addresses technical issues – that is because most players in the world who I am aiming at have these issues. The better the player, the more of my time is spent working on psychology, practice, match craft, and tournament preparation.
I have heard this from players who have seen me working with high level players and working with their psychology - but I then refer them to the previous question!
Einstein once said: ‘Things should be as simple as possible – but no simpler’. Snooker is one of the most difficult games in the world – so difficult that even Ronnie O’Sullivan has not been able to master it. As such I will give as little as I can but as much as is needed for you to ‘GO From Where You Are… To Where You Want To BE’.
I don’t want to overwhelm members with unnecessary content for the sake of it (even though I could, just to satisfy my ego and feel really clever etc!)… yet if you are able to get through all the membership tasks and content within 12 months I am happy to give you a very special prize!
You are welcome to donate to my pension fund if you really want to! However, I usually prefer to give something in return – and in the membership area you will find ways to upgrade your content, take face to face coaching, or get distance video coaching.
We operate a wait list policy in the Beat Your Highest Break Club. This gives us the opportunity to manage the attention we give to the members, and incorporate feedback before inviting new members.