Nic Barrow's The Snooker Gym ... "We Train Frustrated Amateurs, To Beat Their Highest Break"

Case Studies: The Snooker Gym Player of the Quarter…

other topics psychology technique Jan 08, 2021

Well done to Rick H who won The Snooker Gym Player Of The Quarter Award.

One of Rick's achievements this quarter was to make a 56 break on a ten red line up, and said: "Never thought I’d ever do that in my life….!

Much more confident to just hit the shot and not worry about the result. It’s amazing how much more goes in if you concentrate on the process and not the result!"

This decision to separate the addiction to a shot result, from attention to the pre / during / and post shot processes, is a huge step. It is what separates players who can never get into making 30 breaks, from those who can derive enjoyment and improvement from the game most times they play.

Ian B was in second place.
Ian's major achievement of the quarter are firstly demonstrating having great stick-to-it-ness regardless of progress.
In addition was his installation of a totally robust and consistent Eye-Cue Action (IE synchronising cueing actions with eye movements), regardless of shot or situation.
This in itself can only be done properly when one's default settings are chosen, tested, and installed as automatic habits. NOT having a totally robust Eye-Cue Action is a MAJOR reason why players of 50+ highest break standard don't have consistency, and we are virtually certain to never get a ton without this being in our game.

Philippe E was in third place. At the risk of labouring this point that I keep bringing up, players who are pilots (as Philippe is) and scientists take to the pre / during / on post shot routines like a duck to water.
Think about it - would you like to be flown somewhere by a pilot who does no pre flight checks, does not have Standard Operating Procedures in flight, or does not have to check whether you have landed in the correct place?
For most players not exposed to these three phases in their work there can be a lot of inertia stopping them from making the effort pre and post shot.... because I "...just want to stop wasting time and get on with getting the ball in."
But Philippe exemplifies the ability to concentrate on applying the primary things (processes), and to observe rather than judge the secondary things (results).
It is this decision to prioritise observation ahead of judgement that determines the amount of Improvement Per Hour you experience at the table.

This imposter of judgement has two forms that are both as harmful as each other:

  • Positive judgement / celebration of our best shots.
  • Negative judgement / disgust at our worst shots.

Overall, well done to all our winners from last Quarter.
Normally there is only one winner but on this occasion I had to recognize the two other players who had done so well.

The Snooker Gym Player Of The Quarter is for players who have a monthly agreement with me or other Snooker Gym Licensee coaches and therefore use the TrueCoach practice scheduling, support, and accountability platform.