years gone by, many people
would have played billiards before moving on to snooker.
This would have provided them with the skill and knowledge which
could be utilised to good effect on the snooker table. In the modern
era many of today's snooker players have never experienced the benefits
of playing and learning the game of billiards.
can sometimes affect shot selection due to a lack of awareness.
of the core skills of billiards is the half-ball in-off. This is
a shot frequently played in billiards to continue a break, sending
the white ball into the pocket off balls positioned centrally in
the middle and towards the bottom of the table.
the examples shown in the pictures opposite and then seek to use
your increased knowledge of angles if the opportunity arises during
a red is situated over a pocket and there is no clear path to it
from the white, then consider attacking the red by playing the white
off another red and cannoning the white onto the ball over the pocket.
The natural instinct is to try and pot one red onto another in this
situation, but you will discover that it is easier to cannon the
cue ball off the first red to pot the second.
from both sides of the table to familiarise yourself with the reaction
of the cue ball. The shots shown are played half-ball, without side,
to achieve the cannon and pot of the ball over the pocket.
with side and also with different strength of shots to see how it
affects the cue balls path.
your knowledge in abstract areas of the game will enhance your overall
understanding of snooker and greatly accelerate your learning curve.
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