I am a terrible snooker player...

Snooker pro

I have a confession.

My name is Pete and I am terrible snooker player!

There you go I have admitted it, finally, a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

But do you know what? I am fine with it, I am fine with the fact that I will probably never make a century break. I am fine that my twice weekly game can be utterly frustrating because I know I don't have the time to dedicate myself to the game. That is in itself OK. It's all about being honest, knowing yourself and understanding where you really fit in.

Without some form of dedication to the game you are very unlikely to progress as a player. 

Whether you spend £30 or £400 on a snooker cue it is not going to make a blind bit of difference to your overall ability if you do not first learn to develop the fundamentals of the correct stance, grip and a nice solid cue action. Those fundamentals don't just appear over night they only really come from practice.

If you can't dedicate the time to practice then that is cool you are just like me.

I love the game of snooker. It is one of those games that can actually stay with you forever, we have men in our local league well into their 80's who still enjoy hacking around on a table, experiencing the social aspect of snooker, getting out of the house for a bit to do something away from the norm.

Snooker is accessible, anyone can play it, very few are able to master it.

I am pretty confident saying that if you are reading this then you are also not a master of this great game.

Some of you will be regular century break players, some of you will be struggling to get into double figures. Whatever your level of ability do not ever lose the fact that the game is there to be enjoyed.

For 2017 one of my own personal challenges is to get my first 50 break at snooker, for this I am going to need to play more.

However, the fact that I am terrible at playing the game doesn't mean I don't understand it. I have been trading online as Billiards Boutique for over 11 years now.

I understand the needs of you as a customer, I have tried lots of the products on the market, I know what makes a great snooker cue, how they feel, how they should feel. I just can't seem to do anything with them! That is a failing of my ability as a player not on my ability to be able to help you find an awesome cue that is going to perhaps give you the confidence and drive to get out there and put some dedication in to take your game up to a 50 break or beyond this year.

If you have set yourself any personal snooker challenges for 2017 I would love to read them, just hit reply to this email and I will get back to you.

I hope you have had a great start to the New Year, if you need any help or advice then give me a shout.

Kind regards

Pete Williams - Billiards Boutique

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John Ogle - May 29, 2017

Hi Pete, I have loved reading your Blog , and am eagerly awaiting the delivery of my recent purchase from you. A Peradon Royal 3/4 jointed snooker cue and 3/4 attache case. I played regularly as a teenager into mid twenties but could never master the game. But after recently watching the crucible world championships I have been inpired to take up the game again at the age of 68, hence my recent purchase. I played my first game for over 40 years, the other day at our local ex-servicemans club borrowing one of their cues and managed a break of 9 Wow!!! I was thrilled. Now looking for that elusive double figure break. Anyway can’t wait for the cue to arrive and being retired, I am looking forward to enjoying many more games and build upon that 9 break.

Matthew Morgan - February 15, 2017

Hey col i recently started playing snooker again after a few years and ive sey myself the same goal as yourself i get regular 20 breaks just cant get over thst hurdle of 50. I also had a nighmare last week where my cue broke so need to find a new one if you have any suggestions that would be great at the moment im looking at a brittannia falcon cue anyway all the best with your goal and i hope you achieve it soon all the best

Pete Williams - January 26, 2017

Dean, I wish you all the best with the goal of a century break. Play enough and do the right kind of practice then I am sure you will get there, a year is a long time so you have plenty of days to get it done.

Col, honesty is the best policy in my view. As we get older, have families and responsibility I think things like snooker take a bit of a back burner. I hope I can put the hours in to get the magical 50!

Dean Griffin - January 11, 2017

I have a highest break of 55 many many years ago!
I regularly get breaks in 20’s but in 2017 I have set a target of a century, many people have said that I won’t make it, they have been trying for years and haven’t achieved it!
I have self belief & the right temperant & attitude to achieve it, I am certain that I will achieve it this year.
I have already had a break of 53 this year

Col - January 11, 2017

At least your honest Pete,like yourself,I no longer have the time to dedicate to my love of pool,,many years ago i would be out playing in various different leagues 5 nights a week then play a county match on a Sunday,,,Nowadays,it’s once a week,Thursday night league with no time to practice inbetween,,really gets to ya if you miss a shot that in your mind,you know that 9 times out of 10 you’d pot,,Hey ho,,At least,I still manage to win more than what i lose so I’m happy with that,,keep potting away mate,hopefully you’ll hit your magical 50 real soon,Best of luck,Col…..

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