I am a terrible snooker player...
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.
Pete Williams - Billiards Boutique