Monday’s Snooker Session

Strange evening really. I started out much more confident than usual after having a great practice session at the weekend, and I played well for the first two best of sevens. No massive breaks but I hit over ten 20+ breaks in a short time. The run of the balls was terrible – bad pack splits, nasty cannons, you name it, it happened. Had the run been a bit better I think I could have had a few fiftys at least. Laurence played pretty poorly (he’d probably agree with me) and struggled to find any form all evening. He had a couple of good frames later on in the session but overall I think his mind was elsewhere, which I could tell as he kept miscounting my breaks (something I do myself when my head is all over the place).

Me 4-1 Laurence

67-60, 57-47, 64-19 (35), 41-57, 79-27

Me 4-2 Laurence

59-68, 73-40 (46), 60-18, 48-58, 64-53 (48 [jimbo]) 50-12

Me 3-4 Laurence

71-16, 48-25, 17-51, 30-54, 30-57, 76-33 (37, 33 [jimbo]), 46-69

Session stats:

Frames:18

Time Taken: 4.5 hrs

Average Frame Time: 15 mins

Overall Frame Score: Me 11-7 Laurence

Jimbo breaks: 35, 46, 48, 37, 33 (10 x 20+ breaks)

Laurence breaks: (7 x 20+ breaks)

Jimbo’s rating for Jimbo’s performance: 5/10

Jimbo’s rating for Laurence’s performance: 3/10

Laurence and I have decided to try and video one or two of our practice sessions. We think this will help us to analyse what we’re doing when we are playing well. We’ll be able to watch our pace, technique and the all-crucial timing of our shots. Hopefully this will give us some insight into how we might become more consistent. On the flip side, videoing us playing bad will give us something visual to compare against when we are playing well. It will be interesting to see the differences in posture, speed, shot approach, timing and general attitude when playing bad vs playing great. When we’ve got some good clips, I’ll post them here on Jimbozone with an indepth analysis.

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2 Responses to Monday’s Snooker Session

  1. laurence says:

    Not sure what happened to my game last night. I didn’t get one break over 30 which may not have happened over a long sesh b4 but on a positive note I still enjoyed the game and didnt get frustrated which I think is because I have the confidence that my game will improve – it’s just a case of practising more. Whilst I know James can play a lot better it was good to hear him talking positively and I’m sure he’s going to improve no end now he knows ‘it’s’ been there all the time – just a case of programming the mind. Should be easy enough?!!

  2. jimbo says:

    Forgot to mention: The music at Riley’s is getting louder and getting worse! Later on in the evening I think we were both affected by it – I certainly was during the last few frames. Everyone up there seems ignorant to the fact that you need a bit of quiet to play good snooker. I guess its not so bad if you like the music… but the stuff they play is shite! Shame they didn’t partition off the snooker tables into a seperate room! Trouble is there’s nowhere else decent enough to play snooker in Folkestone: Lanterns snooker hall is disgusting and stinks of smoke and the tables are shocking, the Hilton only has one good table but its right by the bar so you get people sitting in your way as you play your shots, and all the other venues I can think of only have one table – no good if you want to play all evening!

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