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Snooker training: exercises to learn snooker

I can understand the frustration of a snooker player at the beginning. If there is no success, motivation quickly disappears. Without motivation, training is seldom done and success is not achieved - a vicious cycle. One is important for every player regular snooker trainingto improve your skills.

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Playing Frames alone with your buddy is unsuccessful in the long term. Instead, you have to pull yourself up and do it regularly Playing exercises alone at the snooker table. Documenting the results is important. In the long term, the player can see whether there have been any improvements in the game and where there are weaknesses.

Below I have a series of snooker exercises, some of which I did myself and some of which I had shown myself to other snooker players. Before beginning any of the exercises, every snooker player should make sure of the snooker rules and one good stand at snooker to dominate. Only when the technique (push) is right does it make sense to train precisely and extensively. For this, an experienced snooker trainer should look closely at the shot. What to look out for when standing in a snooker game is well described in the following video.


Snooker exercises


  • The following applies to all exercises: If no ball falls in accordance with the rules, it is set up again.
  • Click on the pictures to enlarge the training exercises

Line up: In the simplified version of the "Line Up" exercise, red and color are played alternately in any pocket. Points are counted according to the rules. The better the exercise is played, the more reds can be placed between the colors blue, pink and black. The line up exercise trains typical distances and angles in the middle of the snooker table.

Paths and positional play are also important here as the number of balls available decreases. Line up is also ideal as a warm-up and push exercise, as the balls can be punched relatively easily. The total number of points for this exercise is 83 points.

Cross-Line-Up: Cross-line-up differs from the “line-up” exercise in that the reds are no longer all on one line. This increases the level of difficulty again, as the paths are partially blocked by the additional red ones. White can be placed anywhere here. Position play is essential here in order to master the exercise successfully. The maximum possible number of points is already 131 points and is difficult to achieve.

With the correct positional play, the player can clear away many balls in snooker training. As soon as more than 2 balls per shot leave their basic position, the break process usually becomes more complex for the player.

Snooker position game: With this exercise, positional play can be trained very well. White is placed anywhere. The red one is close to the pockets. As a player you should concentrate on optimizing the positional play on the colors. Beginners refrain from giving the white one a side spin. Professionals can already work with lateral spin to ideally match white with a color after hitting a red.

The maximum number of points that can be achieved here is 117. However, since the entire table is played in one break, this is rather difficult to cope with for beginners and advanced players.

Long entry-level red / blue: Often, after a failed safety push, there is the opportunity to get into the game over a long rookie. With the “long beginner red / blue”, a red one is sunk out of the semicircle. The only color available is blue. The aim should be to punch blue in a middle pocket. The positional play on blue is also trained here. A clean and measured first shot on one of the Reds is important in order to play the break to the end. Ideally, after a red has been sunk, white lies on the foot side of the table (below).

The maximum break here is 25 points. Even advanced users should be able to do this with a little practice.

Clearance on colors: Especially at the end of the game on the colors, beginners and advanced snooker players decide who wins the frame. A clearance of the colors earns the player 27 points after sinking 6 balls. When playing on black, this would only be 24 points (3x red, 3x black).

White is placed anywhere during the exercise. It makes sense to place white where it is ideal to play on yellow. Positioning the next color is crucial to clearing all six balls.

Tip: There are even more exercises for your snooker training in the PAT snooker book from national trainer Thomas Hein. An investment that pays off!

Do you know other exercises for snooker training? Just send me an email and describe your exercise.

One last important tip: practice makes perfect! So stay tuned!