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A beginners Guide to playing Snooker

Updated on January 8, 2017

Beginners tips

Want to play Snooker? have been playing Snooker regularly for a few years now : I am completely hooked on the game. I first became interested in the sport was when I was literally 'snowed-in' during poor weather in Britain during 2000-2001, I was staying in a Bed & Breakfast, in the Lakes District, in England. On the television was continuous coverage of the World Championship Snooker being played from The Cauldron in Sheffield. I was literally housebound due to the heavy snow, but I quickly became engrossed in the Snooker, and watched the entire event for many hours, over that weekend. Fortunately the Bed and Breakfast had Cable television with a sports channel so managed to watch the whole event uninterrupted.

Since returning to Australia I joined a Sporting Club and now play Snooker at least twice a week. Snooker has become an important part of my life both for relaxation and enjoyment, I I believe it can be enjoyed at any level by both males and females alike.

The Game

The object of the game of Snooker is to score more points than the opponent by potting object balls (the colored ones) in a predefined order into one of the six pockets. Basically you must pot a red ball first then followed by a color until all the red balls are potted. Then you pot the remaining color's yellow, green,brown, blue, pink and black in that order. If you pot out of order you commit a foul and four points are awarded against you and you opponent then comes to the table and takes over play. When the final ball is potted, the player with the most points wins. One game is called a frame. Usually players play the best of five or nine frames. The professionals play many more frames as often they can finish one frame in between five and ten minutes. Where as the average player will take 40 minutes to finish the average frame.

Another object of the game is to snooker your opponent that is if it's difficult to pot a ball. You do this by making the white ball in such a position it is nigh impossible to hit a red ball without fouling missing or hitting a colored ball first. Hence the term snookered. Being put in an almost impossible position.


The skills involved include holding and using a cue stick correctly. The tempo and power of hitting the white ball in a particular part of the ball becomes more paramount. As you develop skills you put stun or run on screw or side on the white ball. The balls movements are determined by pure physics and geometry. if you hit a ball in a particular way exactly every time the ball will move in a particular way. As such developing skills becomes easier with practice after a while say a few weeks you will learn the basics of stunning the ball screwing the ball so that the white ball goes to the particular place you want it. Putting side on the ball takes a bit more time and require more delicate stroke play. The beauty of the game is that like golf there is so much to learn to perfect the game and play well. Hours and hours of friendly rivalry can be had by playing the game. Also stance is important. A firm stationary stance is required. The forward leg closest to the table should be in line parallel to the angle of the shot you want to take. The back foot shout dissect the movement of the cueing arm in the middle of the foot the rear foot should also be at a 45 degree angle to the cueing arm.

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There are many parallels in playing successful snooker to being successful in life endevour. You need to develop skill to perform. You need to practicing to gain confidence in those skills. You need to keep practicing to hone new skills and match it with your competitors. You should keep your emotions in check when playing the game and executing your shot. Patience is required to be successful. Becoming upset or angry will adversely affect your performance and concentration. Concentration is required to perform well. Tension or injury in any part of your body will adversely affect performance. Technique is paramount. Being over eager or too timid will result in poor outcomes and low success.


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    • Ov Strickland profile image

      Ov Strickland 

      6 years ago from El Segundo, CA

      Niiice hub! Very helpful especially to me. I'm just starting to learn this game. Thanks for sharing! Well done.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your comment and vote. Randy one of our players is 84 and still plays a mean game I recommend you still play with glasses...

    • Randy Godwin profile image

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Well, well, I used to make a bit of cash shooting snooker when I was in my 20's. I especially liked to play those pool shooters who liked to fram the balls and hope for a piss-in. HA!

      Now my eyes would probably fail me as the table is so much bigger than a regular billiard table and the holes look even smaller than they used to! Great hub and rated up, of course!

      Randy SSSSS

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Snooker I consider a refined form of pool.Well worth a Try Simone thanks for your comment.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I daresay Snooker wins in the name department- big time. I'd never heard of it before, and I can't BELIEVE that a game with such a great name could have hid from me for so long! Thanks for the intro. It sounds like fun!


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