Sin Wen Yean welcomes you to his Snooker page.

If you are a snooker player, you will find that this page contains alot of useful guides.
There are some nice pictures to view as well.

For those who have just started this game, you might not have found the beauty of the game yet.
That is quite normal. Snooker, unlike many other games, does not give you much satisfaction when you are an absolute beginner.

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I like to classify this game into many phases. For those who do play, see which phase you are at...

PHASE1: First timer, not sure how to aim the ball for a pot, just hoping to touch it. Constantly hoping for balls sitting by the pocket. Still then, not very confident on the shot, thus hitting it very softly. Cueball ends up very close to the cushion. Panic!!! Do not know how to make a good bridge. Not sure where to grip the cue. Stroke through the ball clumsily, gets a miscue. Your opponent laughs wickedly while you curse and swear at your miserable luck. Your score range from negative to around 5 points.

PHASE2: Knows how to judge angles. Fairly confident up to half table distance. Dare to choose colour balls with higher value that are more difficult to hit. Very obsessed with shooting Pink and Black after potting a red. Likes to hit easy balls very hard, letting the cueball run all over the table. Your opponent being at phase2 as well makes comments like "Wah", "Bo Sia, Bo Seng(No sound,No count)", "See Beh Zhun(Damn accurate)". You feel very high, goes to your next shot and takes it almost immediately without aiming. You miss this next pot completely, but still feeling very high from the previous shot. Sometimes, you pot a ball and end up self-snook. To you, it was no luck(but is it???). Your score is around 10 to 15 points.

PHASE3: You are now potting more balls at one turn, ie. higher breaks. However, you still have phobia of cushion-balls and spider. You want to screw the cueball whenever there is an easy pot(cueball one foot from the object ball). You suceed with a screw distance of about one foot and your opponent comments "Tarik See Beh Chia(Powerful Screw)". You feel very high and can't wait for another chance. A chance to screw comes again and you want to screw back even more this time. You hit the cueball even lower and much harder, ends up jumping the cueball straight into the pocket. You feel very embarrased, quickly look for the chalk and start chalking furiously. Your score is around 25 points.

PHASE4: You learn more about cueball control. You know that you can follow, screw, hit harder, hit softer, swerve the cueball when snooked(Not much success). You are now concerned about placing rather than just hitting the highest valued colour ball. You can now hit cushion-ball and spider without fear but still can't pot(excusable). Breaks improve with an average of four balls each turn. When your opponent leaves the cueball tight on the cushion for you, you scold him and ask for better situations. Both players expect to get better chance on every turn. The game is usually quite smooth flowing until when the table has few balls left. This is the point where the game becomes very draggy(Up to 45 mins). Your score is still around 30 points.

PHASE5: You are now fairly accurate with long shots. You have just learned about siding, and can't wait to use it on every shot. You have become obsessed with not hitting plain ball. However, since you have not mastered the techniques, you start missing balls which you can normally pot. Your game starts to worsen. You leave your opponent with more chances and this really frustrates you. Your opponent actually thinks he has improved. However, it is better that you are trying out new things than being too reserved. Your score has dropped tremendously to around 20 points.

PHASE6: You become enthusiastic to get the techniques for cueball control. You practice these strokes whenever your opponent goes to the toilet or makes a phone call. You seem to be doing quite well when practicing but never seem to be able to reproduce them in an actual game. However, you can place balls that only require strength control and mild screw/follow quite well. You place your cueball for a straight pot and can have pretty good breaks. But you realise that you have to use alot of power to place certain balls. This is because you have left yourself too straight a pot on the previous shot. Such a situation is usually where your break ends. You now know that when the pot is impossible, you can still play a safety shot. The game is more draggy towards the ends because of excessive safety play. On better occasions, you can pot 2 colour balls at one turn and thus speed up the game(and piss you opponent off). Your score is now close to 40 points.

PHASE7: You can have high breaks of around 15 points most of the time. Your placing now has more planning(2-3 steps ahead). Safety play is one of your tool to guard your opponent. Your opponent does not blame you for leaving him with a good safety. You have the composure to fight back when you are down on points. You can manufacture snooks as well but you are not good at clearing snooks yourself. Your break can usually continue quite well until situations when the object balls are in awkward positions like near the cushion or stuck in a bunch. Hang in there, you are not far from calling yourself an accomplished amatuer. Your score is consistently 50+ with occasional 60+ points.

PHASE8: Very composed, in control. Take 20+ points and take your cueball to a safe position(hit and run). No problem up to half table distance. Long shots are accurate 70% of the time. Good safety play and killer snooks. Able to clear snooks and still be in a safe position. Concentrating your break around blue, pink and black. No handicap except long-ball cushion/spider. You are now taking the game very seriously. You know the statistics of the more successful professional players. You even try to mimic some of them. On a good break, you can take as many as 30 points. Your score is at least 60+ points. You are very proud of yourself (you should be!) Such is a standard others look on with admiration.

That's all the phases possible for a non-professional. There are 8 phases altogether. I'd like to represent them as such:

PHASE9: ALL COLOURS (Professional standard, clear table)

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