Category Archives: Snooker Psychology

Snooker Psychology: Anthony Hamilton – Winning!

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And so finally, at the age of forty-six, Anthony Hamilton secures his first ranking title, The German Masters. A hard fought 9-6 win over Ali Carter, made Hamilton the oldest winner of a ranking event since Doug Mountjoy in 1989. Coming from a 5-2 deficit, Hamilton produced his best snooker to take an 8-5 lead. Then the questions started to… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Stuart Bingham – Being Champion!

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And so Stuart Bingham’s one year adventure as World Snooker Champion comes to an end. A last thirty-two defeat to Ali Carter, means that no first time winner has yet been able to defend their title in Sheffield. You might think that winning a title for a second time, would be easier than securing the first crown. But there’s a… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Michael Holt – Composure!

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There’s rarely an ideal time to play Ronnie O’Sullivan. Especially given his form in 2016. But if you land him in the draw, then the first round is probably the best time to catch him cold. Even then you musn’t be daunted by the prospect of beating him. Few people gave Michael Holt a chance in the World Grand Prix… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Ronnie O’Sullivan – The Vacation!

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By winning the Welsh Open, he has secured his 28th ranking title. After an eight month break from the game, Ronnie O’Sullivan has subsequently not lost a match this season. And apart from a tight opening game against Mark Williams at The Masters, and the early stages of this Welsh Open final, he hasn’t looked like losing one. Right now… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Mark Allen – Fist Pump!

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It’s the last eight of the Welsh Masters. And a big local crowd is in to see if Neath’s Michael White can make his first Welsh semi. White will not be wanting to disappoint his fans. And the experienced pro that is Mark Allen is canny enough to recognise the pressure this will naturally bring. Allen clears up in the… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Judd Trump – Concentration!

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It’s the last sixteen of the Welsh Open. And Judd Trump is in prime position to make progress. But a crucial missed black in the final frame opens the door to a relieved Joe Perry. Thus Judd makes another premature exit from a big TV event. Afterwards he talks, not for the first time, about the dips in concentration that… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Ronnie O’ Sullivan – The 146!

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It’s the second round of snooker’s Welsh Open. And all eyes are on Ronnie O’Sullivan. After refusing a maximum the previous day, O’Sullivan has brought plenty of media and public attention to himself. Steve Davis once said something like, that if he ever played a casual shot then he fully expected the snooker gods to show him their displeasure. ┬áSo… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Stuart Bingham – xxxx It!

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He wasn’t on many people’s list of potential winners. A solid tour professional who had never got past the second round at The Crucible before. But against the odds Stuart Bingham was crowned 2015 World Snooker Champion. Bingham has always given the impression, that he didn’t feel he was good enough to beat the games best players. For example, at… Read more »

Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan – The Zone

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It’s the final of the World Snooker Championship, at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. Ronnie O’Sullivan has taken command of his match against final debutant, Alistair Carter. But Ronnie seems frustrated. Slightly ill at ease. It’s as if he is desperate to play the flowing,┬ámagical snooker that put paid to Stephen Hendry’s title challenge. But somehow, he can’t quite seem to attract… Read more »