In the time leading up to his big move, we continued to enjoy snooker at my little club but neither of us seemed to do all that well. I think we were both jittery and nervous at the impending new chapter in his life and frankly, the snooker just wasn't all that important. Then, for the last few frames, things magically came together. I played a great frame myself. Sam responded with a fantastic frame. Then there was a decider that I won't tell you about, you can watch yourself, but I will just say that, suddenly, the snooker was the important thing for us again. The future would take care of itself. Let's focus on the here and now and either one of us might have won that decider.
I think this video can also be useful for the lower level players for some instruction if they can glean it from the context. There are plenty of resources for instruction these days, but I think a lot of low level players TRY to learn from watching the professional game. My opinion is that there is only so much a low level player can learn from the pro game. We cannot and should not be trying to play the game the same way as them. At least, not yet. If you and your playing partner can devote 6 or 8 hours a day, EVERY DAY!, to playing and learning this game, then sure, you can learn a lot from watching the pros and you should try to emulate them. If you have a life outside snooker, then watching this video may help you learn better how YOU should approach the game. I added some time stamps to interesting/useful points of the video in the Description field (you will have to click "Show more..." to see it I think). So if you, an admitted low level player, might pick up a pointer or two, then good luck and more power to you. I am no pro and don't pretend to be. I have worked hard to improve my game and I still want to get a lot better, and if I can help a few others along on their journey, that would be even better yet. If you see something else useful in the video that I didn't note, feel free to time stamp it in the comments.
Last, this is a video, a rather long one. Three frames, a bit less than an hour. So I decided to post here in the Snooker Videos section. I don't expect many to watch this all the way through. Sam and I move along at a pretty good clip. If you tend to be a slow, methodical player, maybe you can see here that you don't need to be slow to play well. 20 minutes a frame is normal for Sam and I....there are several players in my club that I have a hard time finishing a frame in under an hour. Think about that.....Sam and I = 20 minutes, therefore, Don, eh.....10 minutes? Don and another player = 1 hour. What do you think that means? Pace of play is rather a vital factor in other players' enjoyment of a game with you.
YouTube did take note of our background music as a copyright issue and said that maybe the video will be blocked in some countries. If it is blocked and you want to see it, just let me know, I can remove the sound and re-post it.
Again, this video is mainly for my selfish self, to enjoy watching it time and again in the coming years and decades. I invite you all to watch if you care to. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on table with my son and will miss it and him terribly. Of course, we will play again when he comes back home to visit, but he probably will never be in his best form again as Snooker is so scarce in these United States that he likely will never be playing other than visits back home. So it will be different. But it will still be good.