Unless you have an easy chance of a snooker you quite often have to leave your opponent the chance of a pot. So study the table and make that pot as difficult as you can. The more pressure you put on your opponent increases the chance that he will make a mistake.
When you do leave your opponent a very difficult pot, and he makes the shot of his life and pots it - don't let it get you down. You did your best and a good shot deserves respect. Remember that no one can keep potting difficult balls. So if you consistently leave your opponents playing from awkward positions you will become a very difficult player to beat.
You constantly see professionals trying to get the cue-ball close to one of the two baulk pockets.
Leaving the cue-ball close to a corner pocket makes cueing very difficult for many players. If the remaining reds are in a cluster behind the pink they will need to be struck thick and hard, so scattering the reds; or thin with side to get the cue-ball back to baulk.
Although a triangular area is marked in the diagram consider leaving the cue-ball nearer the side cushion. Cueing diagonally across the side cushion is far more difficult than striking the cue-ball when it's close to the baulk cushion.
Experiment with these, try under hitting them if you're concerned about going in-off into the corner pocket. And spend some time practicing from these areas - you need to be confident if your opponent leaves you there.
This is a variation of the same strategy that is little known and rarely played, but which quite often creates an opening.
The temptation of course is to send the cue-ball into baulk, hopefully behind one of the baulk colours. But even if you succeed in getting the snooker a reasonable player should manage to escape without doing too much damage. If you don't get a snooker you leave an easy safety shot for your opponent, one he will have played thousands of times before.
But leave the cue-ball just beyond the middle pocket and tight on the cushion, and you'll give your opponent no easy reply and a great problem.
You'll be surprised how gently this delicate shot needs to be played, so it really is worth a little practice. Leaving the cue-ball tight on the cushion is critical so strength is the key to the success of this shot.
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