What Skills Do You Need For Snooker?

Snooker Skills

Snooker is a British billiards game that has been around since the late 1800s. It is a very popular sport in the United Kingdom, and its popularity is spreading around the globe, especially in China. Snooker has physical and mental aspects as players need to calculate their shots and apply physics to execute them properly. As a result, there are a variety of skills needed to play snooker.

Your Stance

Snooker Stance

Your stance is one of the most basic skills required to play snooker. It may not seem complicated, but a stable and comfortable stance is a key component of any snooker player’s game. It is important to ensure your body is firmly planted so that any imbalance never compromises your shots. When you are just starting out, you may feel tempted to copy the stances of more experienced players you observe; however, you should only use a stance if it is comfortable and works for you. One strategy to find your perfect stance is to run drills and try shooting in different ways.

Controlling the Cue Ball

Cue ball control is essential to snooker. Snooker is a game of strategy, and you need to be able to plan ahead. You can use cue ball control to draw back, follow on, and play a stop shot.

Draw Back

A draw back makes the cue ball roll backward after hitting the target ball. This can only be achieved by hitting the ball below the center point and managing the amount of power in your shot. If you can control the power in your shot, you can also control how far back the ball rolls.


A follow-on shot makes the cue ball roll forward after contact with the target ball. You can play a follow-on shot by hitting the cue ball above the middle point. The higher you hit the cue ball, the further it rolls forward after being struck by the target ball.

Stop Shot

A stop shot is used to stop the cue ball right after it hits the target ball. This allows you to position the cue ball because you know almost exactly where it will stop. To achieve this, you usually have to hit the cue ball in the middle, but the exact area varies based on the target ball's distance.

Your Shooting Skills

Good shooting skills are crucial to being successful at snooker. There are many types of shots and techniques, and the key is to find the ones that work best for you.

Potting Skills

Being able to pot a ball (get a ball into one of the pockets) in snooker is vital. There are certain balls you need to successfully pot to win the game. Potting the correct balls in snooker requires you to know the angle you want the target ball to go and then hit it on the opposite side using the cue ball. Successfully potting a ball requires you to also consider the amount of power to use to hit the cue ball. If you use too much power, you risk the target ball bouncing back up out of the pocket. If you do not use enough power, the cue ball may not reach the target ball, or the target ball may not reach the pocket.

Safety Shots

Safety shots are also a key part of a snooker match. Typically, a safety shot is the first shot played in each frame. A safety shot creates a difficult situation for your opponent that ideally causes them to miss a pot. A snooker is the best kind of safety shot and occurs when you leave your opponent with no path from the cue ball to the target ball. This usually causes them to miss their pot or receive a foul, earning you points.

Your Strategy Skills

Snooker is a game of strategy and requires players to be patient, have a basic understanding of physics, and have strong tactical skills. You need to be able to observe the situation on the table and calculate each move and its trajectory carefully. Snooker has no time limits, so you can take as long as you need to set up each shot. Some players could even use that as a technique to frustrate and fluster their opponent. You also need to be patient and allow your opponent to expose their weaknesses during the game. If you can hone these skills, you will be a tough opponent to face.