So you have some drills that you want to incorporate into your practice, what’s next? In order to get the most out of drills, you want to put them into a logical order and form a practice routine that you can track and repeat. Here you will find some sample routines and a quick guide on making your own. For a more thorough explanation, I strongly recommend reading Create Your Own Practice Routine.
Below are sample routines for pool and snooker, use them on their own, or as a guide to planning your own sessions. More are being added all the time so be sure to subscribe to our email list using the form at the bottom of the page.
How to create a practice routine
Pick appropriate drills
In order to plan a practice session, you need a realistic idea your current skill level and choose drills that match it. All the drills on this site have variations rated for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players.
If you are not sure what variation to use, start with beginner and work your way up. It’s also important to choose drills that are specific to your needs and the games you play.
Organize the drills
You want your session to follow a logical sequence that gets your in stroke so you perform at your best while running drills. This involves starting with simple, focusing on stroke, and moving on to more complex patterns and shots.
Start with stroke drills
This is critical, every single practice session must begin with stroke drills. Getting in stroke will make the entire session more beneficial.
Isolate at the beginning
Use drills that isolate either potting or positional play at the start. Set up key shots or ones that have been giving you trouble.
Move on to more complex drills
Start with open table drills that give you freedom in positional play (like The Line or Pot Quiz) before moving on to drills that limit your shot choices (like The Zipper or No Rail).
A routine should not be static. If you practice diligently you will improve, and your practice must change to reflect that.
Create multiple routines
If you only have time to put in one practice session a week, then a single routine that you slowly make more difficult as described above might be all that you need to keep improving. If, however, you have more time to dedicate to the game, then using multiple routines can keep things fresh and be more effective at improving all aspects of your game.
The final and most important step in creating a routine is to track. Write down your results, every single time you practice. For easy tracking, I’ve made a fillable PDF that links back to all the drills found on the site and lets you enter drill name, time, success rate, and notes.
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