When I first heard about “The Balls” I will admit to being somewhat sceptical.
However, I saw lots of professionals using them and saw more and more about them on the internet and social media. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me and I bought a set.
Now, I am not what anyone would describe as a great snooker player. I’m 65 years old and what I would call club standard. If I make a 50 break, I’m over the moon – my highest ever being 58. I do feel that there is still time for me to improve though, so I’m always open to ideas.
When I first tried The Balls I wasn’t surprised when it showed that I wasn’t actually hitting the cue ball where I was intending. But the simplicity of Chris’s accompanying videos has already started to help me to correct this. I’m only a couple of weeks into using them and I am convinced that they will make a difference. My only regret now is that I didn’t buy them sooner.
Chris Henry is a sports coach who teaches modern psychology and philosophy in a straightforward and understandable format. His clients include world snooker champions Stephen Hendry, Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby along with many other top professionals in snooker and golf.
Very simply, a red and a white that are roughly 10% of the weight of regular snooker balls. Oh yes, and they are weighted by having slightly thicker plastic in one part to give them a slightly heavier spot. This weight, being offset, is what makes The Balls unique.
When you hit a ball, either the white with a cue or the red with a normal cue ball, they exaggerate any off-centre contact. Hit the cue ball with any unintended side, and the offset weight will mean it will not travel towards your intended target. Hit the red anywhere other than the correct contact point and the resulting error will be magnified by the offset weight in the red.
This is the clever part of Chris’s system. By continually using The Balls, you will retrain your ‘visual cortex’ (the part of your brain that understands what you are looking at) so that, without changing any of the mechanics of your cue action, you eventually hit the correct place. If you think you are hitting the centre of the ball, but aren’t, move your aim. You will eventually discover where the centre is and what it looks like when lining up the shot. The accompanying videos and exercises explain this in more detail and are very easy to understand.
They are by no means an instant cure for aiming or striking problems, but I do believe they can help if used correctly. The routines and assessments will highlight any areas for improvement and help you to measure progress.
Overall? Yes, they are worth the money.