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  1. Winston
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Hi, I am an american and have been watching your videos for a few years. I play 9 ball and 8 ball on 7 and 9 foot tables, and mostly watch to understand basics. I found it interesting that this is NOT what I and most everyone I know considers to be billiards. To us Americans,(or at least those near me) billiards is basically any game on a pool table that is scored based on points/ball count rather than being the first to pot a certain ball.

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  2. Candy Neige
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    I don't know why, but it's not snooker but rather carom (also known as french billiard).

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  3. 5wisher 5weet
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    17:45 wow really? I have played billiards for about 15 years and didnt know that

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  4. sundowner62 James
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    I've always wanted to play Billiards , but never had much of chance. I've just subscribed , looking forward to working my way through all your stuff!

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  5. sundowner62 James
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Really thoroughly explained , great video!

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  6. Nader Gholikhany
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Hello Sir I have got question irrelevant to this video and I will really appreciate if you can answer it, and it is if we play a shot and object boll goes arond the poket and goes on the top of cushion and from green part of it drops in the other one pocket is it a legally correct shot or not.

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  7. Stephen S
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Good to see James again. Very good snooker player too. Played on the Navan snooker team a long time ago with him. Absolute gent.

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  8. rob 1996
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Barry I have the bad habbit of when I practice snooker, I count the break in my head. When I get higher that 50 points, I start thinking that this might becoming my first ever century and I add additional pressure to myself, making me miss somewhere around the 60-70 mark. Would you have any advice for me on how to stop making it seem more important than it actually is? Or perhaps I should not count the break into my head anymore, but then I notice that I am not as focused not knowing where I stand in the break either.

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  9. Harry Belcher
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Barry are you doing 1-1 coaching now the season is over?

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  10. Gintautas Nik
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Barry, thanks for all your educational videos, I got extremely addicted to them.
    Could you please make a comment, or a video, about Judd Trump's phenomenal cueing? As we all noticed, he always aims off the line at the pre-shot phase but as he delivers the cue he just straightens it and hits the cue ball on the line so the object ball goes to the target. I would be really delighted if this way of cueing could be explained in more details. Thanks again for everything you do.

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  11. Paul Fisher
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the great video Barry. Like with billiards, do you think there would be much transfer from English pool to snooker? My interest is because I am only able to get to the snooker club a couple of times a week. And wondered if an alternative might be to get a 7×4 pool table at home. Then practise a small line up but the "wrong way" across the table ie. Set up a few reds between the middle pockets.

    I'm not a great player and cant make consistent 30 breaks but am trying to learn from your videos.

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  12. Abbas Haider
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Barry you are genius i wish one day I'll meet you and have a cup of tea together love from Pakistan a snooker loving nation ❤️

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  13. SmoothSoulLover
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Hi Barry – love your videos, particularly interesting one here. I've understood snooker since first watching it as a kid, and love playing it too even though I'm not very good. Never understood billiards at all however, this video certainly clears some things up, thanks!

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  14. amazed66
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    That look when saying Southern Ireland lol

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  15. JAYZ3O3
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Barry, do you know where the best place to buy snooker cues is in Nottingham?

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  16. richjp
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    I am just taking up snooker again in my early seventies, having hardly touched a cue since my teenage years. Back then before the days of Pot Black and colour TV, in my area billiards was a far more popular game than snooker.

    One of the main problems billiards has I think, that it is not a great spectator sport and the higher up the ability level you go the less interesting it becomes for the spectator. I was capable of making 50 breaks quite regularly and once in my local league made a break of 83. That break won the prize for the highest break of the season although that was a bit low as somebody would usually make a century. At our level I think the game was more interesting to watch as we did not have the skill levels to keep the balls in the top of the table area all the time as described in the video, therefore we would be going in off or potting in the middle pockets more frequently, or playing recovery shots for example and there was more variety in each individual break.

    When you get to the level where players are making breaks regularly well over a hundred, although the skill levels are incredibly high, controlling those balls at the top of the table is much harder than it looks, for the spectator it is very repetitive. At least playing against a very good player or marking a game, you are close enough to see all the subtleties and use of side, but otherwise for spectators I don't think it is that interesting.

    I am now taking snooker coaching but decided beforehand to try and use billiards to try and get some of my old skills back. One of the other benefits of billiards is that as you progress you can quite quickly get to the stage of stringing say ten or more shots together and have the satisfaction of break building.

    Thank you for the video.

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  17. bullsnutsoz
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Sub up to young Barry; we can get him to a 1/4 million.

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  18. Max Heidcase
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    I always remember being enthralled as a wee boy by a TV billiards match between Fred Davis and Alex Higgins.

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  19. Samuel Amulraj
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Love from Bangalore, India. (Pankaj Advani's home ground)

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  20. Gary Rogers
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Great Video Barry.
    Just had to watch this video and was very surprised by the comments below showing so many people interested in the beautiful game of billiards
    If anyone is interested in further information on billiards please check out my YouTube videos where I specialise on the in off game

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCf668WDxkYin5u0agOJXj9w/videos

    Or check out my billiards forum for details of organisations, coaching, history etc

    http://thebilliardsspot.proboards.com/

    Thanks

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  21. SlickRick4EVER
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Not only can English Billiards can help with Snooker, it will help with ALL billiard games from around the world. This is the game that made Walter Lindrum a legend in Australia and (in my honest opinion) one of the best billiard players to ever touch a cue, solely based on how he mastered this game.

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  22. jim lennon
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Billiards is a fun game …Potting the cue ball is a strange one though…Alot harder to do when you want to do it.

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  23. mezman merrill
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Would love to watch you two play a full game as I have never played or seen a game of English billiards played out in its entirety

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  24. A. Bakker
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Interesting game. Steve Davids played this, I think it was in the 80’s.

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  25. Wade Patton
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Here in the land of eight-ball, loving the accuracy and finesse of Snoooker and Billiards, but one has to teach it to play it here and finding a table is rare.

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  26. Marshy
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Can he show us some NAUGHTY BILLIARDS 😛 hahaha pot white and double baulk

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  27. Marshy
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Yessss! Billiards video, asked for one a while back, glad you've put one up! Definitely helps your snooker, very hard game!

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  28. David Gosling
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    The first time I realised I was striking the cueball too hard was when I was 12ish years young and I walked into the snooker club to see Jack Karnehm playing Billiards. Just stroking the cue ball, delightful to watch a player with a deft touch.

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  29. Covert Narcisistic Awareness
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Thank you for making this video much appreciated

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  30. George Dagopoulos
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Hello Sir,
    this is a really interesting video and useful too.
    I've never played billiards, I don't find it exciting.
    But definitely someone can use its tactics while playing snooker.
    It could be really helpful.
    Thanks for the video Sir!!!!!

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  31. George Schieck
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Insofar as the billiards balls are larger, and the pockets are also larger – significantly – I would therefore say the reverse. If a player begins with billiards, it would be much harder for him or her to move into snooker, whereas for those who begin with snooker it's much easier to subsequently move into billiards or other pool sports (8-ball, 9-ball). The "benefit" that is being discussed here has to do with constantly trying to compute the positions of three balls simultaneously – which goes beyond trying to pot an object ball and keep control of the cue ball.
    In USA there is a difference between a snooker table and a billiards table. Snooker tables are 12 feet long, whereas billiards and 8-ball or 9-ball or straight pool tables are all 9 feet long, with larger balls and larger pockets than are used on snooker tables. Even the cues are different – the diameter of cue tips for snooker feels like a toothpick, compared to the diameter of cue tips and the cues themselves that are used for U.S. billiards or 8-ball, 9-ball, and straight pool (and that same difference in size is also experienced, I believe, in continental Europe).
    When a U.S. billiards or 8-ball player moves into snooker, they almost feel as if they are trying to use marbles rather than the pool-table sized balls they are accustomed to. Of course the difference in size is not that much, but still – the minimal difference in size can be a significant adjustment when placement of the cue stick on the cue ball can have such incredible difference with only micro adjustments in positioning when actually making a shot with the cue ball on the table.

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  32. Haziq Khan
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Loved this video

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  33. Warren Ackary
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Very true Barry.. I learnt that from the age of 10 when my father had me playing Billiards only.. I think I started playing Snooker when I was 17, was hard to beat… prefer Billiards but still tell all players this and its not a theory, its a proven fact. Well done on bringing it to the internet!

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  34. Jon Roberts
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Great video Barry and team. I’ve been playing billiards for a couple of months to try and improve my snooker positional play. This video filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge. Funny how I gave too many in offs in snooker, and find them harder to get in billiards! Thanks very much!

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  35. Phil Owens
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    brilliant thanks great video

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  36. Yourmother 198
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    brilliant video barry..i play billiards for the laugh and it has brought on my potting in snooker

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  37. Anthony Kernich
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Raymond Ceulemans is the best cueist of all time

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  38. FamousColumbo
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    This is very advantage practice

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  39. bob733333
    March 22, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    A lot of people promoting Carom 3 Cushion at the same time. Weird.

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