Welcome! My name's Barry, I'm originally from England and I 'aim to please'...
hfhjghkjk BIO 1980’s London seems a long time ago but it was my environment and the grounding in a world of snooker halls that captivated me.
My drive and thoughts were always focused on playing. The aim was always to reach and compete on the professional tour and maybe have my name up in lights.
After a couple of years travelling to different competition venues, a combination of meeting my sons mother and the intense pressure plus competition to qualify for tournaments saw me drift away into a life of domesticity and eventually not pick up a cue for 20 years!
My love for playing waned in the past but the natural teacher and analyst in me will always be a part of my makeup. Those qualities, allied to the high level of Snooker/Pool knowledge, were the catalysts to teach. Tutoring and seeing players improve always lifts my spirits up high!
I play regularly and enjoy keeping to a high level of play. I realize that can only happen with proper practice sessions. Whilst snooker is in my past, moving to California 10 years ago saw my affection for Pool replace Snooker. I have come to realize that perhaps my own style and craft is most likely the best form of advertising after winning over200 tournaments pre and post pandemic!
We all need help in certain areas whether it’s stance, aiming, cueing, tactically, the mental side or discovering the joys of cue ball control… Or as the Americans say ‘shape’!
I have patience in abundance and I am highly analytical. So whatever needs improving, learning or correcting, we can get there!
Sessions can be in your own home for out call or alternatively, we can find a venue you’re comfortable with.
My hourly rate:
$40 an hour
If you wish to bring someone else along I will teach you both and you can split the cost!
Booking sessions for more than an hour at a time means I am happy to discount rates.
Feel free to call or text Barry via 925-457-9897 You can also email via firstname.lastname@example.org too
A recent clip of me at a tournament. Although its half way through a clearance (clip starting with a controlled bank), the upload reason is the 2nd from last shot. I know in advance unless I break the 13 ball out I will have to carom it in the middle pocket and make shape on the 8 ball, All goes well...
This clip is of me messing around and stepping up to the challenge of a 3 cushion kick shot to make the 8 ball (which is frozen to a rail) starting from the point of the middle pocket as opposed to a rail. I get it 3rd attempt...
When I inherited the table, my first thought was to break out the 6 ball (far side just beyond middle pocket). This just led to me pushing the 8 ball on to my 2 ball. Subsequently, most of my solids were either blocked or blocking each other. Hence the upload as I had to get creative with a carom and long combination. After banking my 7 ball I already knew I couldn't displace the 6 ball so I clipped off for a 'safe' and dropped the cue ball behind the 8 ball...Lastly, a reminder not to wear that red top! It always makes me lok fatter than I actually am! :(
This one is in practice prior to a tournament. Just basically showing off with a few quick fire slams and a 5 rail 8 ball shot to finish :)
This is an example of not taking time, nor paying attention to shape or almost anything! There was a reason for it though (which I'm happy to explain to the curious...)
I'm posting purely because this young lady hadn't picked up a cue when we first started lessons. She was nervous, tentative and awkward but also attentive which was key. I later learned that despite being the sweetest and respectful teen, she was having issues. This very short clip shows a confident, fun loving person with no thoughts about her height/shape or anything else todays society/media puts pressure on young women to be. I hope things are going the very best they can for you Emily!
Both of these clips are of a dear friend who is soaking up knowledge at a great rate! All I wanted to do initially was to get fundamentals sorted out but someone likes kicks and banks!