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The CueZone Podcast

Get an in-depth insight and inside track into snooker. Go backstage with the people who make the game of snooker today, to learn everything about our incredible industry. The weekly CueZone podcast is for anyone interested in snooker, who wants to get involved in the industry or who has a passion for coaching and developing their snooker game. CueZone is hosted by Rob Reed, a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker coach, business owner and friend to many in the industry. Listen to Rob's coaching workshops and private lessons to discover how to play snooker, and hear tales from the world-renowned faces of snooker, from commentator and broadcaster Rob Walker to world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s manager, Jason Francis. It’s direct, challenging, provocative and loaded with useful information for all ages and levels of snooker - whether you’re a social or  club league player, amateur or professional. If you want to improve and find inspiration, or just build your understanding of the snooker game and industry, the CueZone podcast is for you.CueZonewww.inthecuezone.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/cuezonepodcast https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYnojf0FyG0X9VP33nsqEBQ The CueZone PodcastRR Cue Caseswww.rrcuecases.com

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#009 Selecting Your Perfect Cue; The Dos & Don'ts

Host and coach Rob Reed talks you through his three dos and don’ts in buying a snooker cue, whether you buy off-the-shelf or bespoke (but not online) and whether it’s your first cue or a lifetime cue. He also discusses the elements that make up a cue, from the butt to the shaft and splice, getting the length right and whether you should buy a jointed or one-piece cue. And that all-important question: how much should you pay for a snooker cue? Get involved with The CueZone Podcast: join the Facebook community to ask any questions or give your feedback or go to Inthecuezone.com to book lessons or buy books and coaching aids. Published 11 December 2018 About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

33mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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#008 Jason Francis: A Legends Journey with Ronnie O'Sullivan

Promoter Jason Francis, creator of Snooker Legends and the World Seniors Tour, talks about going from his childhood love of snooker to acting and children’s theatre before “trading on nostalgia” by creating the Snooker Legends exhibitions for retired and current players. He discusses his years working with friend Ronnie O’Sullivan and how he will always be linked to Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins, who played his last game at Snooker Legends. Get involved with The CueZone Podcast: join the Facebook community to ask any questions or give your feedback or go to Inthecuezone.com to book lessons or buy books and coaching aids. Published 4 December 2018 Resources Snooker Legends - On the Road and Off the Table With Snooker's Greatest - in paperback on Amazon Snookerlegends.co.uk Jason Francis on Twitter The WPBSA World Seniors Tour About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey. About the guest Promoter Jason Francis is creator of Snooker Legends and the World Seniors Tour, having previously been an actor and director of children’s theatre. He spent many years on tour with Ronnie O’Sullivan and is manager of 11 times world ladies’ snooker champion Reanne Evans.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

46mins

4 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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#011 Cue School: Adjusting and Trusting Your Technique

Rob Reed conducts a one-to-one coaching session with his student Jack who has been playing for many years getting breaks of up to 80 but he has never been able to crack that century break on the snooker table.  Recently, before Jack came to see Rob, he dedicated himself to improve his cue action and learning technique; but, like many players, he had tweaked part of his technique which ended up working against the rest of his game.  The result was a massive drop in consistent breaks and even failing to pot balls he could pot before. In this episode Rob shows how he assesses technique and what he does to tweak it for the desired improvements.  He illustrates how different techniques can impact player’s shots.  He points out that it is the basics, even for top level snooker players, that help improve technique.  Looking for those small tweaks can have a massive impact on your game. He works with Jack to properly correct his technique with a focus on consistency and confidence. Show your support to The CueZone Podcast via patreon.com and get early access to every new episode, free resources through an exclusive group and the chance to be at the live recording of our season finale. Resources  www.inthecuezone.com Previous podcasts - Episode 3: Cue School - Pre-Shot Routine Ghost ball potting aid Book a personal snooker coaching session with Rob Reed Book an online snooker assessment with Rob Reed Published 1 January 2019 About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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#014 Dennis Taylor: The 45 Year Snooker Thrill

Tune in to hear the legendary Dennis Taylor talk about his passion for snooker.  Dennis chats to host Rob Reed about snooker in the 60s right up to the present day.  Hear how he got his start in Ireland at age 9.  Listen as he tells the tale of working 12 hour days to then go and practice snooker for hours into the evening.  And look out for the exciting tale of how in 1974 he quit his job and with £270 in the bank and two small children in tow, he paid his way and flew to Canada to end up beating snooker legend Alex Higgins! Dennis gives his insight into the modern game and compares it to snooker back in the day. He also has quite a lot to say on the best players of our time and how he sees the connection between the change in snooker equipment with the change in how the modern game is played. Show your support to The CueZone Podcast via patreon.com and get early access to each new episode, free resources through an exclusive group and the chance to be at the live recording of our season finale. Published 12 February 2019 Resources www.inthecuezone.com http://www.worldsnooker.com/wpbsa/history-of-snooker/ http://www.worldsnooker.com/players/dennis-taylor/ https://www.bowdenopticians.co.uk/product/dennis-taylor-snooker-glasses-dtsn02/ About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey. About the guest Dennis Taylor is a retired professional snooker player and currently commentates on snooker for the BBC. Dennis has won many tournaments over the years and is probably best known for winning the 1985 World Championship where he beat the World number one, Steve Davis is an exciting final.  Dennis is also well known for designing his trademark Dennis Taylor snooker specs, glasses designed especially for snooker players.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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#010 WDBS: Advancing Disability in Snooker

Rob talks to Nigel Mawer, chair of the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) and vice-chair of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA, and Mike Gillespie, a WPBSA World Snooker coach and WDBS player, about snooker bidding for the Paralympics and the Deaflympics, and some nifty new technology that is allowing disabled snooker players in the UK to play virtual games against their counterparts in China. Show your support to The CueZone Podcast via patreon.com and get early access to each new episode, free resources through an exclusive group and the chance to be at the live recording of our season finale. Published 18 December 2018 Resources patreon.com/cuezonepodcast WDBS.info https://www.wpbsa.com/play/wdbs/ - WPBSA site writes about WDBS https://www.wpbsa.com/coaching/find-a-coach/  - WPBSA’s Find A Coach https://www.wdbs.info/player/mike-gillespie/ - WDBS player profile of Mike Gillespie About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey. About the guests Nigel Mawer In 2015 Nigel set up and became chair of WDBS, a subsidiary body of the WPBSA. He is  also vice-chair of the WPBSA, dealing with all discipline and corruption issues relating to snooker, as well as chair of World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) and vice-president of the World Snooker Federation (WSF). Separately, he is the chair of the darts regulation authority and the independent regulator of professional darts. He left the Metropolitan Police in 2011, having been a Detective Chief Superintendent in the specialist crime directorate at New Scotland Yard. Mike Gillespie Healthcare worker Mike Gillespie has been competing at WDBS events since the 2017 Paul Hunter Disability Classic, the largest competition of its kind for people with hearing and visual difficulties, when he took a 3-1 victory against former professional Paul Smith in the final. He is also a WPBSA World Snooker coach.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

18 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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#015 Cue School: Learning Through Games

When was the last time you went out and played? I bet you thought playtime was just for kids?  Well, just as kids learn through play, so can snooker players learn great technique through playing games. Learning does not have to be boring. In fact, you are more likely to learn more about great technique in cue sports through games. In this Q School coaching episode Rob reveals how you can vastly improve your skill in cue sports by learning through games.  Rob gives his take on the four levels of competence that you can move through to reach your snooker goals: Unconscious incompetence Conscious incompetence Conscious competence Unconscious competence Rob shows how it is the snooker coach’s job to help their student initially into stage two and then quickly build them into a point where they are aware of what they are doing wrong in their snooker game. Finally, the coach helps the student build their skill to the point where they are competent in their cue sports without being conscious of it. Rob emphasises the importance of coaching to help you through these stages and encourages listeners to attend his masterclass at the end of March.  See the Resources section below for the link for tickets Show your support to The CueZone Podcast via patreon.com and get early access to each new episode, free resources through an exclusive group and the chance to be at the live recording of our season finale. Resources  www.inthecuezone.com www.inthecuezone.com/masterclass http://homeschoolingalmanac.com/teaching-learning-games-10-20-repetitions-vs-400/ Published 26 February 2019 About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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#006 Sarah McManus: Female Referee Gets Contentious

Sarah McManus talks about being a female referee in the predominantly male world of snooker and how it’s changing thanks to the #metoo movement and about some of the hardest rules in the book - the miss rule, the push shot, the simultaneous hit and judging what to do about ungentlemanly conduct. She also talks about family, and how the snooker community helped her heal after the death of her son. Get involved with The CueZone Podcast: join the Facebook community to ask any questions or give your feedback. Published 20 November 2018 About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and The CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey. About the guest Known to be feisty, Sarah McManus, from Basildon in Essex, started out working at Basildon snooker club before becoming a referee for the WDBS. She is qualified as a snooker coach and is also a black belt in Shotokan karate. Sarah McManus on Twitter Sarah McManus on InstagramSupport the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

20 Nov 2018

Rank #7

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#007 Cue School: The Angle On Long Potting

Host and snooker coach Rob Reed gives you a fly-on-the-wall view of a private coaching session focused on long potting: he takes his client, and you, through getting the pre-shot routine right, doing warm-up exercises (and why you should always do them even if you’re just playing with mates) and how using a ghost ball aid can help you get the angle just right. Get involved with The CueZone Podcast: join the Facebook community to ask any questions or give your feedback or go to Inthecuezone.com to book lessons or buy books and coaching aids. Resources  Previous podcasts - Episode 3: Cue School - Pre-Shot Routine Ghost ball potting aid Book a personal snooker coaching session with Rob Reed Book an online snooker assessment with Rob Reed Published 27 November 2018 About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22mins

27 Nov 2018

Rank #8

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#013 How to Get Better Than Anyone Else

Do you struggle to improve your snooker game even though you put in hours of practice? Ever wondered why you aren’t getting the results you crave?   Well in this episode Rob Reed breaks down how your snooker practice sessions can transform your game, no matter what level you play at. He provides simple, easy to use tips on what to do and what not to do in your practice sessions. Rob talks about dedicated snooker practice sessions and he provides an A, B, C D formula for how to do this. He also discusses what not to do if you are having a bad day. Rob wraps things up by giving his key recommendations for practising snooker with the promise of a great gift at the end of the podcast.    Follow his tips not just for your snooker game but for any cue sport.  You won’t be sorry! Show your support to The CueZone Podcast via patreon.com and get early access to each new episode, free resources through an exclusive group and the chance to be at the live recording of our season finale. Published 29 January 2019 Resources www.inthecuezone.com/freegift  About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey.Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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#004 Rob Walker: Getting The Boys On The Baize

Rob Walker, the voice of snooker and creator of the catchphrase “let’s get the boys on the baize”, tells The CueZone how he made it as a broadcaster and master of ceremonies, the part luck played in his career and why he always wanted to commentate on the athletics. He describes how he coins nicknames such as The Thunder From Down Under and why hugs from Steve Davis shaped two of his best memories of hosting snooker. Get involved with The CueZone Podcast: join the Facebook community to ask any questions or give your feedback. Published 13 November 2018 About the host Rob Reed is a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Snooker accredited snooker coach, the founder of RR Cue Cases and CueZone. He trained as a rotary pilot in the British Army before turning his passion for snooker into a new entrepreneurial journey. About the guest  Sports commentator Rob Walker has been master of ceremonies (MC) at major televised snooker tournaments such as the World Snooker Championship since 2008, and has been host of the Global Snooker Awards. He has also worked with the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and the IAAF covering major sports events from the Football World Cup to the World Athletics Championships. Rob Walker’s website Rob Walker on TwitterSupport the show: http://www.patreon.com/cuezonepodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44mins

13 Nov 2018

Rank #10