A few months ago, my son and I expressed an interest to each other that
we'd both enjoy a game of snooker occasionally to have some quality
father/son time together. He is a final year student and I split my
time between photography and teaching so it is very difficult to find a
window when we're not busy.
After a few frames at our local golf club, we both found it a little
frustrating due to our (particularly my) limited skills. Rather than
giving up at the first hurdle, I went on to the internet and discovered
Jim' Donnelly's name, offering to coach beginners or people whose
skills had long disappeared. After a chat to Jim, my son and I drove
down to Glasgow for a two hour snooker coaching session that was to lead to us playing and enjoying three or four games a week.
Jim is a skilled teacher. He analysed our weaknesses in terms of
stance, cueing and rhythm and deconstructed our flaws, (mine
considerably greater than my son's). He then rebuilt everything to the
point where we could go back to Stonehaven and practise, secure in the
knowledge that we had been taught the correct methods in a way that
left us both feeling that we wanted to play regularly.
As a teacher myself, I can appreciate Jim's communication skills,
always insisting on the course member learning by doing rather than
watching. The basis of Jim's method is to have a solid foundation,
practising based on sound technique and developing a feel for every
Both my son and I love playing snooker together now and I'm amazed at
how many games go to the final black ball. This keeps us both
motivated. Neither of us wants to play in leagues but Jim's undoubted
skill has opened up a completely new and hitherto undiscovered way of
having a very pleasant hour or so together, two or three times a week.
We both value this time hugely and I thoroughly recommend a few hours
wih Jim to anyone who finds themselves in the same situation as us. You
won't regret it.
Andy Hall, Stonehaven