One of the most important areas for a player, I believe, is achieving a balance between time spent in solo practice, and time spent in playing practice matches. The right balance must be found for each player individually. As too much to one side or the other, the potential for improvement is lessened.
Very few players around the world, have a practice partner. So, they are forced to practice a lot of solo. This can be good in the short run, but players find themselves not being match ready in the long run.
The same result is found in players who only practice with partners, leading them to be less confident when it comes to competitions.
2hr Solo Program
I have created a two-hour solo program to help guide players. I have divided it into six key areas, each of which contains their own drills and an allocated time.
A player would choose one or two drills, to practice and test their skill. This is an example of the type of practice structure players would utilize. However, it must be understood that every player will have to design a structure to suit their needs specifically.
- Technique – Aiming and Delivery
- Control – Selected Colour / Pocket
- Scoring – Test your levels
- Tactical – Safety / Tactics
- Weak Shots – Any Selected Shot
- Confidence – Build up your belief
I would also recommend that each player create a diary cataloguing their scores, wins and losses from each drill to visually see what they are good at and what needs to be further practised.
Adding this kind of program to your game is a fantastic way to practice because when you are playing against top players you will see what kind of shots and drills you will need to add to your own practice program to help you become a better player next time.