I cant think of any reason for the open snooker stance, please discuss.
When done properly (a critical element to this discussion) the snooker stance is the finest way to maintain a positive & consistent alingment over the CB. Your arm will "lock in" & your follow-thru is constrained to a straight line. Once you feel that sensation, no other stance is needed. Sighting of the CB is unparalleled. Also, your cue will now have 4 points of contact with your body: grip hand, side of chest, chin, & bridge hand.
None of this is true of the pool stance(s) I've employed over the years. I always felt like my shooting arm was just dangling out there (sometimes tucked behind my back) & subject to wobbling around on the follow-through. Consistency was poor. Every day I played I was hoping against hope that I "caught a stroke". My cue only had 2-3 points of contact with the cue: grip hand, (sometimes my chin) & bridge hand.
Also, if your back hurts after 5 minutes, you are doing it wrong. Experiment until the pain is relieved.
I think if you study the great Joe Davis
FYI, here is some info from my snooker stance resource page:
This is mainly due to a lower table surface height. Most snooker players have to adapt their stance by either bending their back leg which is normally locked, or shifting their body forward and placing more weight on the table so that the back leg can remain locked.A very good question. I can shoot better using a snooker stance but my back hurts like hell after 5 minuteds of playing this way.
Personally, I will venture out and say that the follow through has a much better chance of being straight as this stance restricts where the arm goes.
It is actually more likely that the cue will be central under the eyes. Most snooker players do not rely on dominant eye or are unaware of it without seeking extra input into their game. As long as the cue does not lay outside the eyes then the brain will automatically adjust. The human eye(while still having a dominant side) can be easily trained to sight centrally at distances that are further away. Again there are exceptions like Jamie Jones.It places dominant eye over cue with less neck twisting, and allows you to use standard stance when up against table.
Surpised you didn't say right side and wrong side. Most other countries are aware that in the USA right can actually be wrong...lolIt could be the same reason that some of the world drives on the right side of the road and others on the left. Snooker is popular in England and the rest of the world wants to be different.
This can play a part but again it is easier to 'address' the table with a snooker stance due to the height rather than the length.The stance is different because of the difference in table sizes. When one foot is behind the other less reach is available. Anyone who plays all the time on a 12 foot table will adopt the open stance.
As Ghosst mentioned this is closest to the mark.Snooker tables are taller and you have to reach farther. Also, snooker balls are much lighter and require less power to move around.
Thanks to everybody for this thread. Very interesting and useful.
My question: When I try an open stance I need to have my grip hand inside my elbow ("chicken wing") in order to get the cue comfortably under my chin, and my hip then seems to be in the way of my stroke. Am I making the mistake of trying to keep my hips and shoulders too parallel with my feet?
It is actually more likely that the cue will be central under the eyes. Most snooker players do not rely on dominant eye or are unaware of it without seeking extra input into their game. As long as the cue does not lay outside the eyes then the brain will automatically adjust. The human eye(while still having a dominant side) can be easily trained to sight centrally at distances that are further away. Again there are exceptions like Jamie Jones.
Top snooker players have very good spatial abilities to adapt for depth of field in their surroundings and to concentrate on the table surface as a whole. This is partly due to the green cloth, the table size and also the lit surface with usually dark surroundings.