That may sound like a gross over simplification, but a moment’s reflection will tell you that it is not. In order to achieve any desired result with the object ball (potting it being the most obvious one) and subsequently with the cue ball (‘on’ another pot or safe), you simply have to strike the cue ball at the correct point, on the correct line and with the correct strength. The correct line ensures the pot, while the other two factors determine the position on the table at which the cue ball will come to rest. The skills involved in doing this are in varying degrees the finer points of snooker.
Until, indeed, you have absorbed the information here and incorporated it into your play. And that warning is directed at the club player of good standard as much as it is at the novice. The key to successful snooker is the cue action. There is an exact parallel here with golf. It is plain to anyone that the action of the golf swing itself far outweighs any other aspect of the game. Choosing the right shot and the right club for it are simple matters, which is why when you watch Ballesteros on television you almost invariably know what he is trying to do. But the swing! That damnable swing! It is the curse of the Sunday golfer, and the bane of the professional’s life. In both cases they practise it endlessly. They never doubt for a moment that if their swing is on song, the game will follow; that if it is not, all is in vain.