love of the game was originally expressed in a love of playing,
becoming avery good amateur in the days when there was little recognition
to be had from this - and certainly no gold at the end of the rainbow.
contrast with today's prodigies, Frank Callan was thirty-two when
he made his first century break. At nineteen he was the best player
in Fleetwood just down the coast from Blackpool, but went into the
army in 1940 and did not play again until he was twenty-seven years
then won the North West of England Championships and a few other
substantial amateur events, but many a week would not practise from
one week to the next due to increasing work commitments.
nothing much was happening in snooker in the 1960's Frank turned
his attentions to golf, another game which lends itself to the minute
dissection of technique which so fascinates him.
back injury in the late 1960's ended his participation in golf and
he returned to snooker again, securing the Fylde Championship in
1972 and winning a couple of other local events.
was clear however that at the age of fifty-two his best playing
days were behind him, due in part to the back injury that forced
him to re-modify his technique.
later life he found that he could make a major contribution to the
game of snooker through analysing the mechanics of technique in
an entirely fresh way and by challenging traditional methods of
coaching as expressed in books or as standard policy in World SnookerAssociation
outstanding success as a coach suggests that many official coaching
principles should now be re-considered.
firmed his opinion that the ideal way is to find a technique that
suits an individual's body, as opposed to moulding the body unnaturally
to a preconceived technique.
philosophy is that all coaching must be flexible to suit the requirements
of an individual.
as the most successful coach in the history of snooker Frank continues
to work withmany of the top players in the world, but also assists
seasoned amateurs, up and coming youngsters and new beginners to
his fascinating views, insights and thoughts into snooker. Let him
help you through the pages of this web site.
Callan Suite - 282 Ribbleton Lane, Ribbleton, Preston, Lancashire,
England - PR1 5EB - tel.
+ 44 (0) 1772 702211 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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