Managing expectations…


Yesterday Ronnie came on twitter with these:

I can declare my game won’t be at the highest level until I decide to put the same work ethic the other guys do on tour. But don’t write me off, cause when I decide tooI’ll be competing for trophy’s

I’m still playing just not enough to compete with the top guys. Wanna flow with it for a bit and then see what I fancy doing, sometimes you gotta take a step back, instead of forward, if that makes sense 😂

I’m still gonna play but I must have realistic expectations. These next 2 years are about rebuilding and reinventing.

When he won in Shanghai, last month, he wasn’t playing at his best, but he was competing hard. I noticed some changes in his stance too. He’s working with Sightright and I think he isn’t completely comfortable with the changes just yet.

I know, because I heard it from him more than once, that he doesn’t like playing below his ability as he believes that seeing him at his best is what fans expect and deserve. The last tweet is the key one: he’s making changes – rebuilding and reinventing – and doesn’t want people to be disappointed because they had too high expectations in the first place.

We’ll be waiting Ron! Good luck.

13 thoughts on “Managing expectations…

  1. In my opinion Ronnie played his best snooker from 2012 to the end of 2014. He won two worlds, he was superb at the Masters 2014 and at the Welsh Open 2014, which he won in magnificent style with an astonishing 147 in the last frame with Ding. Everything seemed perfect for his third world title in a row until the second day of his final with Selby. All of the sudden his nerves collapsed; everyone remembers that missed pink as the score was 11-11. This experience was so devastating that after the final he had a car accident driving to London with Ronnie jr. All his work with Dr. Peters looked vanished. That defeat hurts him a lot. But his form was such good to win the Champion of Champions and the Uk Champ. playing another maximum against Selt. If Ronnie would be able to find again that shape he wouldn’t need to reinvent his game neither practising with sightright. When he’s at his best, his snooker is simply perfect and nobody can beat him.

  2. As for the World Championships, whether it’s intentional or not, Ronnie has more or less appeared to design his schedule this year in ways that maximize his chances of winning at the Crucible, by playing a small number of tournaments and minimizing his travel (e.g. to China). If he’s ever going to win another WC he will need to make sure that his energy and interest level are as high as they can be going into the event, and the way he’s scheduling this season seems like it will help a lot in that respect (especially compared to last season).

    I don’t mean to imply that Ronnie is intentionally cutting back on playing/travelling this season as a means to increasing his chances at the Crucible, but I do think his scheduling will have that effect anyway…

  3. It’s interesting that he also acknowledges that he’s not putting in the “same work ethic” as the other guys on tour.

    That part doesn’t necessarily seem to fit with the “rebuilding and reinventing” idea, which would otherwise give the impression that he’s working hard to make changes in his game and doesn’t expect to see the results until he has practiced the changes long enough to make them permanent…

  4. If he has enough mental state (AND HE HAS) to manage his emotions he is good enough for the Crucible TOO with his B or C game.
    His A game was the English Open final last year or the 5-0 against Xiao with 4 centuries.
    And let’s not forget he always change his mind he always change what he has said. 🙂

    But anyway: it’s good news that he plans at least 3 more years on the Tour!
    Dr. Steve Peters needed 1 week to rebult the Ronnie who can control his emotions.
    Ronnie was very very bad mood at the end of 2011 (private life, lack of self-confidence). He was about to miss the Crucible.
    Called Dr. Steve Peters and within a week he played some good mental skill stuff at the Crucible.
    A year later (with working Dr. Steve he has won the world title).
    So he might win tournaments with his B or C game (for instance Shanghai Masters) but as Ronnie predicts his real good form will come 2 years later.
    Anyway at the Shanghai Masters final he was very good!

    So do not be too depressed!

    • I disagree. Ronnie’s B or C game is not enough to win the world title. And I noticed watching him playing in the last four years at the Crucible. He was never able to improve his game on these years. When he won in 2012 and 2013 he played at his absolute best. Steve Peters needed to work on Ronnie’s state of mind for almost a year, and not just a week.

      • This is true, they needed to work for much more than a week, and they still need to work at least occasionally to “consolidate” the results. But it is also true that after only a week it was obvious that Ronnie was much more positive and able to compete which he had not been for most of the season.
        To me, the main issue with Ronnie coming to the Crucible after 2014 is anxiety. He seemed very apprehensive before the tournament, even hinting that he could skip it. The problem I feel is with the level of expectations he has to cope with. His best chance to win it again IMO would be to go there as a total outsider. A bit like in 2013. Nobody expected him to win.

      • I think if his mental state is good, his B or C game is enough.
        The main reason – as Monique wrote – for the recent Crucible record is that 2014 final. He is not able to recover from that. And it not helps that he calls World Championship as a long boring tournament.
        He might be right but you should not call the World Ch’ship as a shit one.

        In 2012 he was very very very good. Surely one of the best tournament for him.
        In 2013 he struggled.
        From 7-7 against Ali Carter he found some magic what helped him to reach the final where he was well tested by Hawkins.

        I meant about a week that I saw the results of Steve’s work during the 2011 World Ch’ship. He should have won the title if he had avoidet John Higgins.

      • Ronnie has many times explained what he means by “boring” when it comes to the Crucible. It’s not so much the number or length of the matches. It’s the time in-between, with all it brings about: over-thinking, solitude, need to keep “focused”. And probably as well as the end-of-season tiredness there is the constant pressure of expectations. Ronnie loves Sheffield, but probably not at that time of the year. He’s regognised everywhere he goes, there is little privacy.
        As for work ethics, I’m not sure it means he doesn’t work enough on his game. But clearly he does not want to devote everything to his snooker, and it wouldn’t do him any good anyway IMO.

  5. Managing expectations is very good, although I wonder if it is a doomed exercise, as I suppose Ronnie’s fans expect him to win, managed or not. 🙂

    More interesting for me is that whether he means that he is not yet certain SightRight is for him and he will try it a little longer till he decides if he sticks with it, or he simply thinks he should put in more diligent work, but is not ready to do it (yet).

    In any case, good luck!

  6. Well if he’s relying mainly on his B- and C-game to win, he isn’t the only one! In fact, it’s clear at the moment that success in tournaments is really about battling through to the later stages, giving yourself a chance, relying on tactics and experience at least as much as heavy scoring.

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