An interview with Brandon Sargeant

PJT Winner Sargeant Aims to Practice Smarter This Season

Two-time EASB Premier Junior Tour winner Brandon Sargeant says he aims to practice smarter with his snooker this season, not harder.

The 20-year-old, who practices at The Reardon in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, who has picked up two of the PJT events in Leeds and London so far this season says he practices four hours per day now, whereas, before, he was practicing much more.

He has played in many professional events in the past couple of years, but says getting to the pro rounds of the recent Paul Hunter Classic in Furth, Germany in the summer, gave him a lot of confidence in his game.

Said Sargeant in a Q&A: “I’m starting to feel more comfortable because i have played in situations like that many times over the last couple of years.”

He added: “I want to work on my mental side, and get some confidence back because I had a real bad time last year.”

He said he looks up to the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins, who have nine World Championships between them, especially Higgins because of the shots he plays.

 

Finding That Edge

The Englishman said he is planning on getting into Martial Arts in future and will try anything to get that edge.

Sargeant added: “I’m quite open-minded to try new things and have had a period of doing a lot of yoga, meditation and running.

Many snooker professionals have been trying to find new ways to give them that edge.

O’Sullivan loves his running, Neil Robertson loves his Vegan dieting, and so on.

 

David Deakes is Sargeant’s coach, and has helped him since he was 10.

At the place where he practices he says he gets free table time which is a help because Deakes owns the venue.

There are 10 snooker tables there, and private coaching is also available from a respected coach Neil Selman, who played in the World Championship qualifiers in 2009.

Selman also has some useful tips for players of all abilities on his YouTube channel Snooker Pro Tips.

 

Hopes for Q School

Sargeant is hoping he’ll do well at Q School next year, and gets a top up place, because there is a lot of great experience from playing in professional events.

He first started playing the game at nine years old, but was into pool at the very early age of four.

His best finish in a pro event he has entered so far was in 2015 when he reached the last 64 of a European Tour Event, Event Five.

Sargeant has also competed on the English Amateur Tour, where players compete for a FREE Q School place next year where the second event takes place at the Star Academy in Sheffield on the 28/29th October.

The Premier Junior Tour resumes for Event Three on 25/26th November in Derbyshire.