If you have been watching Stuart Bingham’s magnificent run to the finals of the World Snooker Championship, you may have heard a few mentions of his coach Stephen Feeney and how Bingham credits much of his success to working with the SightRight supremo.
Dennis Taylor referred to this in commentary during Bingham’s semi-final clash with Judd Trump, while the world number ten himself highlighted how his career has blossomed since working with Feeney, using his unique SightRight coaching routines and SightRight cue technology.
“Five years ago I started working with Steve and since then it has all happened for me,” said Bingham, after his fantastic 13-9 quarter-final success against Ronnie O’Sullivan.
“I was a bit of a journeyman before but I’ve gone from strength to strength in the last five years.”
The statistics back up Bingham’s self-assessment, who won his first career ranking title in 2011 some 15 years after turning professional.
Since that victory in the Australian Goldfields Open, he has added the Shanghai Masters, Premier League and Championship League to his growing trophy haul. Having heard Bingham previously claim that Feeney’s SightRight methods turned him into a winner, many aspiring Snooker players may be asking themselves what SightRight is and if it could help them play better Snooker.
SightRight is the brainchild of experienced and innovative coach Stephen Feeney, who has introduced his patented SightRight sighting and alignment tests and SightRight coaching methods to Snooker, Golf and Darts.
For the last 18-years, Feeney, the world’s number one sighting and alignment expert and specialist coach, has been developing his patented inventions and revolutionising coaching in accuracy across these sports.
Through his work with the best golfers, snooker and dart players in the world, Feeney has developed a unique understanding and expertise in the technical elements of ‘accuracy’ sports, which sets his practices apart from the standard coaching methods.
In Snooker, he has tested and coached a number of former World Champions and legends of the game in his SightRight routines, along with several of the world’s current top players.
In short, Feeney has successfully developed proven coaching methods in the fundamental principles of the game and pioneered his innovative approach with SightRight, revolutionising coaching in the sport.
SightRight has the backing of legends too. Jimmy White has already been appointed as global ambassador for Feeney’s new SightRight Coaching Accreditation Programme, Cliff Thorburn has been appointed as his North American and Canadian Ambassador and several World Snooker Coaches are already ‘lining up’ to enhance their current coaching skills by becoming accredited SightRight Snooker coaches.
Feeney’s work with Bingham has seen a dramatic improvement in the form of the Basildon ace and he believes that his methods can improve a player of any ability. His experience confirms that he has always seen an improvement when his coaching techniques are embraced.
Bingham has certainly embraced the SightRight methods he is now championing. Feeney is his full time coach and Bingham has the patented SightRight ‘sighting and alignment’ aid integrated in his cue, which has been sanctioned for use in tournament play by the WPBSA.
“Stuart has an enormous amount of talent,” said Feeney, who also coaches Martin Gould.
“My job, like any coach, is to maximise that talent and ensure he achieves his full potential. SightRight Cue technology combined with my coaching methods can improve any player because they take the guess work out of aiming, ensure development of ‘on line’ pre-shot routines, technical alignment and accurate cueing.
“Ultimately this means improved accuracy across the player’s whole game and improved consistency which inevitably leads to better results, greater confidence and enhanced self-belief. In Stuart we have the right blend for success and he is now a prolific winner.”
“Stuart is always striving to improve and is willing to put in the work to do so. What he has achieved over the last four to five years since we got together comes as no surprise to me and he is getting better and better.”
The success of Feeney’s SightRight concept has resulted in not only a new approach to coaching but also in new products.
His global partnership with Riley BCE has seen the launch of a new range of Riley SightRight Cues incorporating the patented precision integrated sighting and alignment technology, an interactive SightRight coaching app designed to help those buying a Riley SightRight Cue get the best out of their cue, and the launch of a SightRight Coach Accreditation Programme to deliver the proven SightRight Coaching methods to clubs and players at all levels in the UK and around the World.
The success of his work with Bingham continues to show in the results of the 38-year-old self-confessed ‘late-bloomer’ and the ultimate achievement for any professional sportsman is now a real possibility for a man who admits that he would not have believed he would be where he is now before he started working with Feeney.