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Steve Tuck

Steve Tuck

Steve Tuck

 I picked up a cue again in June 2013 after a break of 31 years. I started playing snooker at the age of 13 and in 1979, aged 16, I made my first century break. I stopped playing in 1982 when I went to Nottingham University to study Chemical Engineering. During that final year, I was:

  • Norfolk U18 Snooker Champion
  • Norfolk U21 Snooker Champion
  • King’s Lynn & District Snooker Champion
  • King’s Lynn Jnr Champion
  • Wisbech & District Snooker Champion
  • Wisbech Jnr Champion
  • Boston U18 Snooker Champion
  • Norfolk Team Billiards Winner
  • Norfolk County Team Player
 
My family home is in King’s Lynn. I’m married to Vanessa and we have four children. I work as a Process Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry.
 
In 2013, whilst working away near Grimsby and having joined a local club, I decided to start playing again. I purchased a new cue, made to my own spec, by Jason Owen. It is a one-piece ash shaft, with a black ebony butt, decorated with white maple and ebony single veneers and a kingswood face splice. It’s 58.5 inches long, weighs 18.5 oz, with a 9.75mm dia. Elkmaster tip.
 
Once committed, I invested in some coaching sessions with Del Hill who has given me such an insight into the finer technical aspects of the stance, aiming and cue delivery.
 
After a few months and re-assessing my aspirations, I decided to concentrate on billiards as I believe this is game where I can make most headway. I then sought out Phil Welham and have been fortunate enough to spend a number of sessions with him recently. His enthusiasm and expertise has really inspired me to learn this game and to improve my all round play and in particular, Top of the Table. I currently divide my playing time between Woodside Snooker Centre, Norwich (midweek – which is close to where I currently work) and Maltings Q Club, King’s Lynn (weekends).
 
After only a few months of playing, my top break is 51 in matchplay and 74 in practice. My aim is to make a century break by the end of 2014.