Comeback? Stephen Hendry reveals link up with successful snooker coach

Seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry has revealed he has been working with specialist snooker coach Steven Feeney to help him enjoy playing again.

The legendary snooker star considered one of the greatest ever players, who retired from playing professionally in 2012, announced the link up when chatting live to fellow former world champion Ken Doherty on Instagram on Monday night.

Mr Feeney is well known in the snooker world for developing a coaching strategy called Sight Right, which has helped the likes of Stuart Bingham and Mark Williams improve their game and win the World Championship in recent years.

The specialist coach has also worked with Ronnie O’Sullivan and has helped David Gilbert climb the world rankings to become one of snooker’s elite stars.

His methods have also led to success in other sports including golf and darts.

Stephen Hendry. Picture by Monique Limbos

And it was revealed last night how Hendry and Feeney have been working together on the snooker table with the Scot preparing for the World Seniors Championship – which is scheduled to take place in August, pending Government guidelines.

Hendry said: “I’ve been doing a wee bit with Steven Feeney and I’m starting to get a bit of pleasure hitting the ball properly.

“I’ve had about half a dozen sessions with him and I was getting quite into it and obviously this (cornavirus/lockdown) has happened. He asked me what I wanted from it at the beginning and I said ‘look I just want to enjoy playing’.

“The way I was playing, even in the Seniors. Not hitting the ball properly, it was just torture really, it’s the last throw of the dice.

Stephen Feeney next to Stuart Bingham after his 2015 World Championship win. Picture courtesy of Steve Feeney

“If this thing works out with Feeney, I start to hit the ball properly and get a bit more enjoyment out of playing… ‘

“The World Championship Seniors is hopefully going to be on in August. You win that, get in the Champion of Champions, you see what happens there and you never know. ‘I’m making no plans, I just want to enjoy playing then see what comes from there.”

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