Pool And Billiard Books


Pool And Billiard Books

Byrne’s New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards

Robert Byrne (Author)pool and billiards books

Book Description

Publication Date: July 15, 1998

“The definitive work on pool and billiards” (National Billiard News) by champion player Robert Byrne

Now updated throughout and expanded with new material on strategy in eight- and nine-ball, trick shots, and billiard memorabilia, Byrne’s New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards is the classic guide to cue games—complete with detailed diagrams and photographs to help improve play at every level.

Critics Review

In the world of cue sticks and side pockets, this is the gospel, the 1998 revised, standard version of the 1978 bible. A champion player, indefatigable writer, and inexhaustible promoter of his sport, Byrne racks his book into two halves, the first a primer on pool, the second on three-cushion billiards. Beginning with the fundamentals, he goes on to run the table with lots of readable advice and detailed diagrams for how to play individual shots, including trick shots, strategies for eight- and nine-ball, and rules for the major pool games. Then it’s on to billiards, where he banks from the fundamentals to the art of shot making and tactics for play at every level, touching on every conceivable cushion along the way. (Amazon.com Review – Jeff Silverman )

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The 99 Critical Shots in Pool: Everything You Need to Know to Learn and Master the Game

Ray Martin (Author), Inc. IMGS (Author), Estate of Rosser Reeves (Author)pool and billiard books

Book Description

Publication Date: October 5, 1993 | Series: Other

Thirtieth anniversary edition out in 2007!

World Champion Pool Player Ray “Cool Cat” Martin shares his secrets for playing winner’s pool in this classic book, now with a new introduction by the author. Written with co-author Rosser Reeves three decades ago, The 99 Critical Shots in Pool remains one of the most authoritative guides to the game ever written. Over 200 illustrations show the proper form, technique, and approach to shots such as:

• The Center Ball Cheat-the-Pocket

• The Hook Shot

• The Seven Ball Stop Shot

• The Jump Shot

• The Frozen Kiss Shot

• The Nudge Shot

• The Side Pocket By-Pass Shot

Ray Martin, a Billiards Congress of America Hall of Fame inductee, is one of only seven players in the twentieth century to win three or more world 14.1 titles. He co-wrote this book with Rosser Reeves in 1976.

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Byrne’s Complete Book of Pool Shots: 350 Moves Every Player Should Know

Robert Byrne (Author)Pool And Billiard Books

Book Description

Publication Date: October 6, 2003 | Series: Harvest Original

 A comprehensive shot-by-shot instructional guide from billiards expert Robert Byrne

Ranging from tickys and double-kisses to jump shots and diamond systems, Byrne’s Complete Book of Pool Shots takes players on an accelerated trip from pool kindergarten to graduate school. Players of every skill level will find ways to improve their game and get ahead of their opponents with 350 of Byrne’s clever and intricately diagrammed moves—many of which are outlined here for the first time by one of the game’s most masterful players and teachers.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The game’s preeminent writer (his Byrne’s New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards, first published in 1978, has been a top seller for a quarter century) returns with his trademark blend of succinct sentences, dry wit, and sound advice. In some ways, the concept is similar to Ray Martin’s The 99 Critical Shots in Pool (1982); by mastering the most commonly occurring shots, players will learn to recognize their variants in game situations. Byrne, however, does Martin one better–or perhaps 251 shots better–by including esoteric moves that represent the most advanced applications of the physics involved. This staggering collection–including caroms, billiards, rail-first shots, tickys, and masses–is not for the rank beginner. There is scant information on how to hold a cue or how to stand while shooting. But any player with a reasonably consistent stroke will find engaging exercises here. Even better, the chapter on fouls provides ample fodder for spotting hustlers (Byrne notes that this information is provided “for your protection, not so that you can start a life of crime yourself.”). Keir Graff

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“The best book ever written on both pool and billiards.”–Michael Shamos, curator, the Billiard Archive

“Byrne is to billiards what Shakespeare is to theater.” –Jerry Karsh, president, U.S. Billiards Association

“Just when I thought Robert Byrne’s best was already available, this book proved me wrong. Takes the art of pool to another level with charm and wit…a masterpiece!”

(Tom ‘Dr. Cue’ Rossman, ESPN and World Masters Trick Shot Champion )

“It’s simple — without this book you’ll start losing to people who have it. No matter how much you think you know about pool, you don’t know this much.”

(Michael Shamos Author and Curator of the Billiard Archive )

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Pool and Billiards For Dummies

Nicholas Leider (Author)Pool And Billiard Books

Book Description

Publication Date: March 8, 2010

Practical, step-by-step tips for players of all levels

From Snooker to Carom to good-old-fashioned 8- or 9-Ball, Pool & Billiards For Dummies reveals the tips, tricks, and rules of play, covering the variety of the ever-popular games that make up pool and billiards. This hands-on guide discusses everything from the rules and strategies of the games to how to set up a pool room to choosing the right equipment, and is accompanied by dozens of photos and line drawings.

See how hard to hit the cue ball and where to hit it, the angle to hold the cue stick and how much chalk to use, how to use a bridge, and how to put spin on the ball

Includes advanced pool techniques and trick shots for the seasoned pool sharp

With Pool & Billiards For Dummies, even a novice can play like a champion!

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Practical, step-by-step tips for players of all levels

From snooker to carom to good, old-fashioned 8- or 9-ball, Pool & Billiards For Dummies reveals the tips, tricks, and rules of play, covering the variety of the ever-popular games that make up pool and billiards. This hands-on guide discusses everything from the rules and strategies of the games to how to set up your very own poolroom.

Gearing up — find, buy, and maintain the cue that’s best for you and accessorize your game with chalk, racks, lights, and triangles

Get schooled on the fundamentals of pool — find out how to build a solid stance; get a feel for aiming; and create a dependable, consistent stroke

Control the cue ball — discover how to control the movement of the cue ball to make stop shots and incorporate topspin, backspin, and sidespin

Take your best shot — follow instructions on tackling common shots, eyeing combinations, and playing offensively and defensively

Oh, the games you’ll play — get the rules and strategies for playing 8-ball, 9-ball, multiplayer games, and professionals’ games

Open the book and find:

The differences between pool and billiards

Game-winning strategies no matter what version of the game is played

Helpful diagrams and photos

Drills for all skills

Games to measure your progress

The etiquette of pool

Coverage of the Ghost Ball System

The secrets of creating a powerful break shot

Tips on finding the right cue for you

Learn to:

Play by the rules and develop game-winning strategies for the most popular games

Hold the stick correctly and hit the cue ball properly

Play like a champion regardless of your experience

Perform trick shots to amaze your friends

About the Author

Nicholas Leider is Managing Editor of Billiards Digest magazine, for which he continues to write extensively on billiards play and game strategy.

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Capelle’s Practicing Pool

Phil Capelle (Author)<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0964920492/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&tag=commtelligent-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0964920492"><img border="0" src="http://ws.assoc-amazon.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&Format=_SL160_&ASIN=0964920492&MarketPlace=US&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&tag=commtelligent-20&ServiceVersion=20070822" ></a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=commtelligent-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0964920492" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Book Description

Publication Date: January 15, 2006

Take your game to the next level and beyond with Phil Capelle’s Practicing Pool book. If you always wanted to play like a professional now you can by learning how to practice like a professional. Here are just few of the lessons that are covered in this book: Learn to Learn Pool How to become a great student, an efficient and expert learner. Make the most of your time. Fast Start A program guaranteed to get a new player off to a great start. Fundamentals First How to develop, correct, and maintain the foundation for your game. Natural Aiming A unique and highly effective way to pocket any shot on the table. Cue Ball Wizard How to build the foundation for playing precision shape and how to extend your skills. Pattern Pro Learn to read the table, plan your runouts, and maintain control on offense. Take Control Put your opponents in jail with killer safety skills the pros use to win games. Strategic Kicking Use Shot Pictures to master kick shots. No complex systems, no memorization, just a strategic approach that works.

Editorial Reviews


With Capelle you always get more than you paid for. In this book he includes practice on reading the table, on the mental game, aiming, how to create your own customized practice sessions, and a lot more. The book is packed with tips,

information, routines, and insights and has just become one more must have for anyone who wants to get better at pool. –Tom Shaw, Pool & Billiard Magazine

“If you TRULY want to take your game to the next level or even to become a professional pool player, then this book is a MUST for your library.” –John Cash, The National Billiard News

“Right down to the user friendly spiral binding this book screams buy me! Immerse yourself in Capelle’s Practicing Pool and you too will find the value to be incalculable!” –John Evans, On the Wire

About the Author

Phil Capelle is the author of 8 top selling instructional books. He has been a columnist for Pool & Billiard Magazine for 10 years and is the founder of Billiards Press, the leading publisher of high quality pool instruction.

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