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Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots: 350 Moves Every Player Should Know (Harvest Original)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Byrne is to billiards what Shakespeare is to theater."-JERRY KARSH, PRESIDENT, U.S. BILLIARDS ASSOCIATION

Bestselling author, Hall-of-Famer, and master teacher Robert Byrne presents his most impressive effort yet: an exhaustive compendium of more than 350 pool shots that will take its place among the game's classic instructional books. Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots takes players on an accelerated trip from pool kindergarten to graduate school. Most of these expertly diagrammed shots are not widely known and many are described here for the first time-in many cases these are the secrets of a lifetime. Players of every skill level, including the most advanced, will find their game greatly strengthened by the clever moves Byrne has assembled.

*20 CATEGORIES OF POOL SHOTS-FROM TICKYS TO DOUBLE-KISSES

AND FROM JUMP SHOTS TO DIAMOND SYSTEMS

*SECRET SHOTS FOR WINNING GAMES

*VARIATIONS THAT WILL AMAZE AND INSPIRE

"I thought Byrne's best was already available, but 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

"Robert Byrne is a huge asset to our sport and one of the best instructors we've ever had. The shots in this book are very well selected, and I think this is his best book yet."-Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee, WPBA 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

Robert Byrne has won tournaments in eight-ball, nine-ball, and straight pool. In 1999 he won both the National Senior and National Amateur tournaments in three-cushion billiards. Named "best billiard writer" by Billiards Digest, his books and videos on pool have sold nearly a million copies. Byrne was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 2001. He lives in Dubuque, Iowa.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Bestselling author, Hall-of-Famer, and master-teacher Byrne is back with his most impressive effort yet: an exhaustive compendium of more than 350 pool shots that will take its place among the game's classic instructional books.

About the Author

Robert Byrne has won numerous tournaments including the National Senior and National Amateur tournaments in three-cushion billiards. Named "best billiard writer" by Billiards Digest, his books and videos on pool have sold nearly a million copies. Inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 2000, he lives in Dubuque, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

1 Basics

Getting Started Right 2

o The geometry of aiming 3

1 Follow and Draw 5

Sidespin 7

Safety Play 8

2 Cheating the pocket 11

3 Accuracy versus slop 12

4 Speed control-I 13

5 Speed control-II 14

6 Getting an angle 15

2 Fouls

7 Push-shot fouls 19

8 More push-shot fouls 20

9 Still more push-shot fouls 21

10 Shafted and fouled 22

11 A double-hit foul 23

12 Fair push shots 24

13 Two massé shots 25

14 How to spot a double hit 26

15 Two deceptive double-hit fouls 27

16 The grip-hand stop 28

17 Fair and foul-I 29

18 Fair and foul-II 30

19 The cut-shot foul 31

20 Avoiding a scratch-I 32

21 Avoiding a scratch-II 33

22 Foul to score 34

23 The impossible cut 35

24 Two optical illusion fouls 36

25 The lift-brush foul 37

3 Caroms

26 Solving and creating problems 41

27 Cluster busting 42

28 More cluster busting 43

29 A game winner 44

30 The distance factor 45

31 Two safety plays 46

32 Rail-first caroms 47

33 The tangent line 48

34 The three-ball carom 49

35 Push-throughs 50

36 The pull-back carom 51

37 Pull-back limits 52

4 Billiards

38 The kitchen carom 55

39 Billiard cluster-buster 56

40 Another billiard cluster-buster 57

41 Rail first to control the first ball 58

42 Rail first to control the cueball 59

43 The thick or thin choice 60

44 One rail to score 61

45 Cross-table shots 62

46 Up and down 63

47 Two-rail diagonal 64

48 Second-ball position 65

49 Length of table position 66

50 Side pocket position 67

51 Zigzag 68

52 Three rails in the side 69

53 Standard three-cushion bank 70

54 Long angle, three cushions 71

55 Four rails 72

56 Four rails with draw 73

57 Four-rail breakout 74

58 Another four-railer 75

59 Standard five-railer 76

60 Second-ball position, outside 77

61 Second-ball position, inside 78

5 Throw

62 Frozen cueball basics 81

63 Combination basics 82

64 Four applications 83

65 The roll-off shot 84

66 Cut-shot throw 85

67 Frozen rail combos 86

68 Two crucial shots 87

69 Minimizing drift 88

70 Two throw banks 89

71 Two puzzles 90

6 Sidespin

72 Sidespin limits 93

73 Double the rail 94

74 Doubling the long way 95

75 Doubling for position 96

76 Sidespin effects 97

77 Doubling limits 98

78 The "impossible" position shot 99

79 Inside and outside sidespin 100

80 A rail-shot trick 101

7 Topspin

81 Topspin limit 105

82 Fair and foul follows 106

83 Cheating the pocket 107

84 Speed control 108

85 Second-ball follow 109

86 Third-ball follow 110

87 Frozen surprise 111

88 Clearance follow 112

89 Rail curve 113

90 Phelan's follow 114

91 McCleery's creep 115

92 Cut-shot follow 116

93 Applying the curve 117

94 Heavy follow action 118

95 A treacherous shot 119

96 Thick or thin? 120

97 Small-gap follow 121

98 Massé follow and draw 122

99 Phelan off a ball 123

100 Cross-table dive 124

8 Backspin

101 Backspin limit 127

102 Two for starters 128

103 Three practice draws 129

104 Two more tests 130

105 Stun and draw 131

106 Spot-shot flexibility 132

107 The curve-around draw 133

108 Second-ball draw 134

109 Frozen second-ball draw 135

110 Angled second-ball draw 136

111 The frozen push-through 137

112 Elevated draw 138

113 Frozen rail draw 139

114 Rail draw 140

115 Rail-draw practice shot 141

116 Thin-hit rail draw 142

117 Rail-first cross table 143

118 Rail-first up table 144

119 Rail first to frozen ball 145

120 Small-gap draw 146

121 Extreme small-gap draw 147

122 Jump draw 148

123 Second-ball draw 149

124 Deadball draw 150

125 Deadball safeties 151

9 Stun

126 Stun practice 155

127 Rail-first stop 156

128 Second-ball stop 157

129 More stun practice 158

130 Still more practice 159

131 The right-angle principle 160

132 Tangent-line practice 161

133 Useful applications 162

134 Stun run-through for safety 163

135 Another safety play 164

136 An eighteen-foot safety 165

10 Rail first

137 Rail-first option 169

138 Simple rail firsts 170

139 Rail-first follow 171

140 Rail-first flexibility 172

141 Standard four-rail pattern 173

142 Frozen rail-first 174

143 Two little-known patterns 175

144 Draw and follow 176

145 The basic principle 177

146 The impossible cut 178

147 Rail-first safety 179

148 Two rails first-I 180

149 Two rails first-II 181

150 Another rail-first safety 182

151 A second option 183

152 Rail-first stroke shot 184

153 Rail first to score 185

11 Banks

154 Long and short 189

155 Slide and roll 190

156 The three-balls test 191

157 Transfer of spin-I 192

158 Transfer of spin-II 193

159 Maximum angle 194

160 Ball-induced spin 195

161 Triple banks 196

162 Double and triple 197

163 The long way 198

164 Kick-back strategy 199

165 A stop carom and a double bank 200

166 A moving carom and a kiss bank 201

167 Frozen kick back 202

168 Pocket-point escape 203

169 Time shot 204

12 Side Pockets

170 Scoring and position 207

171 Two kiss-backs 208

172 Around-the-table kiss-back 209

173 Off the points 210

174 Avoiding scratches-I 211

175 Avoiding scratches-II 212

176 Avoiding scratches-III 213

177 Off the point to score 214

178 Two escapes 215

179 A pocket-point kick 216

180 Time shot 217

13 Double kisses

181 Kiss-across subtleties 221

182 Kiss-across safety 222

183 Unfrozen double-kiss safety 223

184 Two-rail diagonal safety 224

185 Another two-rail kiss 225

186 Three cushions to score 226

187 Off the end rail 227

188 Kiss-back paths 228

189 Topspin curves 229

190 The sheepherder shot 230

191 Kiss-across surprise 231

192 Kiss forward 232

193 Diagonal kiss forward 233

194 The Hustler bank 234

14 Tickys

195 The primary pattern 237

196 Variations 238

197 The follow ticky 239

198 Around the table 240

199 Two rails first 241

200 The draw ticky 242

201 Long diagonal draw 243

202 The "impossible" ticky 244

15 Sink-ins

203 An easy one 247

204 An even easier one 248

205 The draw curve 249

206 First trick shot 250

207 Around the table 251

208 Simple safety 252

209 Sink in to score 253

210 The limiting position 254

211 Rail first 255

212 A great escape 256

213 Richie's shot 257

16 Jumps

214 Easy and hard 261

215 Second-ball jump 262

216 Ball-rail jump 263

217 Easier and harder 264

218 The thin-hit jump 265

219 Falling off the ledge 266

220 The point jump and the jump draw 267

221 The frozen spot shot 268

222 Lots of luck 269

17 Pocket points

223 Point the way 273

224 Kiss back off the point 274

225 A challenge shot 275

226 An accidental discovery 276

227 Escaping corner hooks 277

228 Two 2-point shots 278

229 A kiss-back dream bank 279

18 Massés

230 The geometry of massé shots 283

231 Degrees of elevation 284

232 Two swerves 285

233 Three-step aiming 286

234 Three practice shots 287

235 Two practical massés 288

236 Inside forced massé 289

237 Outside forced massé 290

238 Reverse position 291

239 Swerve position 292

240 U-turn position 293

241 U-turn extended 294

242 Massé draw 295

243 Frozen massé 296

244 Frozen rail swerve 297

245 Kiss-back massé 298

246 The push curve 299

247 Backward position 300

19 Systems

248 Around the table-I 304

249 Around the table-II 305

250 Around the table-III 306

251 Opposite three-I 307

252 Opposite three-II 308

253 Opposite three-III 309

254 End rail first-I 310

255 End rail first-II 311

256 End rail first-III 312

20 Selected Secrets

257 English and distance 315

258 Two clearance shots 316

259 A clearance bank 317

260 Interference system 318

261 Aggressive defense-I 319

262 Aggressive defense-II 320

263 Defensive offense-I 321

264 Defensive offense-II 322

265 Winning options 323

266 A sneaky ploy 324

267 Safe or sorry 325

268 Choice of position 326

269 Creating a break ball 327

270 Insurance-I 328

271 Insurance-II 329

272 Run around or back around 330

273 Time shot-I 331

274 Time shot-II 332

Appendix

The Culture of the Game 333

Index 353

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156027212
Author:
Byrne, Robert
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
Orlando, Fla.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Pool (Game)
Subject:
Bodybuilding & Weight Training
Subject:
Pool
Subject:
General Games
Subject:
Pool, Billiards, Snooker
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Games-General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Original
Series Volume:
no. 814
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Diagrams, photographs, and line illustra
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 1.55 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author, Hall-of-Famer, and master-teacher Byrne is back with his most impressive effort yet: an exhaustive compendium of more than 350 pool shots that will take its place among the game's classic instructional books.

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