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Pool Player's Edge
Pool Player's Edge
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Oct.01.2004
  • 9780736087254

Shari gives an overview of the book:

Great pool players know that competing successfully in tournament competition requires more than technical shotmaking skills. You also need to be able to execute them under pressure, read the table, anticipate your opponents’ shots, and maintain your focus throughout the match. This advanced insight into the game is what Pool Player’s Edge is all about. First, you’ll learn the high-level skills and top-shelf shots: Stop, stun, and drag shots Frozen ball shots Banks and kicks Combinations and caroms Jump shots and curve balls Second, you’ll learn how to incorporate these skills and shots into your overall table strategy (mapping the table), which gives you a superior plan of attack in every game you play. Consistently setting yourself up for the next shot by thinking ahead several shots becomes much easier—and more important—as you improve. Finally, you’ll learn...
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Great pool players know that competing successfully in tournament competition requires more than technical shotmaking skills. You also need to be able to execute them under pressure, read the table, anticipate your opponents’ shots, and maintain your focus throughout the match. This advanced insight into the game is what Pool Player’s Edge is all about.

First, you’ll learn the high-level skills and top-shelf shots:

  • Stop, stun, and drag shots
  • Frozen ball shots
  • Banks and kicks
  • Combinations and caroms
  • Jump shots and curve balls

Second, you’ll learn how to incorporate these skills and shots into your overall table strategy (mapping the table), which gives you a superior plan of attack in every game you play. Consistently setting yourself up for the next shot by thinking ahead several shots becomes much easier—and more important—as you improve.

Finally, you’ll learn winning tactics for 8-Ball and 9-Ball. The book’s three-dimensional diagrams showing ball position, cue placement, and shot execution will help you grasp the intricacies of the two games. You’ll make smarter strategic decisions, be more confident, and perform your best consistently in competition.

In addition, Pool Player’s Edge features advanced mental focusing techniques for developing toughness under pressure. And the troubleshooting section is a great reference for even the best players.

Authors Kanov and Stauch are veteran professional players and highly regarded teachers. Take advantage of their pro-level advice and you will soon be controlling the cue ball as never before and running the table much more frequently. And your opponents will soon learn that you have the pool player’s edge.

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To play winning 9-Ball is to run perfect racks with surgical precision, and equally, to know when that’s not possible and opt to play a brilliant safety that will ensure your quick return to the table. Giving up the table doesn’t have to mean giving up control. The pros may make it look easy on the tube, but there’s more to this game than meets the eye. Once you get past the opening break and decide whether to shoot or roll out, a number of new options will present themselves. For them to present themselves thoroughly, you must be paying attention. Remember that the keys to winning 9-Ball include having patience, understanding options, controlling your speed, and knowing when to play it safe.

Be Patient
Just because the game looks fast and plays fast doesn’t mean you won’t need to take your time in the beginning of the rack. Watch the pros on TV and note that it’s those shots just after the break that demand the most time and patience from the player at the table. Here’s what they’re deciding, and the thoughts behind those decisions:...

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About Shari

Creator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years. She manages the Charleston Center for Women Women’s Writer Series, and is a past producer of the South Carolina Writers Workshop (SCWW) Conference. Stauch is also Co-...

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Author's Publishing Notes

From Booklist: General pool instruction books are many, and all face the same challenge: balancing the different needs of beginning and intermediate players. Too many basics, and better players will feel cheated; too much esoterica, and novices will be lost. Kanov and Stauch, of Pool & Billiard Magazine, do a nice job of splitting the difference here. In Part 1, "Becoming a Player," they break the game into "The Essentials" (the physical elements of play); "Perfecting Your Aim"; "Top-Shelf Shots" (more accomplished tools that are nonetheless often useful or necessary); "Mapping the Table" (learning positional strategy); and "Mastering the Mind Game" (addressing the key mental aspects of a game where, really, you play yourself). Parts 2 and 3 focus on eight-ball and nine-ball, the country's two most popular games. Clean layout makes lessons easy to locate, and attractive diagrams usually make them easy to understand. The writing is thorough but not dense...