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Pool and Billiards For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-56553-7
384 pages
March 2010
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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 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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Table of Contents


Part I: Fundamentals of Pool.

Chapter 1: Arriving at the Pool Party.

Chapter 2: Getting Down: Building a Solid Stance.

Chapter 3: Handling the Cue.

Chapter 4: On Target: The Science and Feel of Aiming.

Chapter 5: Hit It: Creating a Solid Stroke.

Chapter 6: Playing Nice: The Etiquette of the Game.

Part II: Controlling the Cue Ball.

Chapter 7: Getting Control and Stopping the Cue Ball.

Chapter 8: Aim High: Incorporating Follow.

Chapter 9: Using Draw: Putting Backspin on the Cue Ball.

Chapter 10: The English Effect: Using Sidespin on the Cue Ball.

Part III: Taking Your Shots.

Chapter 11: Opening Shots: The Rack and the Break.

Chapter 12: Thinking Ahead: Position and Pattern Play.

Chapter 13: Shot-making: Tackling the Most Frequent Situations.

Chapter 14: Eying Combinations: Making Shots with Multiple Balls.

Chapter 15: Billiards and Caroms: Finding New Ways to Pocket Balls.

Chapter 16: Banks and Kicks: Making the Most of the Rails.

Chapter 17: Thinking Defensively: Playing Safe.

Part IV: The Games You’ll Play.

Chapter 18: The Magic of 8-Ball.

Chapter 19: 9-Ball: The Hustler’s Game.

Chapter 20: Pool’s Many Other Games.

Part V: Gearing Up.

Chapter 21: Equipment Check: Looking for Quality Tools.

Chapter 22: Pool Is Mental: Winning the Head Games.

Chapter 23: Drilling It Home: Practice Techniques.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Mastering Ten Trick Shots.

Chapter 25: Overcoming Ten or So Common Problems.


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Author Information

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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Press Release

March 11, 2010

Forget the tired stereotype of the “smoky backroom pool hall crawling with sharks, hustlers and cheats.” Billiards is an increasingly modern game, one that constantly ranks as the most popular participation sport in the U.S. In recent years, pool leagues have become such popular social (and competitive) outlets, you’d be hard pressed not to find one within minutes of home!

Still, the pool hall — or the simple act of picking up a cue — can be intimidating to the beginner. That’s why Pool & Billiards For Dummies® (Wiley; 978-0-470-56553-7; March 2010) is the perfect “in” into the wonderful world of cue sports. Whether you aren’t sure which end is up on a cue stick or you’re looking to pick up some professional advice after hours at the table, this book will deliver the skill-building principles and strategic know-how to put you in total control.

With detailed step-by-step instruction, Pool  & Billiards For Dummies is perfect for beginners looking for a fun and friendly approach to the game. This guide is also a great tool for players looking for additional instruction, covering all things from basic fundamentals to advanced concepts such as position play and “English.”

With Pool & Billiards For Dummies, readers will have a perfect avenue into the exciting world of pool. Players will learn to:

- Discover the rules and strategies of the most popular games, including 8-ball and 9-ball

- Hold the cue properly and learn the fundamentals of a proper stroke

- Control the cue ball before and after pocketing a ball

- Perform trick shots to amaze friends

- Play like a champion regardless of experience

Jammed full of essential info for the developing player, this book is a must-have for everyone who wants to get the most out of their time at the pool table. Pool & Billiards For Dummies is a treatise full of fundamentals, tips, hints and drills to turn readers from newbie to natural.


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