Pool and Billiards For Dummies
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!
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.