Pool Player's Edge

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Human Kinetics, 2004 - Games - 219 pages
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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 Edgeis 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 ballsSecond, 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 Edgefeatures 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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About the author (2004)


Gerry ""The Ghost"" Kanov and Shari ""The Shark"" Stauch combine an unprecedented wealth of professional pool experience and talent to create this book. Both are staff members of Pool & Billiard Magazine, the top publication for the sport. They have played and worked with virtually every top professional pool player and instructor in the world.

Kanov has been playing professional and amateur pool since 1968. He has dozens of local and national top-three finishes and championships, including two national team championships as a player or coach. He is an instructional editor and technical advisor for Pool & Billiard Magazine and writes the ""Ghost"" column.

Kanov also is a touring professional on the Camel Pro Billiard series and a coach for several top players. He also has a screen credit: He portrayed a referee in the motion picture The Color of Money. Kanov lives in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Stauch has been on the Women's Pro Billiard Tour since 1980. She has been consistently ranked in the top 32 and is a former Illinois and Wisconsin state 9-Ball champion. She is the owner and executive editor of Pool & Billiard Magazine and has performed dozens of exhibitions for a variety of clients, such as ESPN, ESPN2, and Gordon's Gin and Vodka.

Stauch is the founding president of the Billiard Education Foundation, which conducts youth billiard national championships and provides scholarships. She serves as the treasurer on the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) board of directors and as the public relations director of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports, an international federation that succeeded in getting pool recognized as an official Olympic sport for the 2000 Games. Stauch was also involved with The Color of Money, serving as a consultant. She lives in Summerville, South Carolina.

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