The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards

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Dr. Dave Billiards Resources, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 274 pages
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Master one of the world’s most popular games with the help of a mechanical engineering professor who has a passion for pool. More than 80 principles of the game, presented with 250-plus precisely scaled illustrations and photographs, offer players of all levels a thorough overview of the fundamentals of 8-ball and 9-ball, including grip and stance, basic shots, position play and strategy, bank and kick shots, and advanced techniques such as carom and jump shots. Organized for quick study, this must-have guide features extensive cross-references and is supplemented with video clips, interesting mathematical formulas, and other resources also available at www.engr.colostate.edu/pool.
 

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Contents

Figures
2
14 Three cut shots for Figure 3 13 46
3
6 Example of terminology
12
Technical Proofs
13
Fundamentals
15
1 The short game
16
1 Miscue due to offcenter hit with no chalk
17
2 The effect of cuetip shape on ball contact
18
24 30 rule speed effects
120
Position Play and Strategy
125
1 The Holy Grail of pool
126
1 Favorable angle for position control
128
6 Follow and draw are often
132
3 Using side English to help run a fourshot sequence
133
6 Using reverse English to kill
134
13 Example of great position
140

5 Best bridge
23
8 Mechanicalbridge technique
25
1 1 Dont move anything
29
10 Strokingplane alignment
32
Executing Basic Shots
33
1 Ghostball aiming
35
5 Shot illustrating the ghostball aiming method
38
1 Practicing contact point and ghostball visualization
39
3 90 rule
42
1 90 rule
43
11 Types of shots where the 90 rule applies
44
15 Stopshot example
47
5 30 rule
49
3 30 rule
51
22 Using your hand to visualize the 30
53
6 The easiest and best shot
57
11 Following the recommended
59
28 Margin of error of objectball
60
4 Margin of error based on distance
61
9 The side pockets are bigger
63
12 Sidepocket nearpoint effects
65
34 Cornerpocket nearrail speed effect
66
13 Beware of large sidepocket angles
69
40 Sidepocket marginoferror
73
16 Closer to the object ball is better
77
12 Object ball angle error based on cut angle
78
Spin and English
79
1 Types of English
80
1 Normal roll
84
1 Time and distance required to develop normal roll
85
9 Draw shot
86
1 Stun shot
87
3 Good draw
88
1 Draw shot
89
13 Following a ball through another
92
7 Following an obstacle ball into a pocket
93
8 Raildribble follow shot
94
7 Tangent line and English independence
97
19 Cause of English deflection
99
4 Squirt due to highspeed English
100
1 2 Slow throw
103
26 Cutshot throw
105
16 Overcutting a cut shot to compensate for throw
107
15 Cut spin
109
32 Rail cut shot common mistake
112
11 Rail cut with running English
113
16 Rail cut shot
116
39 Avoiding a tangentline scratch using slow speed
118
14 Example of good position
141
20 Overlap of makable regions in a ball grouping
147
13 Defense and safeties are OK
153
28 Example shot where you should
155
8 Freeze the cue ball on an object ball for a safety
160
36 Opportunity for a twoway shot
161
16 Always look for safeties
165
44 Possible reply to a wellexecuted safety
167
Bank and Kick Shots
169
1 Bankshot geometry
172
3 Aiming a bank shot with a mirror
173
4 Equal raildistance bank method 1 74
174
1 Equaldistance bank method
175
10 Equal extendedraildistance bank method
180
4 Parallel midpointline bank method
182
15 Equal separationdistance kickshot method
186
1 Rail deformation during highspeed bank
188
7 Curved rebound path due to slowspeed roll
190
3 Increase in bank rebound
191
21 Effect of distance from the rail on rebound angle
192
9 Kick shot with reverse English
195
27 Bank outside cut creating reverse English
198
1 1 Bank cut angle compensation
199
Advanced Techniques Shot Making
203
1 Aiming a combination shot
204
1 Combinations are tough
205
4 30 rule cue ball billiard shot
208
6 Throw due to frozen object balls
210
3 Frozen object ball throw
211
8 Throw due to frozen cueball English
212
6 Break efficiency
217
13 Differences in powerbreak
218
11 Making the 8ball
222
9 The best 9ball break
223
16 Soft 9ball break
224
8 Soft 9ball break
225
1 Tworail parallelline kickshot geometry
229
21 Tworail parallelline kick
230
12 Ball frozen to a rail banked
231
11 Frozen ball banked off a rail
233
3 Ballrail interaction and
235
27 Largecurve masse shot example
236
12 Smallcurve masse shot
239
14 Jump shot
241
32 Jumpshot example
242
Bibliography
247
Index
273
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