Basic Pool: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Jan 26, 2011 - Games & Activities - 224 pages
As Arthur “Babe” Cranfield states in his introduction, “Anyone can learn to play pool well. . . . Pool is beautiful and democratic that way. Anyone can apply his or her strengths to the game and excel since the game requires so many different types of skills. There is room in billiards and pool for those blessed with excellent hand-eye coordination, those with very little coordination but strong intellect, those who are systematic but not creative, and those who are creative but not systematic.”

Whatever your style, skills, and strengths, Babe has something to teach you. From basics like choosing a table and selecting a cue to advanced techniques like manipulating the ball using English, draw, and follow, Basic Pool has all you need to improve your game and increase the enjoyment you take from it. Other topics include:

• The mechanics of pool
• Perfecting your aim using babe's famous “arrow” system
• Cue ball control
• Maintaining proper concentration
• Standard rules of the most popular games
• Effective practice techniques
• And many more!

Babe takes the mystery out of playing well, providing encouraging and easy-to-follow instructions for every aspect of the game.

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i liked this book- easy to read, very basic concepts such as squirt, throw, combinations, basic strategies for running a rack, key balls etc, reinforces the essentials of the game. definitely worth checking out if you are new to the game, my game improved because of this book.


Equipment Makes a Difference
Stance and Torso Position
The Rear Hand
The StrokeWhat Will Separate You for Life from Every Other
Aiming Kept SimpleHow to Make Your Shots
Way Through a Pool Game
Straight Pool EightBall and NineBall
Practice Makes Better If Not Perfect
Beyond this Book 191 Instruction 191 Videotapes

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About the author (2011)

Arthur "Babe" Cranfield was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 1997 and was the only player in the history of the sport to win the National Junior, National Amateur, and World Professional pocket billiard titles. He lived in Syracuse, New York, prior to his passing in 2004.

Laurence S. Moy is a partner in a law firm, a former college pool champion, and an accomplished pool player. He lives in New York City.

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