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Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots: 350 Moves Every Player Should Know Paperback – October 6, 2003
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"The best book ever written on both pool and billiards."--Michael Shamos, curator, the Billiard Archive
"Byrne is to billiards what Shakespeare is to theater." --Jerry Karsh, president, U.S. Billiards Association
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Byrne is one of the better authors on pool out there and has some very good books. His "Standard book of pool and billiards" is outstanding.
This book, however, is an advanced book for people who seek to find hidden secrets. Most of the 350 shots illustrated in this book are esoteric and would rarely be encountered in practice. Also, quite a few of these shots are impractical; they can be used when playing/practicing alone to see how the balls behave under weird conditions but cannot be applied in a real game as they are low percentage shots.
These are not shots that every player "must" know. The title is a misnomer.
Also a good number of shots illustrated are useful for three cushion and straight pool which are not popular these days.
On the whole, this is not a very useful book for beginner/intermediate players seeking to improve their shots and hence their game.
It's a terrific book for enthusiasts who would love to discover unusual shots which are rare and low percentage, which obviously precludes their use in a real game.
If you're an advanced player with a decade or more of experience under your belt and feel that you have a good grip on a lot of "regular" shots and want to find out more, this is the book for you.
If you're a beginner/intermediate player who is seeking to improve his/her game with a view to notch up more victories, look elsewhere.
This book definitely intended for more experienced players (playing for about 1 year or more). If you are new, buy Byrne's Standard Book of Pool and Billiards first and work on the drills found in there.
Unlike "Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards," which is 50% devoted to 3-cushion billiards, this book is devoted entirely to pool. It's about how to put the ball in the pocket, which ball to shoot, and don't forget not to leave your opponent a shot.
Byrne is good at this and explains the difference between what it appears is happening and what the balls are really doing. It is an enjoyable read and a book anyone who enjoys shooting pool should have.
Most of these shots in the book are difficult to make once, but are incredibly difficult for most of us to make on a consistent basis. If you want to win, you should be playing the percentages and often a defensive shot has a much higher probability of success than these offensive shots.
I would've liked this book better if it discussed the alternative shots that could've been taken, and mentioned the pros and cons of those decisions. Without it, it isn't very convincing that the shots shown are the best options.
Therefore, I think this book is good for beginners who just want to know some cool shots, or pros who are so accurate and precise that these shots are possible nearly 90% of the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was given to me by a friend and I bought it for another friend. It's a great reference book.Published 20 days ago by Melinda Balkom
This is is a great book for anybody that wants to bring their game to the next level.Published 2 months ago by MB
Fantastic book. This is a compendium of shots that you may or may never see.Published 8 months ago by Ian