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Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards Paperback – July 15, 1998

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In the world of cue sticks and side pockets, this is the gospel, the 1998 revised, standard version of the 1978 bible. A champion player, indefatigable writer, and inexhaustible promoter of his sport, Byrne racks his book into two halves, the first a primer on pool, the second on three-cushion billiards. Beginning with the fundamentals, he goes on to run the table with lots of readable advice and detailed diagrams for how to play individual shots, including trick shots, strategies for eight- and nine-ball, and rules for the major pool games. Then it's on to billiards, where he banks from the fundamentals to the art of shot making and tactics for play at every level, touching on every conceivable cushion along the way. --Jeff Silverman

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In the world of cue sticks and side pockets, this is the gospel, the 1998 revised, standard version of the 1978 bible. A champion player, indefatigable writer, and inexhaustible promoter of his sport, Byrne racks his book into two halves, the first a primer on pool, the second on three-cushion billiards. Beginning with the fundamentals, he goes on to run the table with lots of readable advice and detailed diagrams for how to play individual shots, including trick shots, strategies for eight- and nine-ball, and rules for the major pool games. Then it's on to billiards, where he banks from the fundamentals to the art of shot making and tactics for play at every level, touching on every conceivable cushion along the way. (Amazon.com Review - Jeff Silverman ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Second Edition edition (July 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156005549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156005548
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P. Elward on February 4, 2003
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This is a book I come back to time and time again. As someone who plays off and on, I often refer to the book when pool is 'back' in my life. This is a keeper!
The diagrams, the history, why shots do what they do, how to play the angles, you can't beat it. Its both informative and entertaining.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Thurman on November 23, 2002
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Robert Byrne has set the standard. As a state ranked player I decided to read this book. My game went to the next level. His checklist for running a table, his description of different types of "throw" shots and his simplifying the stroke all were instrumental. In pool, unlike other sports, there are few real teachers, Robert Byrne is a great teacher for the beginner to the very advanced player. It's the least expensive pool lesson you'll ever get.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dan on December 28, 2004
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I have only been playing for about six months, so I am not too good. If you are like me, and you want to improve your game, buy this book. It is fun to read and extremely helpful. I probably won't be able to master every technique in the book in ten years, but the two or three things I have learned have taken my game to a whole new level. I love it. It is all I need.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
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I have played semi-pro pool for about 10 years. I give lessons on a weekly basis, and always recommend this book to my students.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "mcdoog_99" on January 3, 2002
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Even though I'm not much more than a beginner at pool, I find this book fascinating. He covers each concept with lots of detail yet can still be understood. I won't get too much into each section, but i can tell you that reading on the concept of throw really helps. His section on Three-Cushion is somewhat irrelevant if you don't have a billiard table available. Yet its still interesting, and since I have Virtual Pool 3, I can try these setups if I want. Ultimately, I'd get this book; its a great writing on cue sports, whether you play pool or billiards.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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Covers every facit of pool yet is easy to read and understand. In just my first day of reading it, my play improved tremendously. A perfect book for beginners and more advanced players.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Chavez on July 5, 2001
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I just learned about this NEW publication, which is a revision of the one I read "Byrne's Standard Book of Pool and Billiards", Copyright © 1987, 1978 by the same author Robert Byrne. I have read just about every book on this subject, and there is no better book than this one! In fact, I recommend all of Robert Byrne's Pool & Billiards books and videos. He is an accomplished player, teacher and author.
I have no doubts that this book will meet and exceeds everyone's expectations on the subject!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "stieltjes" on May 20, 2000
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If you are starting out in pool or billiards, this is probably the best instructional book for beginners out there. Byrnes' clarity in this area is unparalleled. Once you have acquired some basic knowledge of pool and billiards, the only way to get better is by playing, observing, and practicing. If you are a pool player, I believe the best way to improve your cue ball control is by playing the carom game. Play the carom game (you should probably start out with straight rail) for a few months and you'll see the difference. As for the billiard players, don't get too caught up in all the fancy shots in Byrnes' book since some of them are extremely low-percentage shots in a game situation. The key to high runs in three-cushion is positioning. I believe the best way to learn to play position is by watching top players and studying tapes of top players. Remember what you see and practice it over and over. You also might want to learn a few systems for double checking and for getting the cue ball in the neighborhood when you can't visualize a shot.
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