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Practical, step-by-step tips for players of all levelsFrom Snooker to Carom to good-old-fashioned 8- or 9-Ball, Pool & Billiards For Dummies reveals the tips, tricks, and rules of play, covering the variety of the ever-popular games that make up pool and billiards. This hands-on guide discusses everything from the rules and strategies of the games to how to set up a pool room to choosing the right equipment, and is accompanied by dozens of photos and line drawings. See how hard to hit the cue ball and where to hit it, the angle to hold the cue stick and how much chalk to use, how to use a bridge, and how to put spin on the ball Includes advanced pool techniques and trick shots for the seasoned pool sharpWith Pool & Billiards For Dummies, even a novice can play like a champion!
Nicholas Leider is Managing Editor of Billiards Digest magazine, for which he continues to write extensively on billiards play and game strategy.
Table of Contents
Part I: Fundamentals of Pool.
Chapter 1: Arriving at the Pool Party.
Chapter 2: Getting Down: Building a Solid Stance.
Chapter 3: Handling the Cue.
Chapter 4: On Target: The Science and Feel of Aiming.
Chapter 5: Hit It: Creating a Solid Stroke.
Chapter 6: Playing Nice: The Etiquette of the Game.
Part II: Controlling the Cue Ball.
Chapter 7: Getting Control and Stopping the Cue Ball.
Chapter 8: Aim High: Incorporating Follow.
Chapter 9: Using Draw: Putting Backspin on the Cue Ball.
Chapter 10: The English Effect: Using Sidespin on the Cue Ball.
Part III: Taking Your Shots.
Chapter 11: Opening Shots: The Rack and the Break.
Chapter 12: Thinking Ahead: Position and Pattern Play.
Chapter 13: Shot-making: Tackling the Most Frequent Situations.
Chapter 14: Eying Combinations: Making Shots with Multiple Balls.
Chapter 15: Billiards and Caroms: Finding New Ways to Pocket Balls.
Chapter 16: Banks and Kicks: Making the Most of the Rails.
Chapter 17: Thinking Defensively: Playing Safe.
Part IV: The Games You’ll Play.
Chapter 18: The Magic of 8-Ball.
Chapter 19: 9-Ball: The Hustler’s Game.
Chapter 20: Pool’s Many Other Games.
Part V: Gearing Up.
Chapter 21: Equipment Check: Looking for Quality Tools.
Chapter 22: Pool Is Mental: Winning the Head Games.
Chapter 23: Drilling It Home: Practice Techniques.