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Essential pool : a complete course from a world champion
Cranfield, Arthur.
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Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, [2002]

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xii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Pool is one of America's favourite pastimes, and it's a game everyone can play. In Essential Pool, hall-of-fame Babe Cranfield takes the mystery out of playing well, providing encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction in everything from the basics to playing position for your next shot to developing a winning attitude. Topics covered include: selecting equipment; perfecting your aim, using Babe's arrow tool; the major games and their rules; practice techniques and strategy; and manipulating the cue ball using English, draw and follow.

Author Notes

Arthur "Babe" Cranfield is one of only forty-one inductees to the Billiards Congress of America's Hall of Fame and is the only player in the history of the sport to win the National Junior, National Amateur, and World Professional Pocket Billiard Titles. He lives in Syracuse, New York
Laurence S. Moy is a partner in a law firm, a former college pool champion, and an accomplished pool player in his own right. He lives in New York City

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 Getting Startedp. 1
The Basicsp. 3
Chapter 2 Equipment Makes a Differencep. 9
"Table in the Back?"--How to Select a Table in a Commercial Poolroomp. 9
What to Look for in a Pool Cuep. 10
Chalkp. 18
Keep It Cleanp. 19
Must You Accessorize?p. 19
Caring for Your Cuep. 20
Chapter 3 That Critical 20 Percent--The Mechanics of Playing Poolp. 23
Stance and Torso Positionp. 24
Hand Positionp. 30
The Rear Handp. 31
The Bridge Handp. 32
The Stroke--What Will Separate You for Life from Every Other Pool Player (Whether You Like It or Not)p. 44
Chapter 4 Aiming Kept Simple--How to Make Your Shotsp. 49
The Point of Aim, the Point of Contact, and the Difference Between the Twop. 50
Finding the Point of Aim Using the Arrow Systemp. 53
Fine-Tuning Your Aiming--When and How to Make Adjustmentsp. 59
Combination Shotsp. 61
Chapter 5 Three Keys to Cue Ball Control: The Stop Shot, the Follow Shot, and the Draw Shotp. 65
Your Reference Point: The Short Stop Shotp. 66
The Follow Shotp. 69
The Draw Shotp. 72
The Long Stop Shotp. 73
Chapter 6 Moving the Cue Ball Successfullyp. 75
The Tangent Line and the Natural Path of the Cue Ballp. 76
Speed Controlp. 82
Controlling Your Destiny--How to Alter the Natural Path of the Cue Ballp. 84
Chapter 7 "English" as a Second Language--Understanding and Applying Side-spinp. 97
Understanding Englishp. 98
Applying Englishp. 100
Chapter 8 When Worlds Collide (and When You Should Make Sure They Don't)p. 113
Adjusting the Speed of the Cue Ballp. 114
When to Separate Clusters of Ballsp. 116
When to "Bump" (Run the Cue Ball Into) Other Ballsp. 119
Choosing Not to Run Into Object Ballsp. 120
Chapter 9 The Other 80 Percent--Thinking Your Way Through a Pool Gamep. 125
Relaxed Concentrationp. 126
Trust Yourselfp. 127
Chapter 10 Straight Pool, Eight Ball, and Nine Ball--The Rules of the Games and Beyondp. 129
Straight Poolp. 130
Nine-Ballp. 153
Eight-Ballp. 169
Chapter 11 Practice Makes Better (If Not Perfect)p. 179
Meaningful Practicep. 179
Drills, Exercises, and Competingp. 181
Chapter 12 Beyond this Bookp. 191
Instructionp. 191
Videotapesp. 192
Magazinesp. 193
Glossaryp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
About the Authorsp. 201