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Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots: 350 Moves Every Player Should Know (Harvest Original) Paperback – Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: SOS Free Stock (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156027216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156027212
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: October 2003 Pages: 384 Publisher: Mariner Books A comprehensive shot-by-SHOT Instructional guide from billiards expert Robert the Byrne Ranging from tickys and double-kisses to jump shots and diamond Systems. Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots takes players on an accelerated trip from pool kindergarten to graduate school. Players of every skill level will find ways to improve their game and get ahead of their opponents with 350 of Byrne's clever and intricately diagrammed moves-many of which are outlined here for the first time by one of the game's most masterful players and teachers.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Parker on 8 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a friend who really wanted to learn how to turn her mediocre game into a game superior to evryone else she knew. It seems now that this was a particularly stupid idea of mine as now she regularly takes money off us all as we foolishly challenge her to game after game.
This book threfore is an investment as the money spent can easily be recovered in a matter of a couple of weeks of playing as you cold heartedly win money of your hapless friends who won't know what hit them.
Also if gambling isn't your cup of tea, buy this anyway as the satisfaction you get as people fall onto their knees in disbelief as you beat them for the fourth time in a row is priceless.
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Wishing I had looked more closely at the description, thought it was a general pool book as opposed to solely american pool. -_- great if wanting for american pool otherwise don't buy.
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By Raymond on 9 Dec. 2014
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Excellent book, well recommended!
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It's an arms race. You need this weapon to keep up. 30 Jan. 2004
By Thomas E. Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
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Byrne's pool books & videos have set (and raised) the industry standards for many years now. As a professional pool instructor, I read everything I can, and have strong opinions about what's actually worthwhile, correct, and genuinely helpful. Byrne's new book has moved to the TOP of my list of books I recommend to my students, from a playing perspective (this is not a science book). I don't care who you are, you don't know all the stuff in this book. And if you're at a level where you know a good percentage of what's in this book, you're also at a level where learning even one useful new thing is worth the price of the book. If you've been playing for a while, this book will open your eyes to a lot of new possibilities and understanding. If you're in your first year or two, you might do better by first focusing on fundamentals of form (find a good instructor) and getting a grasp of how balls behave and why (look for Byrne's videos - Volumes 1 & 2). You don't know what you don't know. Now, with this book, those who have read it will know many things you don't.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great billiard book for all skill levels 20 Oct. 2003
By David C. Kraus - Published on Amazon.com
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A former city of Cincinnati, College and military Amateur Champion, I've spent a good part of my life walking around a pool table. And I've played all the important games from One-Pocket and Bank Pool to Nine Ball and Straight Pool. More recently, and in semi-retirement, I decided try and take my game to a new level. That meant learning a few new tricks. There's no other author on the game of pocket billiards who knows more tricks than Robert Byrne. If you think you have a good handle on the sport, think again. You are guaranteed to advance your game if you follow the tips in Byrne's book. Now I know why he's in the Billiard Congress Hall of Fame. Now I've got to go practice what I've learned...
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Interesting book but won't necessarily improve your game 5 Dec. 2007
By Sasikanth Malladi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a beginner/intermediate level player and this review is for those who consider themselves falling into this category.
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.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Wow thats a lot of shots 21 Jan. 2006
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Byrne for a few years now, but I never really appreciated the scope of his knowledge until reading this book. I think that it would literally take at least a decade to master everything in this book. Many of the shots are completely impractical except as trick shots, but they're still fun to try and the skills acquired can't hurt your game. I found his safeties and rail-first shots to be the most useful to me so far.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My second copy 27 Jan. 2007
By T. Finnegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my second copy of this book. I gave it as a birthday present. It was well received.

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.
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