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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (8 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402714289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402714283
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By mu4awf on 13 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Excellent book! There is no other book on the market like this one. This book will teach you the principles of how the cue ball reacts in different situation so you can make more informed choices as you practice. Whether you're a snooker or a pool fan, or both, you will benefit from this book enourmously if you take the time to digest the various principles and try them for yourself in practice. Covers topics left untouched in many other books such as the concept of object ball throw and the cue ball path when playing with screw / draw and follow. The only section that is a bit scant on detail is the section on aiming. Dr Dave mentions the ghost ball method, but that's all, neither is there any information on sighting or detailed analysis of technique. The section on positional play is also very brief and although it is very difficult to provide a comprehensive guide here, since every game is unique, I would still have liked to see a more logical approach to positional play. Despite the shortcomings this is truly a bible for learning how the cue ball and object ball reacts for different shots, at different angles, speeds and types of spin. Highly recommended and a bargain!
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Format: Paperback
Simple language that anybody will be able to understand, main concepts are highlighted in separate boxes. My only issue with the book is that the text usually references pictures which are only on the next page which for me is not ideal, I would prefer to see the images first and then the text explanation of it. Other than this, it's a great book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The pool book I've always wanted 8 Sept. 2004
By Jered Wenderoth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across Dr. Dave's website via the American Poolplayer Association website a few weeks ago. The free advice Dr. Dave gives on that website was invaluable, particularly the 30 and 90 degree rules. Both were concepts I was intuitively aware of, but never understood from a physics perspective.

When I saw that Dr. Dave had a book coming out, I knew it was going to be just what I always wanted. From simple tips for fundamentals to the physics behind complex ball effects, this book has it all, and makes it easy to follow. That fact that it's all grounded in math and physics makes it even more appealing. And the clear, concise writing style and understandable diagrams are icing on the cake.

I'd recommend this to anyone who loves pool and wonders why the balls do what they do. Personally, I'm going to browbeat both of my pool teams into buying copies.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Billiard and Pool Book! 16 Nov. 2004
By Justin Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is exceptionally good. It's also WAY cheaper than it should be. It easily beats the other billiard books that I looked at. I luckily ran across this book while looking at (and reading!) many, many other books in the local "Large Popular Bookstore", and I'm glad that I chose this one. This is my first billiard book, and probably my last. It starts at the basics and goes through to the advanced topics. The book is very well written and the diagrams are superb and concise. The online content that he provided on his website is just icing on the cake. I also bought the DVD that contains all of the videos on his website, along with additional commentary, based on the quality of his book. If you're deciding on which billiard book to get, this should be the one. I strongly recommend this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent pool and billiards resource. Best book available. 1 Sept. 2004
By JLB1525 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards" should be on every pool player's shelf. It is simply the best pool book ever written. It is very thorough, covering all aspects of the game, including advanced techniques. It is also very well illustrated with photos and drawings on every page, and the numerous examples help provide insight. (...) The video demonstrations posted there have helped me improve my game dramatically. They help the book come to life, and the high-speed videos are very cool. Dr. Dave has done a great job and has given the pool world a great resource. I highly recommend this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great explanations of the important factors of pool shots. 12 Mar. 2005
By Stewart Lindenberger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a fantastic reference that clearly shows what's happening with all of the basic and extended factors in executing & planning pool shots. Great graphics make it easy to visualize what is going on. Free, super on-line videos nicely supplement the book (but read the book first). Far superior to any other book I have seen on the subject.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This book is awesome 18 Oct. 2004
By Mr. Pool - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow! Dr. Dave has given the pool world an amazing resource. "The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards" is the best pool book I have ever seen ... and I have read lots of them. There are illustrations and photos on almost every page and the book is very easy to read. The book also presents some useful systems I have not seen presented anywhere else ... for example, the 30 degree rule. The book website is also great. The video clips have helped bring my game to a new level.
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