A Mind for Pool: How to Master the Mental Game

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964920415
  • Publisher: Billards Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 483,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Your Game 1
Chapter 1 Getting Started 3
Developing Your Game the Right Way 4
Setting Your Goals 7
Practicing Pool 11
Chapter 2 Getting Instruction 17
How to Select Your Instructor 18
How to Be a Great Student 20
The Cost of an Education 21
Advice: The Good and Bad 22
Finding a Mentor 24
Chapter 3 What Your Need to Know 27
Pool from the Ground Up 28
The Three Master Skills 29
The Little Things Make a Big Difference 31
How to Really Use English 33
Chapter 4 Changing Your Game 35
Breaking Bad Habits 36
Managing Change 38
Change Breeds Enthusiasm 40
All About Slumps 42
Stroke Keys Are Your Short-term Solution 44
Chapter 5 Secrets To Big Improvement 45
The Big Secret 46
Chain Reactions 47
Quantum Leap 49
Chapter 6 Your Game 53
Writing Your Story 54
Your Most Prized Possession 55
Your Basic Nature 57
Mastering Pool 58
The Keys to Consistency 59
Let the Trend be Your Friend 62
How Well You Play Versus Your Results 63
Dealing with Missed Shots 64
Chapter 7 Knowledge is Pool Power 67
Learning from Watching the Best 68
Pool on the Tube 70
Tips on Video Taping Your Game 71
Getting the Most from Books and Tapes 73
Memory Power 75
Chapter 8 Evaluating Your Game 77
Seven Definitions of Your Game 78
Grading Your Current Level of Play 79
You Versus the Competition 81
Your High Run: The Straight Pool Test 83
Balancing Your Game 85
Physics and an Eye for Pool 87
When to Buy a New Cue 89
The Eye of an Eagle 91
Your Winning Percentage 92
Part 2 Competition 95
Chapter 9 Basics of Competition 97
Entering the Real World of Pool 98
Choosing a Format for Your Game 99
Tournaments=Low Risk, High Reward 101
Matching Your Game to the Competition 104
Getting a Jump on a New Season 105
Bar Box Billiards 107
Chapter 10 Preparing for Battle 111
Bringing Your Game to a Peak 112
When Not to Play One-Pocket 114
Scouting Reports Can Give You the Edge 116
Evaluating the Playing Conditions 118
Chapter 11 Playing Under the Heat 123
Pressure Proofing Your game 124
You Gotta Have Heart 128
One Shot at a Time 130
Dead Stroke 132
Total Concentration 136
Playing with Confidence 138
Anger 143
Chapter 12 Winning Techniques 147
Winning Without Your "A" Game 148
Using Feedback to Elevate Your Game 149
How to Use Your Sitting Time Wisely 150
Timeouts Can Change the Momentum 152
Chapter 13 How to Think Like a Player 153
The Mind of a Pool Player 154
Putting Opponents in the Proper Perspective 157
Shark Proofing Your Game 161
The Value of Experience 164
Never Give Up 166
Effective Crowd Management 168
Chapter 14 All About Winning and Losing 173
Goals and Expectations Should Fit the Competition 174
How Winning Can Improve Your Game 176
Winners Learn from Losing 178
Putting Your Matches in the Proper Perspective 181
The Magic Formula for Winning Tournaments 183
The Rolls: The Luck Factor in Pool 185
Chapter 15 Playing for the Cash 191
Wagering Sensibly on Pool 192
The Art of Handicapping Pool 195
Some Perspectives on Giving Weight 202
Backing Pool Games for Fun...and Profit? 205
How Tempo Affects Time of Possession 209
Chapter 16 League Pool 213
An Introduction to League Pool 214
Putting Together a Winning Team 215
Choosing the Right League 217
Choosing Your Team's Home Room 218
Setting the Teams Goals 219
Achieving Team Unity 221
Every Teammate has a Role to Play 224
Giving Your Best Effort on League Night 226
The Nationals at Las Vegas 230
Chapter 17 Playing Pool with Class 233
Part 3 Your Journey 237
Chapter 18 Your Journey 239
Your Life in Pool 240
Questions to Improve Your Journey 241
Every Day's a New Day 243
Drafting Your Laws of Pool 245
Choosing Your Home Room 246
Out on the Road 248
Pool Ages You Gracefully 251
Chapter 19 Enjoying Pool 255
Why it's so Easy to Love Pool 256
All of the Pool Room is a Stage 257
Talking a Great Game 259
Listing Your Pool Pleasures 260
Your Definition of Fun 261
Freewheeling 262
Happiness is Your Pool Game 263
Eliminate the Negatives Now 264
Music Can Elevate Your Play 265
Your Gallery of Memorable Shots 266
Time Management 267
The Games that You Play 269
Retaining Your Zest for Pool 271
What the Game Means to You 273
Moments of Pool Magic 274
The Sounds of Spheres in Motion 276
Pool is a Book Lover's Dream 277
Pool on the Silver Screen 279
Chapter 20 Pool People 283
Great Players 284
Geniuses of Pool 287
Old Timers 288
Friends and Acquaintances 290
Junior Pool Builds Character 292
The Rogues of Pool 294
Appendix 297
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