Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards

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“The definitive work on pool and billiards” (National Billiard News) by champion player Robert Byrne

Now updated throughout and expanded with new material on strategy in eight- and nine-ball, trick shots, and billiard memorabilia, Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards is the classic guide to cue games—complete with detailed diagrams and photographs to help improve play at every level. 

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Overview

“The definitive work on pool and billiards” (National Billiard News) by champion player Robert Byrne

Now updated throughout and expanded with new material on strategy in eight- and nine-ball, trick shots, and billiard memorabilia, Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards is the classic guide to cue games—complete with detailed diagrams and photographs to help improve play at every level. 

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Editorial Reviews

National Billiard News
The definitive work on pool and billiards.
Billiards Digest
The quintessential manual to improving your game.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156005548
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 306,501
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Byrne has won numerous tournaments including the National Senior and National Amateur tournaments in three-cushion billiards. Named "best billiard writer" by Billiards Digest , his books and videos on pool have sold nearly a million copies. Inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 2000, he lives in Dubuque, Iowa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    So you say you aren't that good at pool?

    Then pick up this book and the others in the series by Byrne's. He makes shooting pool FUN and the diagrams are the most simplistic, yet clear and direct in showing you how to master each shot. I've read many, many books on pool & billiards (I use to run a few pool halls) and well, I use to sit at the table, with his books open, trying just about every shot he illustrated. People use to laugh, but hey, I am a big guy, I can take it. They stopped laughing and became very curious when I started pulling off masses, jumps, banks, you name it. He even goes into detail about various 'cheat' or 'cheap' shots that are not only useful, but recommended for 'friendly' games only. I the most I played, in the height of my playing days (I'm 33 now), was about 12 hours a day. I even had access to an imported snooker table at one time as well. Without a book like Byrne's, one can be doomed to repeatedly make the same mistakes, over and over and over again. He takes all of the guess work out of shooting, as well as adding valuable real life experience that you can only get from playing for so many years. The only thing you need to do after reading through this book is to literally take it with you, to your nearest poolhall or living room, whatever. Get your stroke down, the finesse and muscle memory and within even a few hours, you will be surprised at how much you will pick up from simple drills and exercises he provides as well. I cannot recommend this book enough, so I will end it here and trust I've convinced you! Go shoot some stick and have fun!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    I started playing pool many years ago and had read many books to

    I started playing pool many years ago and had read many books to assist in improving my game.
    No book i have read has been anywhere near as good as this one.  The book was super easy to understand.
    He provided very simple diagrams that we not at all confusing to read like other books.
    and he provides great explanations of what is happens on the table when you are make shots. because these 
    explanations make understanding what is occurring easy it is very simple to take that knowledge and apply it even even when the book is not with you greatly increasing your skill at the table. I highly recommend this book and any of the advanced books by him for the same reason. 

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Thee Tome!

    Essential for any library. Understand that Byrne's standard is after 30 days if you can not run a 14-1 rack you should switch to bowling. This is the one book that should be in every interested novice's pool library.

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    Posted July 14, 2010

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