SAFETY TOOLBOX - Advanced Defensive Strategies and Tactical Tools for Pool & Pocket Billiards [NOOK Book]

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During those early couple of decades when I got bitten by the Pool Passion Bug, the idea of winning the game by purposely dogging a shot or two was considered cowardly and the shooter was a yellow-bellied weakling, deserving of sneers and insults. Nowadays, a well-played safety is applauded by railbirds, and feared by those who can’t kick ...
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SAFETY TOOLBOX - Advanced Defensive Strategies and Tactical Tools for Pool & Pocket Billiards

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Overview

Here is the story about this book.

During those early couple of decades when I got bitten by the Pool Passion Bug, the idea of winning the game by purposely dogging a shot or two was considered cowardly and the shooter was a yellow-bellied weakling, deserving of sneers and insults. Nowadays, a well-played safety is applauded by railbirds, and feared by those who can’t kick or jump the cue ball.

I watched many games where the sure-to-lose player, seemingly by accident, prevented the obvious-to-win player from winning. (Well, I was a little slow to learn some things, but eventually, I realized what was happening.) Defensive shooting skills are as important to winning as offensive shooting skills.

I started applying this radical idea of defensive shooting to my own game – and suddenly I was winning a lot more matches – even against better players. What an eye-opener this was. And yes, occasionally I get accused of cowardice. I don’t care – I won, they lost.

This book is the accumulation of over ten years of study and analysis of defensive and safety shooting options. The phrase, “Knowledge is Power” sums up the contents of this book and I want to pass on these hard-learned lessons to you. These are the advanced defensive strategies and tactical tools used by professionals and road players.
Just reading this material will improve your winning percentage by 10%.

Yes – you do need to practice the cue ball and object ball positioning skills in the book, but just knowing the how, when, and why to play the safety will make winning a more common experience in your life.

Basically, the contents of this book teach you how to trick and trap your opponent into helping you win. Winning is so much easier when you can identify your opponent’s weaknesses and use them against him. There is even ways to use your opponent’s strengths against him. (Who would have thought that?)

You will learn about basic safety types, how to analyze opponents, use simple tricks and traps to prevent your opponent from winning, and the necessary precision exercises (which will also help your offensive game). It will be more fun to win more games!!
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Editorial Reviews

Billiards Diagest, July 2008 - George Fels
Allan Sand is back to analyze the defensive aspects of pool. And what a thorough analysis it is, too: banking into safeties, blocking pockets, clusters, dead zones, those valuable “two-way” shots, and many, many other areas of defensive play. He begins with the theory that the purpose of safety play is to allow you to maintain control of the table, and commences from there.
AZ billiards Forum - Darrell Paul Martineau
(DPM Universal Billiard Instructors Association, Head Master Instructor)

I found it quite unique and very comprehensive. The large amount of information placed into this advancement in the art of instructional guides is more than can be absorbed in just a few weeks of study. There is enough here to keep a pocket billiard enthusiast busy for years.

You have made it easy to learn Safeties. The student can start with one area of interest and when that is mastered, pick another.
AZ billiards forum - Bob Beaulieu
(owner, World PPA)
Just completed reviewing your latest book "Safety Toolbox" and I feel its your best yet! I like the way you've incorporated voice so that end users can click and listen... You've obviously put a lot of time and energy into the "Safety Toolbox".

I honestly tried to think of tactics or tricks you might have neglected. The "Safety Toolbox" is like a Swiss Army Knife! It has everything one needs to know about safety playing. You've let the cat out of the bag!
Billiards Diagest, July 2008 - George Fels
Allan Sand is back to analyze the defensive aspects of pool. And what a thorough analysis it is, too: banking into safeties, blocking pockets, clusters, dead zones, those valuable “two-way” shots, and many, many other areas of defensive play. He begins with the theory that the purpose of safety play is to allow you to maintain control of the table, and commences from there.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012658111
  • Publisher: Billiard Gods Productions
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,208,673
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

I have been a billiards instructor for a long time. My playing and competitive experience goes back over 50 years and across the continents of the world.

In my years (decades actually) of playing pool, about my only guide to playing better was Mosconi's "Winning Pocket Billiards". It helped - a lot. When that was learned and applied, I was still losing lots of games. I must have been a slow learner, because I allowed myself to stay at a solid intermediate level for a long time.

Then, a particularly irritating friend of mine started playing. Off-table he was a very good friend. But on-table he treated me badly - not only outshooting me, but taunting and twisting (and twisting) the knife of defeat.

I could handle the verbal abuse - since I always gave as good as I got.
But I got REAL tired of being beaten. That's when I decided to start figuring out WHY he was walking all over my bruised body. I started paying more attention to what he did and how he did it.

That was the turning point of my pool playing competency. I started understanding just how complex and even more enjoyable was this Green Game. Being a helpful kind of guy, I started giving beginning players little tips and ideas to help them shoot better. It's no fun beating up a weak player, so I coached them along with my new discoveries.

And, that leads to my career as an author and commercial writer. The books I write include every little trick and shortcut that I have discovered over my decades of playing shooters of all skills. Buried within each book are dozens of little tricks that have double benefits. For example, in "Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets", when you learn the shot, you are forced to pay VERY close attention to the cue tip/ball connection. Which, FYI, is the true secret to getting real good at pool.

If you REALLY want to own the information in each book, there must be evidence. A printed book should be dog-eared, dirty with chalk, with notes and observations on each page. An ebook should have worn out at least two or three batteries on your device.

FYI, I have a blog (three actually) on my billiardgods web site.
- "Good to Know" Pool Stuff
- Drills & Exercises
- Challenge Shootouts

Read, enjoy, comment on the posts. Tell your shooting buddies, playing relatives, and table enemies about the stuff. Have fun, enjoy, and shoot straight.
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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Valuable strategies but poor nook implementation

    This book appears to offer sound advice and suggestions for safety strategy for both 8 and 9 ball. It also offers practice ideas to improve your game. My biggest disappointment is with the nook format. Probably the most important part of the book are the pool table diagrams, which do not appear to render properly for me either on my ereader or nook for pc. The images get chopped or overlayed improperly, which makes them unviewable.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 12, 2011

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