Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards

Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards

by Robert Byrne

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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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156005548
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/15/1998
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 319,381
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii(4)
Acknowledgments xxi(2)
Introduction xxiii
BOOK ONE: POOL 3(224)
1. Fundamentals
3(20)
The table
4(1)
The cue
5(2)
The tip
7(1)
The chalk
8(1)
Cloth, cushions, and balls
9(1)
The stance
10(1)
The grip
11(1)
The bridge
12(2)
Stroke
14(6)
Attitude
20(3)
2. Centerball shots
23(16)
Lining up a shot
24(1)
At the moment of impact
25(1)
Where to aim
25(1)
Another aiming aid
26(1)
Making a coin jump off the rail
27(1)
Running a ball down a rail
28(1)
Shooting off the rail
29(1)
The kiss shot
29(1)
Kiss shots-on, off, and maybe
30(1)
Calculating a carom shot
31(1)
Playing off the rail
31(1)
A rail-first carom shot
32(1)
A rail-first bank shot
32(1)
A rail-first kiss-off shot
33(1)
At last, the truth about bank shots
34(1)
Calculating a bank shot--step one
35(1)
Calculating a bank shot--step two
35(1)
Two practice banks to keep you busy
36(1)
A two-ball combination
36(1)
The double-kiss or kiss-back shot
37(2)
3. Shots with English
39(12)
Mingaud and the discovery of English
40(1)
English off a rail
41(1)
How true is your stroke?
42(1)
Allowing for the curve
43(1)
Two deceptive shots along the rail
44(1)
A frequently missed shot
45(1)
The dreaded masse shot
46(1)
More examples of English off a rail
47(1)
English off a ball, then a rail
48(1)
How to make off-angle bank shots
49(1)
A subtlety in the kiss-back shot
50(1)
4. Follow, stop, and deadball shots
51(14)
Making the cueball follow the object ball
52(1)
The drive versus the cut
53(1)
How to aim a follow shot
54(1)
What really happens on a follow shot
54(1)
How speed affects follow shots
55(1)
Medium speed is three table lengths
56(1)
Combining follow and English
57(1)
Two advanced follow shots
58(1)
Force follow back to the rail
59(1)
Force follow along the rail
60(1)
Another advanced follow shot
61(1)
An essential weapon: the stop shot
62(1)
The deadball or "stun" shot
63(1)
One way to use a deadball shot
64(1)
5. Draw shots, the use of speed, and the margin of error
65(18)
Secrets of the draw shot
66(2)
Getting the hang of the draw shot
68(1)
Calculating the angle of return
69(1)
Four draw shots at an angle
70(1)
How speed affects draw
71(1)
Two beautiful draw shots
72(1)
Draw action off a rail
73(1)
Another use of draw off a rail
74(1)
How to kill cueball speed with draw
75(1)
The "skid-stop" frozen push shot
76(1)
Combining draw and English
77(1)
Playing position with speed only
78(1)
The margin of error
79(1)
Using the margin of error
80(1)
More margin of error shots
81(2)
6. Throw shots
83(20)
Welcome to a weird world
84(1)
Throwing an object ball at a distance
85(1)
Throwing an object ball up close
86(1)
Throw shots with a frozen cueball
87(1)
Using the push shot
88(1)
How to throw frozen object balls
89(1)
Why "dead" combinations are missed
90(1)
The "third-ball" principle
91(1)
How to distort frozen kiss shots
92(1)
The force-through, two-ball spot shot
93(1)
Two more "force-through" positions
94(1)
The "pull-back" frozen kiss shot
95(1)
Frozen three-ball combinations
96(1)
More on frozen three-ball combinations
97(1)
Three-ball combinations and beyond
98(1)
Influencing bank shots with throw
99(1)
Two throw shots--one illegal
100(1)
The phenomenon of "cling"
101(2)
7. Practice methods
103(12)
Getting the most out of practicing
104(1)
A draw-shot drill
104(1)
A game that teaches cueball control
105(1)
Position shot 1--precision draw
105(1)
Position shots 2, 3, & 4--draw and follow
106(1)
Position shots 5 & 6--draw and cushion carom
107(1)
Position shot 7--up and down distance control
108(1)
Position shot 8--five-rail distance control
108(1)
Position shot 9--force follow
109(1)
Position shot 10--power draw
109(1)
Learning the straight-in shot
110(1)
Progressive follow and draw
111(1)
Progressive cuts and banks
112(1)
The straight-line pick-off drill
113(1)
Three "soft-touch" drills
114(1)
8. Miscellaneous inside stuff
115(22)
The open break
116(1)
Jewett's interference system--I
117(1)
Jewett's interference system--II
118(1)
A method of making the spot shot
119(1)
The carom spot shot
120(1)
The soft versus the firm option
121(1)
Another choice between soft and firm
122(1)
Rail first to score and double-the-rail for position
123(1)
Rail first for position with English
124(1)
Rail first for position with follow and draw
125(1)
The "impossible" cut shot
126(1)
Sinking into the rail for position
127(1)
Sinking into the rail to avoid interference
128(1)
Two more sink-into-the-rail shots
129(1)
Three clearance shots--one illegal
130(1)
A carom subtlety
131(1)
Four ways to escape a "corner hook"
132(1)
Five rails first to escape interference
133(1)
The jump shot
133(1)
Three more jump shots
134(1)
The coin-op smother shot
135(1)
Two dubious rail shots
136(1)
9. Analyzing clusters
137(10)
An apparently hopeless bunch of balls
138(1)
What's the best shot?
139(6)
Position 1
139(1)
Positions 2 & 3
140(1)
Positions 4 & 5
141(1)
Positions 6 & 7
142(1)
Position 8
143(1)
Position 9
144(1)
A cluster trick shot
145(1)
The ultimate cluster shot
146(1)
10. How to run the table
147(10)
Gaining an angle--the key to high runs
148(1)
Gaining an angle--another example
149(1)
How to enter the position zone
150(1)
Moving the "trouble" ball
151(1)
Breaking up "trouble" clusters
152(1)
Leaving an insurance shot
153(1)
When to leave clusters alone
154(1)
Running the table--thirteen rules to live by
155(2)
11. The keys to winning eight-ball
157(10)
America's favorite cue game
158(1)
Choosing the right group
159(1)
Another choice of groups
160(1)
The principle of the key ball
161(1)
Devilish safety plays--I
162(1)
Devilish safety plays--II
163(1)
An aggressive safety
164(1)
How to win at eight-ball-a checklist
165(2)
12. The keys to winning nine-ball
167(12)
The nine-ball juggernaut
168(1)
A nine-ball run-out
169(1)
Caroms on offense and defense
170(1)
A game of sudden death
171(1)
A game of inches and options
172(1)
A dirty little safety
173(1)
The treacherous push-out shot
174(1)
It can pay not to be so pushy
175(1)
A kicking system for the judgment-impaired
176(2)
How to win at nine-ball--a checklist
178(1)
13. Safeties, key balls, and break shots in straight pool
179(14)
The championship game
180(1)
Safety play in straight pool--I
181(2)
Safety play in straight pool--II
183(1)
Safety play in straight pool--III
184(1)
The break shot in straight pool--I
185(1)
The break shot in straight pool--II
186(1)
The break shot in straight pool--III
187(1)
The break shot in straight pool--IV
188(1)
The break shot in straight pool--V
189(1)
Key balls and break balls
190(1)
More on break balls and key balls
191(1)
"Manufacturing" the break ball
192(1)
14. Favorite trick shots
193(12)
Having fun with trick shots
194(1)
Evolution of the triangle slide
195(1)
The "Little French Airplane" shot
196(1)
John Delaveau's "Guess Where" shot
197(1)
Around the world with Ivor Bransford
198(1)
The repeating railroad shot
199(1)
Charlie Webster's shot...and more
200(1)
The triple bank and the push squeeze
201(1)
Two old friends of mine you may have met
202(1)
Two Swiss confections
203(1)
The double-stroke balancing act
204(1)
15. Collecting billiard memorabilia
205(14)
The world of Billiardiana
206(1)
Magazines
207(3)
Tournament posters
210(1)
Commercial posters
211(1)
Novelties
212(1)
Book jackets and illustrations
213(1)
Player cards
214(1)
Autographs
215(1)
Souvenir photos
215(1)
Advertisements
216(1)
Exhibition announcements
217(1)
Movie stills
218(1)
16. Rules of major pool games
219(8)
Straight pool
220(1)
Line-up straight pool
221(1)
Equal Offense
222(1)
Nine-ball
223(1)
One-pocket
224(1)
Rotation
224(1)
Eight-ball
225(2)
Glossary
227(4)
BOOK TWO: THREE-CUSHION BILLIARDS 231(162)
Introduction 231(2)
Three-cushion rules 233(2)
1. Preliminaries
235(16)
Around-the-table natural
236(1)
The biggest possible ball
237(1)
Spin shot to a big ball
238(1)
End rail to a big ball
239(1)
Another end rail to a big ball
240(1)
Drop-in back-up
241(1)
Diagonal draw to a big ball
241(1)
Fan the ball around the table
242(1)
Outside zigzag
242(1)
Inside zigzag
243(1)
The half-ball hit
244(1)
Blending variables
244(1)
Draw off a rail
245(1)
Follow off a rail
245(1)
Varying English only
246(1)
Natural and reverse shots
247(1)
Short-angle back-up
248(1)
Twice across
248(1)
Short-angle spin-back
249(1)
The flat short angle
249(1)
"Manufactured angle" twice across
250(1)
2. Twenty ball-first patterns
251(12)
Cut shot double-the-rail
252(1)
Force-follow double-the-rail
252(1)
Smash-through double-the-rail
253(1)
Snake shot
253(1)
Fan the ball into the corner
254(1)
Outside cut around the table
255(1)
Outside draw around the table
255(1)
Long angle
256(1)
Long angle drop-in
256(1)
Off-the-end zigzag
257(1)
Manufactured angle around the table
257(1)
Side rail up-and-down
258(1)
The corner plunge
258(1)
Reverse cross-table
259(1)
Twice-across reverse
259(1)
End rail up-and-down
260(1)
Running four-railer
260(1)
Ball-on-rail four-railer
261(1)
Long around-the-table natural
261(1)
Inside five-railer
262(1)
Short angle versus twice-around
262(1)
3. Seventeen rail-first patterns
263(10)
Ticky
264(1)
Back-up ticky
264(1)
Long-range ticky
265(1)
Double-the-rail back-up ticky
265(1)
Hold-up ticky
266(1)
Corner spin-out
266(1)
Corner snap-back
267(1)
Corner cross-table
267(1)
Double-the-rail
268(1)
Rail-first draw-back cross-table
268(1)
Rail-first short angle
269(1)
Rail-first reverse cross-table
269(1)
Two-rail cross-table bank
270(1)
End rail first to a big ball
270(1)
Side rail first to a big ball
271(1)
Inside umbrella
271(1)
Outside umbrella
272(1)
4. Diamond systems
273(28)
Numbering the first and third rails
276(1)
Numbering the cueball origin
277(1)
Numbering from another corner
278(1)
How to hit a third-rail point
279(1)
How to hit another third-rail point
280(1)
Finding the cueball position
281(1)
A long-angle bank
282(1)
Third-rail returns, or tracks
283(1)
Locating the object balls
284(1)
Applying the formula
285(1)
Track shifts
286(1)
More track shifts
287(1)
The Seattle Kid's allowances
288(1)
End-rail allowances
289(1)
Using the system off a ball
290(1)
Trial runs
291(1)
Applying the allowance
292(1)
Two priceless short-angle tracks
293(1)
The Rodriguez Legacy
294(1)
The dreaded "plus" system
295(1)
The plus system off a ball
296(1)
No-English parallel system
297(1)
A system for doubling the rail
298(1)
Double-the-rail maximum
299(1)
Components of the maximum
300(1)
5. Extensions, variations, extremes, and guidelines
301(20)
Twice around from the corner
302(1)
Twice around from the nameplate
303(1)
Smash-through extended
303(1)
Ticky extended
304(1)
Another ticky extended
304(1)
Ticky bent by draw
305(1)
Ticky bent by follow
305(1)
Soft ticky
306(1)
Snap-away back-up ticky
306(1)
Angled ticky
307(1)
Diagonal back-up ticky
307(1)
Spin-out extended
308(1)
Rail-first short angle extended
308(1)
Smash-through back to the rail
309(1)
Long-range smash-through
309(1)
Five-rail option off a ball
310(1)
Five-rail bank option
310(1)
Doubling the long rail
311(1)
The "two-line" subtlety
311(1)
The two-line applied
312(1)
Short-angle and plus system extremes
313(1)
The tight snake shot
314(1)
Aiming a long double-the-rail
314(1)
Snake shot extended
315(1)
End-rail right-angle maximum
316(1)
Stretching with follow
317(1)
Stretching with draw
318(1)
Second-rail stretch
319(1)
Curve versus "squirt"
320(1)
6. Fifteen draw, spin, time, and kiss-back shots
321(12)
Thin-hit side-rail draw
322(1)
Thin-hit end-rail draw
323(1)
Short-angle draw
323(1)
Cut short-angle draw
324(1)
Short-angle spin shot
325(1)
Long-angle spin shot
326(1)
Another long-angle spin shot
326(1)
Draw-back spin shot
327(1)
An easy time shot
328(1)
A harder time shot
329(1)
A very hard time shot
330(1)
Side-rail kiss-back to the end rail
330(1)
End-rail kiss-back
331(1)
Side-rail kiss-back
331(1)
Kiss-back through the hole
332(1)
7. Playing safe, ducking kisses, and getting position
333(26)
A choice of shots
335(1)
A typical sellout
336(1)
Avoiding a sellout
337(1)
False safety
338(1)
Finesse safety
339(1)
A new look at old shots
339(1)
A word about kissing
340(1)
Natural kiss-out
341(1)
Ducking a kiss with draw
341(1)
Ducking a kiss with drive
342(1)
Ducking a kiss with follow
342(1)
Another natural kiss-out
343(1)
Missing the bank-across kiss
344(1)
A four-rail kiss-out
344(1)
Another new look at old shots
345(1)
On playing position
345(2)
Two-rail position cut
347(1)
Three-rail position drive, short
348(1)
Three-rail position drive, long
349(1)
Another three-rail position drive
350(1)
Five-rail position drive
351(1)
One-rail position cut
352(1)
The opening break shot
353(1)
Full-hit short angle
354(1)
Center-of-the-table principle
355(1)
Extra-rail principle
356(1)
Thin-hit short angle
356(1)
The parallel position principle
357(1)
Back-up ticky position
357(1)
Cross-table position drive
358(1)
Still another new look at old shots
358(1)
8. Fifty selected shots from master play
359(26)
Six rails first
360(1)
Into-the-corner natural bank
361(1)
Reverse bank
361(1)
Kiss-across double-the-rail
362(1)
Rail-first running reverse
362(1)
Two severe hold-up tickys
363(1)
End rail first
363(1)
Snap-back double-the-rail
364(1)
Up-and-down draw bank
364(1)
Above-the-ball double-the-rail
365(1)
The little-known follow ticky
365(1)
Force-follow double-the-rail
366(1)
Force-through ticky
366(1)
The world champion's uphill cross-table
367(1)
Up-and-down draw shot
367(1)
Back-up ticky extended
368(1)
Long-angle hold-up
368(1)
Reverse around the table
369(1)
Kobayashi's back-to-the-rail shot
370(1)
The short four-railer
371(1)
Adolfo Suarez and his flying W
371(1)
Around-the-table umbrella
372(1)
Hook draw
372(1)
Yoshihara's clever idea
373(1)
Cross-table swing
374(1)
Three-times-across walk-down
374(1)
Double zigzag
375(1)
Two rails first out of the corner
375(1)
Smash-through spin-out
376(1)
Force-follow spin-back
376(1)
Hold-up flat short angle
376(1)
Hold-up flat short angle extended
377(1)
Inside cross-table reverse
377(1)
Cross-table through-the-hole reverse
378(1)
Hold-up cross-table bank
378(1)
Angled cross-table bank
379(1)
Cross-table corner back-out
379(1)
A Gus Copulos specialty
380(1)
Twice-across end-rail bank
380(1)
Back-around short angle
381(1)
Stay-on-the rail smash-through
381(1)
Reverse follow back-to-the-rail
382(1)
Snake around a ball
383(1)
Kiss ticky
383(1)
Ball-first ticky
384(1)
Rail-first corner draw
384(1)
9. What's the best shot?
385(8)
Test positions
386(3)
Answers to "What's the best shot?"
389(4)
Glossary 393(2)
Appendixes 395(4)
Book One POOL--Where to go for more information 395(2)
Book Two BILLIARDS--Where to go for more information 397(2)
Indexes 399

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