Pool Hall Wizard:
"I never realized pool could be so much fun! You got to see this!"
Compare your pool skills to these and learn how to do all in film plus everything you need to know to be a Pool playing winner!
- LEARN all four pro sighting techniques.
- LEARN Diamond Dave's "Diamond fraction" sighting method--the ultimate aiming technique.
- LEARN the aiming/sighting method used by the worlds greatest player, Willie Mosconi
- LEARN to play like the top pro's.
- ELIMINATE fear/doubt on any shot!
- BECOME solid and proficient in the "big four" of shot preparation.
Please, please, do not jump ahead to the various diagrams, shouting “hallelujah!” to try your newly discovered approach to a particular shot or shots. A premise of this book is the old axiom ”one picture is worth a thousand words” with the pictures being the following detailed diagrams.
The author must impress upon you the importance of not skipping over any of the printed material. The reason being that the ensuing diagrams are presented for the popular and widely used eight foot tavern size pool tables.
This is important to know, especially as regards diamond systems play. Later in book six we will cover the slight adjustments in diamond arithmetic relating to play on the larger nine foot table and on the small seven foot table. Also, the adjustments necessary when using the larger, heavier, cue ball in use on many of the coin operated tables.
I have always believed that almost everything one needs to know can be obtained from a book, correlated with good practice habits. I have taken my best shot at making these booklets meaningful, educational ”reveal all” books that will give the reader a vast advantage against any and all competition, whether recreational or serious competitive playing.
Today, more people in America play pocket billiards than play golf and tennis combined. It is estimated that in excess of thirty million Americans indulge in this wonderful activity. This would include playing on home recreation room tables, tavern and cocktail lounge tables and, of course, billiard parlor tables.
Michael Phelan is the man credited with bringing the game to America from Ireland around the year 1850. Not only did he manufacture pool tables as the original partner with Brunswick, he also wrote the first book pertaining to the game of pocket billiards, including rules of play and rules of etiquette.
Being a mathematics whiz and very knowledgeable in the field of physics, it was Mr. Phelan who first set diamonds into the table rails to be used as aiming points for bank shot and kick shot alignments.
During that era, billiard tables were first placed in horse race betting parlors. This was done to allow bettors to occupy the time between races. Obviously, much betting was done over the outcome of the pool games as well as the races.
Due to one definition of the word ”pool” in Webster’s Dictionary, ”an aggregate stake or ante with the winner taking all”, the betting parlors soon took on the name ”pool room” and the pocketed billiard tables acquired the name ”pool table.”
Players of that era appreciated the application of diamond inlays on all newly manufactured pocket pool tables and their addition to tables already in use for their cosmetic appearance. Only after witnessing Mr. Phelan’s pool shooting abilities skyrocket him to the reputation of the best pool player in America, did some players realize that the in-laid diamonds meant much more to him than simply their cosmetic enhancement.
After much thought and practice, I discovered that simple arithmetic not only applied to object and cue balls caroming off the rail and diamond points, but could also be instrumental in determining exact contact and aim points from the cue ball to the target object ball to drive target object ball into a specific pocket or any rail point.
As you study the following diagrams, you will realize how much your imagination and visualization must come into play. You will quite easily visualize the positions of the diamonds that are physically located on the rails plus visualize diamond locations that do not exist except in your soon to be trained eye and imagination.
You will clearly visualize increments of one-eighth of a diamond, one-quarter, one-half and so on. You will approximate, in your mind’s eye, one inch or one tenth of a point between diamonds and between rail points. You will see the invisible track locations and will soon know their numbers by instinct. You will soon know the Track Visualization System so well that others will marvel at your abilities.
Upon your completion of all the books in this Six Pack Encyclopedia of billiards knowledge, it is the author’s goal that you become very proficient with the following;
Be able to draw the cue ball the full length of the table and have the ability to draw it with control to a desired position location. Ninety eight percent of all pool players can not draw the cue ball and only one in one hundred can shoot a controlled draw.
Shoot cue ball at extreme, full speed into object ball and have it stop dead at the point of contact.
Know when a shot is a dead scratch shot and how to shoot the shot to avoid a scratch.
Control final resting place of the cue ball after most shots, i.e. position play and position plus.
See precise contact points that the majority of players cannot see and thus deliver cue ball and/or object ball to those distinct points.
Know all track lines hidden in the cloth of table and how to send the target object ball or cue ball on the track to a pocket or a good hit.
Knowledge of additional shot possibilities that until now, only the very top pros are able to see and shoot successfully.
All variations of English (side spin), running, enhanced, extreme, maximum spin and reverse.
Develop ”touch” that, until now, has been regarded as something that can not be taught and that a player must be born with.
Perform trick shots that will be an aid to the understanding of angles, inter-ball action and re-actions.
Shoot with confidence the shots that in the past have been dreaded shots for you, such as long shots, frozen rail shots, frozen rail bank shots, etc., etc.
Proper method for shooting frozen rail shots from varying angles and distances.
When to look at object ball last, just before pulling the trigger on your shot, (Over ninety percent of shots require eyes on the target object ball as you shoot the shot) along with the two shots that you must keep eyes on the cue ball as you shoot.
Know the rules pertaining to accurate, legitimate play that are the basics of all pool play. Every pool playing facility has their own ”in house” rules and they can vary immensely. The author does not intend to interfere with these rules in any way, but only to set forth the few necessary basics that apply to common sense play and thus resolve many questions and possible arguments as to various points of standard rule.
Over all, the author’s number one goal is for the reader to learn as much as possible regarding pocket billiards so that with the increase of your knowledge and skills, more pleasure and enjoyment will be added to your game.
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