View Full Version : Book(s) recommendation....

03-17-2004, 03:08 PM
I am looking at purchasing a couple of books to improve my playing skills. I was at Barnes & Noble and the books they have are overpriced, and (I believe) too vague.

Any suggestions? I'm a decent player, but have never taken classes or followed any learning method (video, books or others).

I will definitely consider a book aimed towards beginners if you believe it will improve my playing by fixing anything learned incorrectly.


03-17-2004, 03:13 PM
This one is great! It's $17 + $4 shipping. Worth 10 times that if you work with it.

I think it's good for any skill level.

03-17-2004, 03:24 PM
Um, Preditor, maybe I am missing something but I dont see the name of the book in your post?

could you be talking about Blackbelt Billiards?

03-17-2004, 04:06 PM
I've read lots of books. The best one in my opinion is "Play your Best Pool" by Phill Capelle

2nd is "The Science of Pocket Billiards" by Jack Koehler

03-17-2004, 04:07 PM
There are several good books out there so I am sure you may get a wide range of replys. You can also do a search on this board as there have been several good threads on helpfull books.

I am sure you have been told before, and will be told again in this thread, that while books are great tools you would get the most help from a qualified instructor. I was lucky enough to catch Scott Lee when he was in my area and it has helped me ALOT. So my first recommendation would be to contact him and see when he may be in your area. Or find a GOOD instructor locally. I have only taken lessons from two different people, but I can tell you Scott is well worth the extra money. If you practice what he preaches your game will improve. http://www.poolknowledge.com/index.html

Ok, sorry for the lesson plug, now onto your question. I think it depends on what you need. Burns book of pool and billiards does some nice work on several aspects of the game. A good read to make sure you understand the basic concepts.

I have the pool players edge, another book I enjoyed. After a while you will find each one you read covers much of the same material. Sometimes I read a whole book and only get one or maybe two thoughts out of it that I hadnt heard before. But many times that one thing can be well worth the time it takes to read the book.

I have not read any of Capells books yet but they come highly recommended by many on this board.

03-17-2004, 04:22 PM
Um, try the public library first, I think.


03-17-2004, 06:48 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote armandito:</font><hr> Hi.

Any suggestions? I'm a decent player, but have never taken classes or followed any learning method (video, books or others).

I will definitely consider a book aimed towards beginners if you believe it will improve my playing by fixing anything learned incorrectly.

Thanks. <hr /></blockquote>

I like 99 critical shots
The new berne book for learning basic shots and some positional things.

I like 'the pro book' for getting into things like tournament competition, physical and mental preparation etc. It also has some good drills, but it does not go over the stance, stroke and all of that but assumes the player has those things already in tact. It acually states that it is not a beginner book, but for anyone in competiton, the suggestions on preparation I thought were very good.


03-18-2004, 07:31 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote armandito:</font><hr> ....I will definitely consider a book aimed towards beginners...<hr /></blockquote>

Play Your Best Pool by Phil Capelle.

But the best thing you can do is contact Scott Lee for a lesson. You will be glad you did.

03-18-2004, 07:53 AM
Ok Armandito,listen up..."How To Play Pool Right" by George Fells with Alvin Blick.
This Booklet( all 15 pages) was produced by the Billiard Congress of America and is fully illustrated and covers all the basics. I think it is even FREE (my dealer gave me mine).This book was probably the script for IMHO the best instruction tape ever made by the same name (How To Play Pool Right)by Jerry Brieseth).

03-18-2004, 07:56 AM
I think I still have a stack of those under my desk at home.

03-18-2004, 09:05 AM
Doh! I was talking about Black Belt Billiards (http://members.aol.com/blkbeltbilliards) .

03-18-2004, 11:51 AM
Armando soy tito, echale un vistazo a la pagina de amazon.com, yo ya he pedido 6 libros, y pienso pedirme unos 15 mas. estoy intentando localizarte pero tu email no se donde lo meti y no puedo mandarte ningun mensaje privado, pues no los aceptas.

a ver si me ayudas, dime si tu crees que el canal espn es un buen canal de pool, he visto la programacion en varios sitios y me parecen bien, pero la gente aqui no opina lo mismo, puse un post que se llama espn-espn2, echale un vistazo y me dices que te parece, responde cuando puedas y a ver si recupero tu email, cuidate socio.

03-18-2004, 12:35 PM
check out this link. Capelle, Fels are both good.

03-18-2004, 03:07 PM
Hola Tito,
Supongo que la programacion de ESPN y ESPN2 en España es mas parecida a la programacion en Mexico, que a la de aqui de los Estados Unidos. Supongo que por eso no te recomendaron ESPN2 los del "board".
Debido a los multiples intereses de las compañias de cable de aqui, la programacion de pool-billares en todos los canales es minima. El canal que muestra la mayor cantidad de shows es ESPN2 y aqui solo muestran 1 o 2 programas al dia. Principalmente los de "tiros de fantasia" y los torneos de mujeres. Son generalmente editados para que entren en una hora. Recuerdo que hace un mes que estuve en Mexico, pude ver mas programas de billares en una semana que en dos o tres meses previos, en ESPN2.

Desafortunadamente, como te mencionan los demas tampoco recibimos aqui SKY sports, asi que no puedo comparar ambas programaciones.

Creo que la otra opcion son los videos, aunque aqui todos recomiendan Ebay, pero se que las reglas del sitio son muy diferentes aqui que en el resto del mundo.


03-19-2004, 11:53 AM
Hola armando, gracias por la respuesta, te mando un link donde aparece la programación del canal ESPN y me dices que te parece. Según me cuentas la programación en america latina es diferente a la de estados unidos, en el link lo podrás apreciar.

http://msnlatam.espndeportes.espn.go.com/sports/tvlistings/deportes/deportesScheduleWeek?date=20040319&amp;sport=BI&amp;tz=Eur ope/Madrid#usa

PD: mandame tu email en un msg privado, sino te importa, gracias socio.

referente a los libros, yo me pedi de amazon los de robert byrne, los 99 tiros críticos y play your best pool pero aparte tengo para pedir unos cuantos más como te dije antes.