Whether you’re a beginner or professional player needing to start playing any form of billiards, I can recommend a book called, The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards which is in paperback format (hard copy). This book can guide you in how to play the game of billiards with illustrations and show you step-by-step in playing the game properly.
What I like about this book is that the author, David G. “Dr. Dave”Alciatore goes into great detail in how to position yourself in trying to hit the cue ball to make a bank-shot, how to “break the rack”, and hit “combination shots”. These are only a few of the the teachings of this author as he also has a passion for teaching the game of billiards and pool.
In my Review page, I have done a brief summary of what this book entails. This book shows the rules for beginners and professionals in how to play a game of pool (8-ball or 9-ball) with precision so you can play with the most the utmost satisfaction. You wouldn’t need to be clueless anymore on what to do when “it’s your turn to shoot”.
The rating of this book is a 4.8 out of 5 stars from 16 customers who bought this item. For all the products that I have promoted on this site, I always go for the best of the best, and decided to promote this one as it has the highest rating from Amazon.com and also the most affordable of all the books. Most of the comments stemmed from “This is the only book that you’ll ever need to play a pool.” Another commenter stated, “If you’re going to need a book in learning to play pool, make it this one.”
This book has 304 pages in total. You’ll also have more than 250 pictures in your possession that will show you clear examples on how to become a better billiards player. If you have a passion for billiards and pool, you can be certain that you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck when you have this book in your possession. You have an option of buying this book new or used.
Here are additional descriptions:
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Sterling; 1st edition (August 5, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402714289
- ISBN-13: 978-1402714283
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
As mentioned earlier, you can buy the book either new or used. The price for new is $6.89 and the used costs $1.60.
About David Alciatore
“Dr. Dave” who is both a professor of mechanical engineering and a Billiards Digest columnist, has written a textbook-style how-to that focuses on the game’s fundamental principles. They’re loaded with excellent color diagrams, photographs, and useful sidebars. He also has a website where there are dozens of cross-references, such as where free videos that demonstrate the lessons on the page. You’ll find a lot of information on his site in addition to the published books that he has.
His site also contains videos on how to shoot pool as well. You can even earn a “pool diploma” if you choose to. He even explains why you should earn one. And, one reason is that it’s a credential you can use as the first step to becoming a Billiard University (BU) instructor. I could be one of the few that would go for this, and who knows? I’ve always wanted to become a professional player in shooting pool. I might use this to help others such as you to become a professional too.
I hope you enjoyed and are informed by this review. If you have any questions or comments, please reply in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to answer them as thoroughly to the best of my ability.
Cool! Definitely looking for secret ways to beat my friends – I think the trickiest part for me is how hard you push in certain situations. Did you find your game improved a lot from the book? I definitely can use the pointers and it doesn’t seem too expensive at all.
Hi Maria, and thanks for stopping by my site and offering feedback. My game improved a lot better. Though I’m still trying to master the bank shots as the task is very difficult to accomplish. Who knows? You might be a able to accomplish that feat. I hope that I answered your question correctly, and if you have any more questions, please feel free to ask me anytime. Thanks!