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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Billiards Press (Jan. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964920425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964920422
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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"...the best and most complete instructional ever written on the game of straight pool." -- Tony Robles, High Run of 148 at the 2000 U.S. Open

"A wonderful adventure in straight pool knowledge is this worthy effort by Phil Capelle. You must have it." -- Grady “The Professor” Matthews

"It's a Straight Pool lover's treasure chest." -- Tom Shaw, Pool & Billiard Magazine, November, 2000

“The quality and quantity of diagrams is exceptional.” -- Mark Whiteside, The Amateur Billiard News, January, 2001

“…anyone playing any billiard game would benefit enormously from the information Capelle shares.” -- Chalk and Cue, December, 2000

About the Author

Phil Capelle is the world's best and most prolific billiard instructional writer. His three books on pool total 1200 pages, with several more in various stages of development. He has been voted the top billiard instructional writer by the readers of Pool & Billiard Magazine the last two years. His column has appeared in every issue of the magazine since May, 1996.

In June of 1996, his Play Your Best Pool was voted one of the three best instructional books ever by Billiards Digest only 6 months after it was published! His books have been widely praised by world class players, major pool publications, numerous industry experts and, most importantly, readers like yourself whose games have benefited from his teachings.

Mr. Capelle has been continuously involved in the sport as a player, teacher and student since 1969. He is one of the original members of the BCA Certified Instructors, having joined the program in 1993. In 1995, Mr. Capelle founded Billiards Press with the singular goal of providing serious students of the game with the finest instruction possible.

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By A Customer on March 12 2002
Format: Paperback
"An entire book could be written on the virtues of this wonderful but neglected game," the author writes in his first work, Play Your Best Pool. Well here is the entire book. Straight Pool was the third pool game I learned how to play (after 8 and 9 ball), and it always appealed to me, partly because fewer people play it these days (due to the other two games), and partly due to its emphasis on all-around skill and it's "reserved" character, compared to the explosiveness of nine-ball. Here, Capelle covers everything one would need to know about 14.1: position play, break shots, sequence, safety, strategy, you name it. A must-have for anyone enamored of Straight Pool. The only other book I've found to cover 14.1 with such thoroughness would be Fels' Advanced Pool; other books treat it along with other pool games (not necessarily rendering their books worthless by any means). I'm not always able to play on a regular basis, so I probably won't run a hundred anytime soon...but that doesn't mean I'll stop enjoying playing pool, especially playing it Straight.
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First off, this is by far the best, most comprehensive straight pool book that I've ever read. Much like his previous "Play Your Best Pool", Cappelle does an excellent job of breaking down all aspects of straight pool (position play, break shots, strategy, defense, etc). And much like "Play Your Best Pool", I'd bet that players of all levels (from intro to advanced) will be able to gain insight and knowledge from this book. With that said, though, I'd recommend not reading the book cover-to-cover. It should rather be used as a guide - read the chapters that apply to you as a player.
Like many, when I first began playing pool, I started off with 8 ball and eventually moved to 9 ball. After a couple years, I began playing some of the other games (straight pool, 1 pocket, billiards, etc) and now love straight pool the most. More than any other game, it requires a player to master all aspects of pool, such as position play, shotmaking, defense, and above all, knowledge. As such, in my opinion, anyone with an interest in straight pool who reads this book can't help but improve their game. I'd recommend purchasing some Accu-Stat straight pool tapes in addition to this book. You'll then be able to see some of the principles in practice. Hope this helps!
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By way of background, let me start out by saying that I'm an "A" player, and I've read them all through the years - Byrne, Martin, Fels, Koehler, Harris, etc. I learned the game with a copy of Ray Martin's 99 Critical Shots and a lot of practice, later turned to Byrne's excellent texts (keep them coming as far as I'm concerned), satisfied my scientific curiousity with Koehler's Scientific Principles of Pool and Billiards, added Walt Harris' Billiard Atlas series, and filled in with other books and videos found along the way - some good, most of them repetitive, some even just plain wrong.
Just when I thought I was done, a few years ago Phil Capelle writes Play Your Best Pool, a great and very thorough book, although maybe lacking in some of the finer, more advanced points. Then came A Mind for Pool, a pretty good read into the mental aspects of the game. So when his latest book, Play Your Best Straight Pool came out, I just had to buy it. I was not disappointed.
This book covers EVERY aspect of the great game of straight pool - entire chapters are devoted to break shots (primary and secondary), position play, recurring patterns, key ball concepts, safety play, etc. I remember learning the basic concepts of straight pool from Fel's Mastering Pool - this book expounds on those concepts in great detail. The numerous diagrams are drawn expertly and to scale, and the information seems like it will never end. Even though I read the book cover to cover, it is really meant to be taken in sections and studied, or even to use the sections as reference material from time to time. Since there is a lot of advanced information here, Mr.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1133e7c) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d07234) out of 5 stars Excellent book on Straight Pool - sure to improve your game! Feb. 28 2001
By Scott J. Rohleder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
By way of background, let me start out by saying that I'm an "A" player, and I've read them all through the years - Byrne, Martin, Fels, Koehler, Harris, etc. I learned the game with a copy of Ray Martin's 99 Critical Shots and a lot of practice, later turned to Byrne's excellent texts (keep them coming as far as I'm concerned), satisfied my scientific curiousity with Koehler's Scientific Principles of Pool and Billiards, added Walt Harris' Billiard Atlas series, and filled in with other books and videos found along the way - some good, most of them repetitive, some even just plain wrong.
Just when I thought I was done, a few years ago Phil Capelle writes Play Your Best Pool, a great and very thorough book, although maybe lacking in some of the finer, more advanced points. Then came A Mind for Pool, a pretty good read into the mental aspects of the game. So when his latest book, Play Your Best Straight Pool came out, I just had to buy it. I was not disappointed.
This book covers EVERY aspect of the great game of straight pool - entire chapters are devoted to break shots (primary and secondary), position play, recurring patterns, key ball concepts, safety play, etc. I remember learning the basic concepts of straight pool from Fel's Mastering Pool - this book expounds on those concepts in great detail. The numerous diagrams are drawn expertly and to scale, and the information seems like it will never end. Even though I read the book cover to cover, it is really meant to be taken in sections and studied, or even to use the sections as reference material from time to time. Since there is a lot of advanced information here, Mr. Capelle has gone through the trouble of indicating the sections that are especially relevant for beginners, so they do not have to wade through all the material to find points of interest. While a good player can run a few racks of straight pool on talent alone, this book simplifies the game and offers insight into how the pros regularly run 100 or 150 balls and up. Anyone reading this book will increase their balls per inning average and will most assuredly beat their current high run.
I have only one complaint, and it was not serious enough to lower my rating. In my version, all of the fractions used in the text (¼ ball, ½ diamond, etc.) were printed incorrectly - for example, ½ showed up as `fi (or something like that). Luckily, the mistakes were consistent throughout the text (must have been an error during typesetting) and were easy to decipher. Perhaps this problem has already been corrected, as I'm sure my copy came from the first run.
Bottom line - if you want to play better straight pool, buy this book!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa104ed44) out of 5 stars Best pool book purchase I've ever made Jan. 4 2002
By Scott Choy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off, this is by far the best, most comprehensive straight pool book that I've ever read. Much like his previous "Play Your Best Pool", Cappelle does an excellent job of breaking down all aspects of straight pool (position play, break shots, strategy, defense, etc). And much like "Play Your Best Pool", I'd bet that players of all levels (from intro to advanced) will be able to gain insight and knowledge from this book. With that said, though, I'd recommend not reading the book cover-to-cover. It should rather be used as a guide - read the chapters that apply to you as a player.
Like many, when I first began playing pool, I started off with 8 ball and eventually moved to 9 ball. After a couple years, I began playing some of the other games (straight pool, 1 pocket, billiards, etc) and now love straight pool the most. More than any other game, it requires a player to master all aspects of pool, such as position play, shotmaking, defense, and above all, knowledge. As such, in my opinion, anyone with an interest in straight pool who reads this book can't help but improve their game. I'd recommend purchasing some Accu-Stat straight pool tapes in addition to this book. You'll then be able to see some of the principles in practice. Hope this helps!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa134ccf0) out of 5 stars Great book on a great game March 12 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"An entire book could be written on the virtues of this wonderful but neglected game," the author writes in his first work, Play Your Best Pool. Well here is the entire book. Straight Pool was the third pool game I learned how to play (after 8 and 9 ball), and it always appealed to me, partly because fewer people play it these days (due to the other two games), and partly due to its emphasis on all-around skill and it's "reserved" character, compared to the explosiveness of nine-ball. Here, Capelle covers everything one would need to know about 14.1: position play, break shots, sequence, safety, strategy, you name it. A must-have for anyone enamored of Straight Pool. The only other book I've found to cover 14.1 with such thoroughness would be Fels' Advanced Pool; other books treat it along with other pool games (not necessarily rendering their books worthless by any means). I'm not always able to play on a regular basis, so I probably won't run a hundred anytime soon...but that doesn't mean I'll stop enjoying playing pool, especially playing it Straight.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1296b7c) out of 5 stars It's real Love Baby Nov. 29 2010
By elliot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"PLAY YOUR BEST STRAIGHT POOL"
By Phil Capelle

It's Real Love Baby
A Book Review by Elliot S. Eisenberg

Four adjectives characterize Phil Capelle's book
"Play Your Best Straight Pool." First, it's encyclopedic
in scope. Second, it's scholarly in presentation. Third, it's
articulate in style. And, finally, it's superlative in contribution
to pool/billiards education.

Right from the opening frame of this straight pool treatise
Mr. Capelle leaves his competitors frozen on the end rail without having disturbed a single ball in the pack. Stated alternatively, the Table of Contents of this book is voluminous, comprehensive, and erudite. Even without carefully reviewing each of the nine pages in the contents section the reader is given a glimpse of the type of detail
the author employs. My first thought in reading it was that
it was like an encyclopedia. No stone left unturned... somewhere between the Duane's Series of Ophthalmology and Brittanica...an accurate foreshadowing
of the surgically precise 394 pages that follow. While many fine straight pool texts on the market help to educate all levels of players none of them fracture the game to its component parts to the level of "Play Your Best Straight Pool." The topic specificity is so high and so discriminating all 14.1 players will be thoroughly addicted by Chapter 1. By the time I read the subsection `Bending with Draw' and `Bumping Balls with Spin' I was in need of an immediate fix. STAT. Two hours of nothing but straight pool at `Hard Times...No other instruction text in the field has demonstrated this level of comprehensiveness.

In order for a book to be considered scholarly it should meet the burden of bringing the hidden to the revealed. Capelle's text aptly passes muster in this regard. In most cases, with the exception of a few naturally gifted elite players, straight pool knowledge is the gradual cumulation of years of practice and experience. With luck, a beacon such as "Play Your Best Straight Pool" arrives and a bright light transforms the journeyman into a player. A specific example in Capelle's text is his discussion of jumping the cue ball into the rack. In a chapter entitled "Break Shots"
the author discusses a dreaded phenomenon where the player has a potential break shot but unfortunately leaves the cueball in a position that is almost straight in. This would result in a situation where there is an insufficient angle of cue ball defection after impact. The net effect is a lack of the necessary force to scatter the triangulated balls and continue the run. In other words the cut angle is too shallow. The author's solution to the dilemma is to send the cueball airborne by executing a jump shot. The flying cueball then descends on the nearby rack and its weight and velocity are an impetus to scatter the balls. This concept is clearly not obvious. Even a moderately skillful straight pool player, one who is capable of stringing a number of racks together, may not envision a jump shot as a solution to dispersing clustered balls. Furthermore, as a corollary to this principle Capelle amplifies the idea in another section of the text where he advocates a semi-jump shot with force follow to break a difficult cluster. In both scenarios the reader is illuminated with sophisticated knowledge not evident by casual observation.

The book is clearly presented, well formatted, and fits together in a distinct but connected sequence. Exemplifying this articulate style is a seven page mini-dissertation on `Manufacturing Break Shots' - a subsection from the chapter
labeled "Pattern Play." First, Capelle introduces the reader to the concept. Then he defines the goal and necessity of maneuvering critical balls into strategic positions to maintain runs. Next, with the use of precise and scaled drawings (consistent throughout the book) he takes the pool enthusiast on a step by step tour teaching the creation of break shots. Finally, he masterfully ends the short discourse with advanced techniques employing spin, draw, bank shots, and visualization.

On a somewhat personal note my goal in reading "Play Your Best Straight Pool" was to facilitate coming out of retirement. I hadn't played 14.1 Continuous in over a decade. For over ten years I didn't even walk into a pool hall. There was a significant hiatus in my billiard career. As a result a burning question remained in my mind. Will the game come back like riding a bicycle or will I be struggling to
make every ball? After I read the section of `Manufacturing Break Shots' I couldn't think of anything else. Brushing my teeth in the morning I was pushing out the 15 ball into the classic `Mosconi break.' At noon I nudged the 2 ball into position for a break shot behind the rack. Going to sleep I kissed and banked the 5 ball into position alongside the triangle. Day and Night Straight Pool. In practice it went the same way. Phil's book actualized my goal and made it reality. This was love, baby. Real love.

A quotation from the often cited 1961 immortal film masterpiece `The Hustler' is relevant. The protagonist, Fast Eddie Felson--a straight pool player--cavalierly enters a billiard room. Addressing the cashier behind the counter he says "No bar?" Sternly, in a reprimanding tone, the cashier replies "No bar, no pinball machines, no bowling alley, just pool...nothing else. This is Ames, Mister." The observant viewer gleans an epiphany from these lines. No other games of value exist. Nothing else matters. Phil Capelle intimately understands those lines and with his labor of love "Play Your Best Straight Pool" he has given pool a lasting contribution by dissecting the greatest of games.

This book is the finest in its genre and one can only hope
Capelle will bless us with a sequel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa129e8f4) out of 5 stars straight pool bible May 10 2007
By louie ganooie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have skimmed all of the book, have read parts of it carefully, and will continue to consult different chapters from time to time. I seldom play straight pool but practice it quite often. This book showed me some things I didn't know and pointed out some things I knew but hadn't paid enough attention to. It's detailed and thorough. I may not reach my lifetime goal of running 100 balls but this book will put at least a few balls on my occasional high run. It's a good book to read just before going out to hit balls.


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