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The best-selling guide that helped countless players improve their game is now updated, expanded, and better than ever!
With Pool Player’s Edge you will sharpen your strategy and shot-making skills while mastering tactics and techniques in the four most popular forms of the game: 9-ball, 8-ball, straight pool, and one-pocket.
In this new edition, billiards experts and tour pros Gerry “The Ghost” Kanov and Shari “The Shark” Stauch share their secrets on every aspect of the game. In Pool Player’s Edge you will learn these skills:
Perfect your aim and master your shots
Control the cue ball
Set the tone for the game with a power break
Handle the most common and troublesome shots
Map the table and set up shots
Strategize your game
Remain focused and unnerved in competitive play
Step-by-step professional instruction and over 200 full-color detailed diagrams will show you how to take your game to the next level. Whether you’re a league player or a seasoned professional, if you’re serious about pool and looking for a competitive edge, Pool Player’s Edge is your best shot.
Part 1: Become a Player
Chapter 1. The Essentials
Chapter 2. Perfect Your Aim
Chapter 3. Cue Ball Control
Chapter 4. Top-Shelf Shots
Chapter 5. Map the Table
Part II: Act the Part
Chapter 6. Think Ahead
Chapter 7. Master the Mind Game
Chapter 8. Put It in Play
Gerry “The Ghost” Kanov and Shari “The Shark” Stauch combine an unprecedented wealth of professional pool experience and talent. Both contribute to Pool & Billiard Magazine, the top publication for the sport. They have also played against or worked with most of the top professional pool players and instructors in the world.
Kanov has been playing professional and amateur pool since 1968. He has dozens of local and national top-three finishes and championships, including two national team championships as a player and coach. He is an instructional editor and technical advisor for Pool & Billiard Magazine and has written dozens of instructional articles, including the columns “Ghost” and “Eight Ball Ernie,” both reader favorites.
Kanov was a touring professional on the Camel Pro Billiard series and a coach for several top players. He also has a screen credit: He portrayed a referee in the motion picture The Color of Money. Kanov and his wife make their home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Stauch, a 2007 inductee into the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) Hall of Fame, was a touring pro on the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour from 1980 to 2004, when she retired to pursue promotion of the sport full time. She was consistently ranked in the top 32 players in the world, even while serving as executive editor of Pool & Billiard Magazine and handling publicity for the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour. She has performed dozens of exhibitions for clients, including ESPN.
Stauch was the founding president of the Billiard Education Foundation, which conducts youth billiard national championships and scholarship programs. Stauch also was involved as a consultant for The Color of Money. Shari resides with her husband and two children outside of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a BCA- and ACS-certified instructor and certified coach.
"Pool Player's Edge is a shortcut to mastering the game, no matter what level you strive to reach.”
Ewa Mataya Laurance -- "The Striking Viking", World Trick Shot and 9-Ball Champion