The 99 Critical Shots in Pool: Everything You Need to Know to Learn and Master the Game (Other)

Thirtieth anniversary edition out in 2007! World Champion Pool Player Ray “Cool Cat” Martin shares his secrets for playing winner’s pool in this classic book, now with a new introduction by the author. Written with co-author Rosser Reeves three decades ago, The 99 Critical Shots in Pool remains one of the most authoritative guides to

Thirtieth anniversary edition out in 2007!

World Champion Pool Player Ray “Cool Cat” Martin shares his secrets for playing winner’s pool in this classic book, now with a new introduction by the author. Written with co-author Rosser Reeves three decades ago, The 99 Critical Shots in Pool remains one of the most authoritative guides to the game ever written. Over 200 illustrations show the proper form, technique, and approach to shots such as:

• The Center Ball Cheat-the-Pocket
• The Hook Shot
• The Seven Ball Stop Shot
• The Jump Shot
• The Frozen Kiss Shot
• The Nudge Shot
• The Side Pocket By-Pass Shot

Ray Martin, a Billiards Congress of America Hall of Fame inductee, is one of only seven players in the twentieth century to win three or more world 14.1 titles. He co-wrote this book with Rosser Reeves in 1976.

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dlh says:

SIMPLY, THE BEST BOOK ON POOL Normally, I wouldn’t take the time to write a review, however, I owe a lot to Ray Martin and his book — it dramatically changed my pool game and fostered my love for the game.The other night I was playing eight-ball and was in a virtually impossible position to make a shot. Using a little imagination and three principles I learned a long time ago from the 99 Critical Shots, I was able to make a really slick shot, instead of playing a safety.However, this is NOT a book of trick shots. It is a book of fundamental principles, many of which I doubt you can learn on your own (at least, I couldn’t have). In fact, the book does an excellent job of emphasizing that pool is not about trick shots, but about controlling your position.As a side note, about ten years ago I was playing straight pool in Elizabeth, NJ. I had discovered the 99 Critical Shots three or four years earlier. There was a guy who was watching me play pool for a half-hour, until his table…

S. Brooks "hawkmiami" says:

You say you’re good? This will make you better! If you are looking for a good book for beginners, this isn’t it. This book is all about making a good pool player better. It assumes a basic knowledge of pool has already been established. If you’re a beginner, check out Ewa Mataya Laurance’s “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pool & Billiards.” It’s a great straight-forward book to get you started right. But if you’re already a pretty good pool player and want to add some great shots to your game, I highly recommend “The 99 Critical Shots in Pool.”The book is not without it’s drawbacks. This is a 220 page book. Of that, 50 pages are devoted to The Official Rules and Glossary of Terms. An additional 25 pages skim the basics of shooting form, etc. That leaves only 145 pages for the meat of the book, the 99 critical shots. Of the 99 shots, 22 are devoted to break shots for straight pool. If, like me, you play only 8-ball and 9-ball, then this book should be called “The 77 Critical Shots in Pool” because you’ll never use the…

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