> Hi, I'm primarily a nine ball player and have won a $100.00 shopping
> spree from a pool store on another website.I was considering spending
> the money on the following choices:
> 1.Ray Martins- 99 Critical Shots in Pool (book)
Great book. Not, as someone here mentioned, geared to straight pool
except in the very back pages. There are a couple of mistakes in the
book, but otherwise a good practice drill book.
> 2.Phil Capelle-Play Your Best Nine Ball (book)
I could rave about this book, but I think I already did in a post
about a year or two ago. You can check the Google archive. It would be
preceded by "REVIEW:" In my opinion, this is the single most
comprehensive book on 9-ball ever written. I also think Capelle's
"Play Your Best Pool" is fantastic--and is, in my opinion, better than
the oft-cited Byrne's Standard. My copies of both books are dog-eared,
highlighted, notated, etc.
> 3.Capelle on Nine Ball-Archer vs Reyes (vhs and complimentary book)
> I'd appreciate and feedback on these books/video as to if they are
> good choices and money well spent.
It really is a great match, and the small book that comes with it is
interesting if you want to compare your game to either of these two.
(Let me spare you the suspense: Your game sucks in comparison. So does
mine. Welcome to the club.) I personally found Capelle's video
commentary less informative than I expected. Still, this isn't a bad
purchase by any means. I'd certainly never toss it from my collection
and, in fact, was looking at the small book just the other night.
> Another alternative ( to the above package) is a set of Tapes by Ryan
> Elliot called "Overcoming Contenderosis".
> These tapes caught my eye because I seem to play really well in
> practice and table games as opposed to money/tournament games,
> especially money games.I am curious, however somewhat scepitical about
> these tapes. I am only considering buying the tapes because of the
> free prize money which makes it for me less of a gamble.
Do you know why people sell self-help tapes at such exorbitant prices?
Because other people are willing to buy them. There isn't a book,
tape, class, etc. in the world that is going to make you less nervous
or shoot better when the pressure is on. Trust me when I tell you that
you are no different than anyone else in that respect--I shoot great
at practice, even in warm-up before league matches I have been known
to break-and-run racks of 8- and 9-ball with some regularity. During a
match things are different, though. That's normal. Someone here
mentioned Fancher's Pleasures of Small Motions, which again I reviewed
here a year or two ago. A good explanation of the basic REAL
psychology involved in competition. It won't cure you of nervousness,
but it might help you realize that you're nor different than anyone