this is the fourteenth volume of poolSynergy. welcome back, and thanks for reading this post.
the topic for volume XIV is “recommendations”.
for the main page of volume XIV, visit the link below. it contains a list of all the posts on this month’s topic.
also, visit the link below for a complete list of poolSynergy’s monthly topics.
below is my post for this month. enjoy.
this month trigger asks us to come up with some book & video recommendations that can be used as gift lists. i’m not too big on pool instructional videos, so i’ll recommend a couple of books instead.
1. 99 critical shots in pool, by ray martin and rosser reeves
first is the old standby, 99 critical shots in pool by ray martin. the reason i like it is because it’s so easy to follow. the authors wrote in a no-nonsense language, and the diagrams make deciphering the shots fairly easy. more importantly, you actually learn some very useful stuff in the book, so you won’t feel like you’ve wasted money and have massive buyer’s regret. for the cheapskates frugal folks (like moi), there are plenty of used copies available, so dig around online or at your favorite used book store and have a ball. i don’t think this is available as an ebook yet, so for now we’re stuck with paper copies. i tend to like actual books a little more than ebooks, so that’s fine with me. 🙂
2. happiness is a serious problem, by dennis prager
the second book i recommend has nothing to do with pool at all. it deals with happiness. i’ve recommended dennis prager’s happiness is a serious problem before, and i’m recommending it again. this book is available both in physical and electronic formats; again, used copies are available if you dig around. why do i keep recommending this book? simple. it’s a d~* good book. i see a lot of unhappy people at pool halls, and i believe that if you’re happy, you’ll have a better time playing pool. can you imagine playing pool, one of your most favorite hobbies on earth, with a huge frown on your face? i just can’t fathom such thought. your hobby adds to your happiness. if it doesn’t, you have to figure out why you’re unhappy in the first place. this book offers many clues on why you may be miserable; plus, it’s filled with the sort of common-sense language that i love, not a bunch of slavishly trendy psychobabble words that you can’t use or understand. i can’t imagine giving a more thoughtful gift than this book, so read it yourself first then liberally distribute among your family and friends.
an early merry Christmas to all you guys!!