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Book: Upscale OnePocket - 01-20-2017, 04:34 PM

As a beginner did you benefit from reading it. Would you recommend it. BUT..you had to read this as a newbie with no OnePocket experience. Helpful or not? Thanks. Frank




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As a beginner did you benefit from reading it. YES Would you recommend it. YES BUT..you had to read this as a newbie with no OnePocket experience. Helpful or not? YES Thanks. Frank
Very thorough for a beginner. Very well organized, although he spends a lot of paper on banking. But banking can be a big part of the game. Not as much defensively as I had hoped, even though he mentioned that in a study (ACCU-STATS) of one pocket shots; 53% were defensive shots; 47% offensive. I would have liked to have seen more text devoted to the defense.
Pages 1–184 are Text including an introduction. Pages 185–210 are Glossary. Pages 211–212 are Epilogue.
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Cheap?
Meaning not expensive?
Meaning what?

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I did not like it as a beginner with no experience. I currently have some experience and glanced through it again. At this point ....there is a lot of filler. A lot of non 1P info. This next paragraph is without a doubt the most ridiculous statement I have ever read in an instructional pool book.
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05-30-2018, 10:02 AM

i know we disagree on this
but i found the book helpfull as a beginner
explaing basic concepts on strategy/rules/andshotsbut new to someone that doesnt know the game
we agree the advice on chalk could have been edited out...
  
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i know we disagree on this
but i found the book helpfull as a beginner
explaing basic concepts on strategy/rules/andshotsbut new to someone that doesnt know the game
we agree the advice on chalk could have been edited out...
I agree with you Larry. It's a good book with lots of useful information, except for that paragraph on chalk. Nothing much worse than drilling a hole through the chalk with tip. Brushing it over the tip is much more effective and less wasteful. Besides that, I still open the book up occassionally to look for things I maybe overlooked years ago.


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i know we disagree on this
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we agree the advice on chalk could have been edited out...
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I agree with you Larry. It's a good book with lots of useful information, except for that paragraph on chalk. Nothing much worse than drilling a hole through the chalk with tip. Brushing it over the tip is much more effective and less wasteful. Besides that, I still open the book up occassionally to look for things I maybe overlooked years ago.
Paying for ridiculous filler...How about the sentence that says a lighter cue hits more accurately. As for the chalk ...don't share yours...oh please. However I don't...I'm usually holding mine by habit and get bawled out for hoarding.
Ok..aside from the fact some do/don't benefit from the book 25% belongs in "Filler for Dummies". Anyway I'm bashing the filler. The most interesting aspect I got out of UPSCALE was HERDING balls. That stuck in my mind. One good point from any source is a something learned.




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Paying for ridiculous filler...How about the sentence that says a lighter cue hits more accurately. As for the chalk ...don't share yours...oh please. However I don't...I'm usually holding mine by habit and get bawled out for hoarding.
Ok..aside from the fact some do/don't benefit from the book 25% belongs in "Filler for Dummies". Anyway I'm bashing the filler. The most interesting aspect I got out of UPSCALE was HERDING balls. That stuck in my mind. One good point from any source is a something learned.
First off, I honestly believe the best 1hole book available is Tom Wirth's, A Game of Controlled Agression. But for someone not sure about wanting to learn the game, Upscale One Pocket is a good book for starting.

In bold above....Jack doesn't give details on why he says a lighter cue hits more accurately, but he's sort of right, considering how a lighter cue stick could deflect more, or more easily, and thereby reduce cb squirt.


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First off, I honestly believe the best 1hole book available is Tom Wirth's, A Game of Controlled Agression. But for someone not sure about wanting to learn the game, Upscale One Pocket is a good book for starting.

In bold above....Jack doesn't give details on why he says a lighter cue hits more accurately, but he's sort of right, considering how a lighter cue stick could deflect more, or more easily, and thereby reduce cb squirt.
Yep..Tom's book sets the standard for 1P instruction. And no filler....but it's not for beginners but then again why not....every scenario comes right into play. Interesting when we follow Tom's path...we play someone and see the mistakes they are making. And classic mistakes. And over and over. Filler is for turkey stuffing and Mrs. Pauls fish cakes.




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