The greatest asset in Phil Capelle’s book ‘Break Shot Patterns’ is that it increases our awareness to
the end game in straight pool. A Talmudic dictim states “If there is no awareness, whence distinctions?”
(Berachot 5:2) Alternatively stated, whether in life or 14.1 Continuous, if a problem or issue lies below the radar screen it is almost impossible to improve it or fix it. Only when issues ascend to the level of heartfelt consciousness do they become amenable to favorable solutions. Capelle’s text drills that message home in multimedia format. The reader sees the information in diagrams, in numbers, in text, and in actual video images ( a CD is included with the book) of professional matches. With multiple examples and constant repetition Phil’s work reinforces basic notions necessary for high level straight pool play. Think ahead, execute with precision, and entertain options becomes the mantra. The dedicated reader will not forget these concepts. And with practice the mantra becomes embedded and ingrained. Ultimately, and somewhat ironically, the lessons also descend back to the level of the subconscious mind. At that point a sense of wholeness and completion is attained—high runs ensue.
The book also makes significant other contributions. For starters, the organizational structure is innovative. Capelle historically reviews the actual closing patterns from famous professionals as they practice their craft. In each case the reader follows the play. in the accompanying video CD while the corresponding text analyzes the action. The written word is in perfect sync with the movie style format.
Second, meticulously drawn diagrams illustrating the ball position from the matches challenge the reader to solve the puzzle on the table—just as the pros did during competition. Carefully scrutinizing their choices, and usually providing options, Capelle takes his audience step by step on the final journey of a straight pool rack. In this fashion the reader is given a double dose of the information—visually and conceptually.
Finally, the author’s thorough attention to detail makes the text even more interesting. No nuance misses his eye as he comments on the fine particulars on the player performances. In one instance he notes the player’s elbow position after cue contact, in another the number of inches the ball has traveled from the most optimal position, and in another he calculates the stroke speed average for the shots played.
Fine teachers see the details their students can’t perceive. As illustrated by this book the ‘gain’ of Phil Capelle’s screen is set to ‘high.’
Whether you are a world class professional or just learning how to hold a cue stick your attention
to ‘Break Shot Patterns’ will raise your sensitivity to the artistry in the game. At the same time it will
enhance and facilitate your personal accomplishment in straight pool.