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    Diamond system

    Is there a book that is recommended for learning the Diamond system?
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    Billiard Instructor Rod Gustafson's Avatar
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    Short answer Robert Byrne's "New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards" pages 276-287 is the 5/0 or "corner 5 system". Or Robert Byrne's "Advanced Technique In Pool and Billiards" pages 131-135.
    Their are several difficulties with this system:
    1. there is not just 1 diamond system. There are some for 1 rail, 2 rails, 4 rails, etc.
    2. most diamond systems don't come from pool games but from carom billiard games (bigger table, no pockets, bigger balls, etc.)
    3. the most helpful system is the one I mentioned...the "corner 5 or 5/0 system, but adjustments must be made to use it on a pool table.
    4. the fact that pool tables are smaller and have pockets limit what you can do with diamond systems

    I have my own charts of the 5/0 system adapted for pool tables. I will be glad to talk to you about them if you give me a call (512-835-2042).

    Also somewhere in one of Byrne's books he has helpful 2 rail kicking system and a 3 rail system known as "the spot on the wall". I leave it to you to track those down.

    Hope this helped. If you have any other Q's let me know.
    Rod Gustafson
    BCA Master Instructor / PAT 3 Examiner

    12231 Forsythe Drive
    Austin, Texas 78759
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    Billiard Instructor Dave Manasseri's Avatar
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    Heya Doc,

    Also try The Billiard Atlas on Systems and Techniques, by Walt Harris. Book is strictly about billiards patterns and systems. Please be aware of what Rod said in regard to pool vs. billiards.
    Dave Manasseri

    BCA Instructor
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    Elmhurst NY, 11373
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    Thank you both for your replies.
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