POOL

As his work shows, Arnold Roth is crazy. This makes him the ideal artist to portray the vagaries of pool, a game whose apparent simplicity conceals its frustrations. Here, then, is the oddball behind the eight ball
December 14, 1970

SOME FAMILIAR STANCES

a. the old pro
b. the artilleryman
c. the dancing master
d. the wait-till-my-turn
e. the hustler
f. the linebacker
g. the long view
h. the fadeaway
i. the cool, baby
j. the watchmaker
k. the scrambler
l. the yogi
m. the dying swan
n. the surgeon
o. the wait-till-next-year
p. the cupid
q. the win-one-for-the-Gipper
r. the doing-my-own-thing
s. the D'Artagnan
t. the infantryman
u. the I-can't-do-it-nohow

Pool is played by people of both sexes...

...by people of all ages...

...and whenever circumstances permit

Unlike other games, pool was not invented, nor did it evolve. It was sent directly from above to certain bored shepherds in fields where they played. And played. This explains the semi-genuflective stance still used by some pool shooters.

A POOL SHOOTER'S DREAM

The one cardinal, nonnegotiable rule is: a minimum of one foot must touch the floor. There is no maximum.

Agonizing indeed is the loneliness of the long-distance shooter.

AFTER MISSING A FAVORITE SHOT...

Response of the Academy Award winner:

Response of The Good Sport:

TWENTY ILLUSTRATIONSARNOLD ROTH

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)