After 50 years of competing against the best bankers and one pocket players in the world, Freddy “The Beard” Bentivegna is revealing the secrets that made him one of the toughest competitors in the game. In 2005, Freddy was inducted into the Bank Pool Hall of Fame.
The DVD set exposes the most closely guarded secrets in bank pool. Learn bank methods never before revealed. Some banks require pure skill, but many depend on pure knowledge. These DVDs provide you with the knowledge.
Each DVD runs over 50 minutes. The DVDs contain 47 bank shots, most never seen before, with their solutions.
Overall Rating for Banks That Don't Go - But Do DVD - Vol 1 & Vol 2
(based on 8 reviews)
By Brian from Las Vegas, NV on April 10, 2013
These DVDs are great. I am a advanced level player, and am frequently in the money in my local Vegas tournaments. I used to be rated a 7 in TAP league (The highest rating at the time, not sure about today)when I played leagues years ago. I can run racks. I'm also a cue maker. I have a 9' Brunswick GC at home. I have tons of DVDs and books on pool. There is material that is unique, then there is material where the publisher just makes a cookie cutter how to play pool video, to make a quick dollar. Freddy's dvds and books are keepers. Unlike alot of dvds and books that seem to repeat the same crap, and may have one nugget of AH-HA in the whole book/dvd, the shots and techniques in his DVDS are unique, and give great information. This is a banking DVD (Why would a banking dvd need to show a diamond system, are you a rookie? Seriously, why are rookies always obsessing over the so called "Diamond System", BTW there are MANY different diamonds systems and gimmicks, some better than others, for this I'd recommend the Monks 202 series, or the billiards atlas series). These DVDS shows practical specific banks that can show up in one pocket or bank pool, also even though you may never have to shoot some of these shots, it will teach you some of the nuances to pool. If you are a beginner or intermediate player, your money is better spent learning the fundamentals of stroking and positioning. IMHO you're wasting your time with this info if you have a crappy stroke, because banks have LOTS of nuances. Also, I'd recommend you buy his other DVD set to learn banking basics before this set. In this set he shows and tells you exactly what you need to see and know to make these bank shots. This type of information can't be spoon fed. There is no EXACT way to hit any of these banks, and kudos to the Beard for not pretending that there is. Tables have differences, pool cues themselves have differences.... Type Of Cloth, Stretch of cloth, humidity, temperature, rail type, dead rails, shaft deflection, shaft weight, shaft curve, cue ball weight, cue ball material, tip softness, etc, etc.. Also I thought the video quality was excellent, very crisp, new, and not grainy. I believe that he honestly wants to help people, and shares a bunch of good information and shares some good stories, unlike alot of stuff these days where the instructor gets a cut from some production company to put out a crap video, so they can both make a quick buck spewing out the same crap as a million other videos. Sorry for the rant, but I saw these videos with only a 2.5 stars which is absurd. Then I read the reviews, and it seems like reviews from people that shouldn't even be buying advanced material, and not giving this material the respect it deserves.
I would recommend this item to a friend.
By Koelev from Hawaii on August 3, 2012
needed it to help my banking
I would recommend this item to a friend.
BANKD THAT DON'T GO BUT DO
By JOSEPH HART from ALEXANDRIA,VIRGINIA on December 29, 2011
I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE "BEARD" BUT HIS VIDEO LACKS PROFESSIONALISM . NO ANGLES , MOST OF THE TIME HE SPENDS COMPLIMENTS HIS FRIENDS ON THIS TAPE. THIS IS COOL, BUT I DIDN'T BUY THIS TAPE FOR THIS. THE VIDEO HAS POOR VIDEO QUALITY, ETC.
Banks that don't go but do DVD
By Ruben from Upland, Ca on June 30, 2011
While I was impressed with the knowledge of the author and many of the techniques I felt that there was too much what I would call repetition. The same shot done a little differently. Vol 2 was a disappointment because it almost mirrored Vol 1.
Not sure if I would recommend it or not.
By Juan from Ohio on October 27, 2010
I thought this dvd was terrible!!! No dicussion on "Diamond system"!! This is a waste of time, and money!
The Beard's DVDs
By Scott Henry from Wadsworth, OH on September 26, 2010
This and Banking with the Beard The Movie are somewhat demonstrative, but short on instructional details. Needed and missing are overhead views of his shots. You can't even see the cue tip contact point. It is always hidden by the ball itself. Because of the lack of details, it is frequently hard to duplicate the shots demonstrated (doing what he SAYS). One can benefit from considering the tips of English, quarter diamond, and quarter ball fractions, but you have to be creative using your own style, while accepting what works and what seems impossible using some of his tip combinations. He's a great player, but suffers in the instructional end of things. I will keep trying to apply these concepts, though, hoping that growing skill will finally bring them to my reach!
By EARL from South Dakota on May 24, 2010
Not exactly what I wanted or expected.But otherwise good video
By JHinds from New york New york on January 22, 2010
This DVD helped my game. I know bank with confidence and precision. Thanks to Banking with the Beard I have won more games in pool.
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