Bank, Kick, Trick, & Fancy Shots
Bank shots are where the object ball contacts one or more rails before going into a pocket.
Kick shots are where the cue ball contacts one or more rails before contacting an object ball and kicking it in the pocket.
Trick and Fancy shots are mostly setup shots, although certain skill is required. Often at times, there will be a cluster of multiple balls set up in a specific configuration, so that all of the balls will go into their designated pockets.
Andy's Split Race
For a shot like this, Andy can flawlessly execute possibly any trick shot that comes up in a tournament like this one. I saw this one when he was performing in Columbia in the summer of 2014, but it's a new variation of the splitting the two balls before the other ball rolls in either pocket. Not only that, you have to shoot the other object ball into the corner before one of the split balls falls in! Crazy I know, but go for it, it's really worth trying.
Pocket Point Kick
This is another great shot for amatuers to learn and/or to show off with their friends in case they are by a pool table during a party. The trick here is to shoot with top english and make sure the cue ball doesn't hit the short rail too soon. In the video, I use blocker balls to make it more difficult and cool-looking to see the cue ball go pass the balls and make it towards the other side safely. Have fun learning!
Steve's Four in a Line
This is a classic shot with an add on by Steve Markle. It's like doing the 4 in a line shot, but the cue ball now has an objective on where to go next which is making a hanging ball or two. This shows a great example for it's kind. Thanks to Steve for making this shot look brand new and fresh again.
Nick Nikolaidis did this shot for Pool and Billiard Magazine August 2009. It's like Steve Markle's Snowman shot, but this includes a combo with two frozen balls near the side pockets. With proper set up for the pool balls, they should all fall in with ease. My question is: Do you want to build this snowman?
The Never Ending Story w/ an Ending
Nick Nikolaidis videotaped this one for Pool and Billiard Magazine for April 2009 issue. Everything here, all follows like a neverending story, but the deal here is the story has an ending. The cue ball follows down to the butt cue, pass the row of balls and pocket the hanger ball in the corner. It's all easy to execute but keep in mind of the follow you apply to the cue ball.
Tom Rossman submitted this shot for ESPN Trick Shot Magic over the years, and has been seen on ESPN many times before. This is the ever-classic Rosebud Cluster, but the small ad on here is a small gap for the 8-ball to go pass the blocker balls and fall into the pocket. For Tom's part, he sometimes uses a bandana to cover the balls and hit the cluster underneath it. So sit down and watch the magic. :)
6 in 1 shot
This is a simple trick shot that has the blooming flower effect when performed. Here, I did it with a hanging ball to draw back into for greater difficulty. My advice, make sure you read the tangent lines for where they are suppose to line up to. If you dod not know what that means, look up online on what a tangent line is, and be able to know the geometry of this shot. Pool is really all about geometry and the advantage on making the shots be performed with ease.
Bank On It
Steve Markle performed this shot on video when he released his latest trick shot video back in February 2015. Somehow, this shot is a fun one to learn mostly because of how the balls disappear into the corner pockets at the same time. Nick Nikolaidis has a template for this shot actually in his Quick Tricks Volume 2 series. If you use it for this shot, it should give you no trouble whatsoever on learning this one. What could possibly go wrong?
The shot requires you to have skills on double kissing an object ball like this one. This is from a very old artistic pool program from the year 2000 when trick shots in pool were starting to get big at the time. With a little bit of top right english, you should be able to carom the orange ball off and knock it into the corner pocket. Try this one out, and believe me you will get addicted to this one.
Gordon's Cutting in Line
Gordon Hedges recently made a version of this where the stripe balls are pocketed in before the solid balls are each pocketed first. So, it's more to say that they are just cutting in line in between. It's a difficult shot to do, but maybe it'll be easier if we added a butt cue near the corner pocket just to make the shot seem more practicable and easier as well. If you want to give it a try, good luck learning this one. I would prefer using a butt cue if you are new to this shot, just for fair warning.