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.
Glanville's Tricky Butterfly's Staircase Tumble Shot
Now that is a long name for a trick shot! I saw Glanville performed this shot for the UTS 2015 on Long Island, NY. He introduced so many interesting new shots he created that he won the most creative award for trick shots like these for the tournament. This one is tricker than how Jimmy performed it because it's on a 9ft table instead of a 7ft table which also makes it more difficult to perform. I absolutely love this shot because it's just that creative!
9 in 1 shot
This is a shot which is an easier version of the blooming flower shot because of the use of the butt cues. I still like how it looks pretty when all of them sink into the pockets, but it's relatively easy because you don't have to set up the balls correctly. However, you still need to freeze them together for the trick shot to work.
2 & 3 Rail Double Kick
I've seen Andy and Tom perform this on ESPN TSM 2008. The cue ball goes two rails and another goes three rails to make a mirror image of cue balls passing each other. This I like a lot, and it can be possible to jump them over a barrier and make the cue balls pass each other. I love this shot as much as anyone else, but understand that the cue sticks cannot be even to the cue balls, otherwise the shot would not be possible to perform.
Gordon's Long Combo
The sequel to Gordon's creation right here. It may be similar to this shot here, but it's more stretched out and have a slimmer chance of making the 9-ball. I saw Gordon Hedges performed this version at the Big Kahuna on Long Island for the UTS tournament, but he came up short. For 7ft diamond tables, they make trick shots not as difficult as it seems and have better advantage of winning. That being said, I'd prefer 9ft tables for trick shots always. If we must go to 7ft table, I will have one to practice with. ;)
5 Rail Combo Shot
This is an old shot that Gabi Viosui submitted for TSM 2010. The cue ball goes 5 rails and then bounces off the blocker ball, heads down the long rail to pocket the hanging ball. It's a great and cool looking shot, but watch where you are aiming because the key here is to aim the cue ball at the right spot to carom off the blocker ball.
The Inverted Half Butterfly
It can be found in the Artistic Pool Program online in the section of Trick/Fancy, shot 5A, worth 10 points. It works like the half butterfly shot, but it's more turned to where the object balls fall into the pockets like a shape of a triangle. Let's not forget that a blocker ball can be added to the hanging ball for great chance of making the shot.
Andy's 3, 2, 1 Race
A shot Andy Segal used against me in the 2015 UTS Finals on Long Island. 3 ball is struck first, and then the 2, and then the 1. The 1 ball beats the two in after going three rails, and then the 2 and then the 3. In other words, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3.
Curt's Backwards Bank Shot
Curt Gelina's. a newcomer in trick shots recently introduced this shot to me when I was playing against him at the UTS 2015. I made it on my third attempt and after much unsuccessful attempts by others and Curt as well, I was like, "How did I do that?" I surprised myself that even Curt himself was surprised to see that I made it. It was impossible for many, but not for this guy here! Just to point out, the rack is there for support for one of the object balls since it's not possible without one on a 9ft table. If it were done on a 7ft table, it can be done without one.
Tom's 3 Rail Bank Race
This shot was seen on National Geographic back in 2010 when they were mentioning Artistic Pool for a brief period of time. Tom Rossman is the original creator of this shot, and it's one for the ages. The goal is to have the cue ball race his way around the table to pocket the moving object ball before it falls in the corner. The obstacle is a giant 8 ball made by Tim Chin. In the second video, I had the cue ball beat the 1 ball into the corner pocket, just for fun. But I might have created a new variation of that shot. Who knows?
This is one shot I learned recently, but it's tough to understand how to do it, so that's why I put it on video to have you fully understand how the shot goes. If you can see the pattern here I'm showing while I'm performing the shot, you can see how it's done to make the shot complete. Tom Rossman created this massive special shot, and one that must get more attention out for others to try this classic shot out. Let's make this shot popular again, folks.