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.
Showing Off My Skills
This was one of the 2011 Team USA trick shot submissions they never used in ESPN competitions. Each team player had one part for each shot. Player 1 shoots the showing off part, player 2 places a wooden block on the center of the table after the cue ball passes the center of the table. Finally, player three jumps the cue ball over the block to pocket the hanger ball. In this video, I made it possible to do it all in one.
This is a shot Tom Rossman used in 2010 for the UTS tournament in Las Vegas at the Riveria Casino and Hotel. The 8-ball is struck hard to send it down four rails into the corner pocket. In the mean time, the five ball banks into the side. This shot requires some adjustment to the two frozen balls depending on how good the rails are on your table.
A book shot used in the Artistic Pool program. The cue ball splits one set, and then it splits another to add a crowd pleaser spark for the audience. Many players have used this shot, and it's one of the more difficult one used in the WPA-APD (World Pool Player Association-Artistic Pool Division).
The shot is a team europe shot from 2011 World Cup of Trick Shots submissions. The first player hits the cluster and pockets 2, 3, and 4 ball leaving the second player to pocket the 1 ball as the cue ball and the one ball continues moving. If either one of them stops, then the shot is no good. A cool-looking shot, but is it repeatable for tournaments?
Just Showing Off plus Nine Rails
Paul Danno did this shot in 2010 for the UTS freestyle tournament at the Riveria Casino and Hotel. He did the showing off part and then shoot the cue ball nine rails going back and forth. A little risky Paul, but at least you made the shot.
Tom's Coin Wrappers
One of Tom Rossman's trick shot creations and one created for the World Cup of Trick Shots for Team USA. The only part that you should know after watching the video is that the rolling 8 ball must never stop moving before impact and the 9 ball must be hit before the 8 ball falls in. The rest you can figure out from watching the video.
Four balls, Four Ways
This was a partner trick shot submitted for the World Cup of Trick Shots. One player shoots the one ball off the short rail, player two shoots the two ball three rails, and player three banks the three ball off the pocket point and through the one ball and a chalk width between the bottle and short rail. Lastly, player four masse's the four ball around the bottle. All the balls fall into the same pocket and there is no time limit, so you can take your time however long you want. ;)
Tom's Fire Cracker
One of Tom Rossman's ESPN Trick Shot Magic submissions from 2010. It's like doing the classic shot from the book program, but with two paper bags. The one ball has to go in and flip the bag while the two ball has to stay in the bag and not flip over to be pocketed. Otherwise, the shot is no good. Try the shot out if you have two small paper bags.
Blind-Folded Trick Shots
This is a crazy series of trick shots where you must do it all blindfolded. The time limit is one minute and thirty seconds or less, so you'll have plenty of time if you are familiar with being blind-folded. This is considered as one of the craziest trick shots on earth and no wonder you can't see this in competitions.
Tom's Quicker Than The Eye
One of Tom Rossman's closing shots he uses for his trick shot shows and competitions. You need to push the cue stick pass the cue ball and two ball to strike the three and split two frozen balls underneath the bandana. Thankfully, the cue ball, and the two ball didn't collide with the other balls that were going into the corner pockets. Whew!