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.
This is a shot used in ESPN tournaments when two players are tied at the end of the semi-finals or the finals of Trick Shot Magic. For this shot you need brand new cloth for the shot to work, or use silicone spray for the cue ball to go long off the rails. I used a hanger ball because I thought it would be tricker than getting the cue ball on a $100 bill.
A friend of Tim Chin's Joe "Jersey" Bonge invented this crazy set up shot. It's a jumble how all the ball go in it's pockets after the cue ball hits the asigned balls and it's a pretty one to watch. If you aim right on the cue ball, you can easily make all the balls in at once.
Bank Trap Shot
Another classic shot used in book tournaments and featured on ESPN back in 2009. The only key part to remember is where to aim on the long rail for the cue ball to push the 8 ball into the corner. The small bag is there as the goal under the football terms for this shot. It's a pretty nifty shot to observe and one that you can start on to get into pool trick shots.
The Hustler Bank Shot
A trick shot that was first seen in "The Hustler" movie featuring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. If you are familiar with the movie, then I think you would be familiar with this shot. The only new add on to this shot are the balls stacked near the first diamond and two balls stacked on two Mountain Dew bottles. The bottles and the stacked balls must not be hit by the cue ball, 8-ball or your body or else the shot is no good.
Stop Ball Shot
This is the shot Jamey Gray always uses in ESPN tournaments. The difference between the previous one on my website is that the 8-ball must not hit the bottle or nip it off to then later hit off the cue ball and into the side pocket. The shot is considered no good if that happens, but it rarely happens in real life. It's a difficult shot, but if you know how to shoot it, it should be no problem for you. ;)
A shot Paul "Book 'em" Danno invented for a freestyle trick shot tournament back in 2010 and was named by Renee' LaViness of Crown Cues. It's like doing one of the easy cluster shots except one of the balls is frozen to the cluster. It's a neat looking shot, and Paul was even proud to make it on his first attempt at the Riveria Casino and Hotel back in 2010. Try the shot out and see what can happen.
The Glove's Squeeze Shot
This is a shot Gene "The Glove" Catron invented years ago, and he's known for the domino trick shots using four pool tables. You might have seen that video somewhere before on YouTube. If you have, then you know who he is. ;) This shot here, I have to shoot the two balls and make them go onto the same pocket. Applying a lot of draw would help the one ball be kicked into the corner while the orange ball goes four rails following it in. It's a neat little quirky shot that you need to try right now.
Invented by Yoshikazu Kimura, this shot was featured on ESPN Trick Shot Magic by Stefano Pelinga. I did it behind the back because the set up is easy as well as execution. Matthew Webber even featured this shot in one of his recent YouTube videos and he's only 15 years old. Now one thing to keep in mind, behind the back is very hard. You won't get the same balance and accuracy as to when you shoot it the regular way. I advise you to shoot the shot the regular way before trying behind the back. I don't want you to have your back twisted and end up seeing a chiropractor. It's my word for you, so be cautious when this shot behind the back.
This is a shot Tim "The Dragon" Chin developed after he was inspired by his work with Radient Pictures. The setup is in the shape of a "Y", and the setup is the most important part of this trick shot. I know all the balls fall in their designated pockets, but if collision is involved and the shot is still made, is the shot still good? I'll ask Tim when I have the chance next time I'd see him. Go to his website to see how you can set up the shot and execute it.
A trick shot invented by Yoshikazu Kimura. Paul Gerni called it, "Kyoto Freeway" on ESPN Trick Shot Magic because you have many different balls going into different directions. It's important to set up the shot right or else you might end up causing a huge traffic accident on your pool table. LOL. This one is another favorite of mine, and it's one that's been picked as one of the top classic trick shots in Artistic Pool history.