Jump shots are where a cue ball or an object ball leaves the table surface. For straight jump shots, it is usually done with a jump cue. It is shorter and lighter than a normal playing cue, and it requires a very hard special tip. Although jump shots are generally utilized to jump the cue ball over obstructing balls, including a stroke directly into an object ball, or into a cushion with jump action, they are usually sometimes executed with a normal playing cue.
Double & Triple Jump
I first saw the Double Jump done by my pen pal "Ppooler" from czech republic back in 2007, but since then it became a classic trick shot to where the cue ball hops over not one, but two row of balls. Now fast forward to 2012, Steve Markle adds another row of balls and has the cue ball hop over another row of balls to pocket the object ball. For an easier version, I use a Masse cue butt where the cue ball can glide over easily instead of another row of balls. This is for people who can't manage bouncing the cue ball high enough to make over both barriers, it really depends on how thick or thin your slate really is to deliver a good bounce for the cue ball.
D.O.D 10, 11
Venom's Catch & Release
The shot is very similar to the original "Catch & Release" shot from earlier, but in between, you have to knock the 2 in the corner as you catch the 1 ball and before pocketing the 1 ball before the cue ball knocks the 9 ball in. Venom and Gabi were both successful at the shot, but then a problem occur for Gabi. Florian thinks he moved something during the shot, but in fact, on instant replay, Gabi did indeed moved the cue ball a little bit by mistake after shooting the 1 ball down the table. Dave Nangle looked over it again, but concur that the shot is still good since there was no specific rule about accidentally moving an object ball a little bit before striking it. So, Gabi kept his point, and it left Florian furious and upset for the occurance that happened for Gabi.
Through the Gate
It's an update on an old trick shot called Japanese Gate where the cue ball goes three rails, hits the stick and opens the gate to get pass the blocker balls and pocket the object ball. In my version, I jump three balls through the rack and they go three rails until the 1 ball opens the gate and the rest of the balls follow the 1 to the corner pocket. This is the shot I created on the fly earlier, but my golly does it work, and it works like a dream.
Bruce Barthelette created this shot for Trick Shot Magic 2010, but Andy performed it on TV. You jumps over a 9 and a half inch barrier and hit the steeler football at the other end of the table. Sadly, I didn't have a football around my house, so I used a Delta Rack as a substitute and blocker balls on the inside part. This requires jumping at a high angle, and hit about 6 o'clock to jump the ball high enough to get through the barrier.
Venom's Speed Catch
This was the opening shot for the semi-finals #2 for Trick Shot Magic 2014. It's a Florian Kohler special where you shoot the cue ball first and then shoot the other two balls into the corner pocket with help from a cue butt. This is quick to learn if you have the ability to be really quick. Florian was confident in this shot and immediately got his first point in the semifinals.
Gabi's Jump & Reverse
Gabi pulled out this final shot before Florian moved into the Finals of Trick Shot Magic. Gabi jumps one-handed behind his back opposite handed, and switches up to jumping the object ball to the side pocket backwards one-handed, and then jumps over the barrier to the other pocket with his good hand behind the back. It all has to be done in 6 seconds, but I find it nearly impossible to do, but I managed to do it in 7 seconds. Gabi, next time, don't make things hard on yourself during the competitions. If you can do this shot, have fun learning how to balance your cue stick behind your back.
There has been a version of where you shoot all five in the air, catch them, and put them in the side pocket withno time limit. These days now, a time limit is required for this type of trick shot. What you'll see here is shooting all five balls into the rail, fly in the air, catch them, and pocket them in the side one by one, but the deal here is it has to be done in 10 seconds! Andy and Nick had their troubles of getting the third ball in the air, but if they adjusted their angle a little bit, the thrid ball would've gone in the air. Watch to see it all happen "Quick Nick" style.
One-Handed Jump Race
This version was done by Gabi Visoui who submitted this shot for Trick Shot Magic 2014. Now, he tried to regain his lead with this shot and put Florian in between a rock and hard place, but Gabi missed the shot on both attempts and Florian stomped him when he made it on his second attempt. I advise you try this shot with both hands just for the expereience and feel of it, but I should warn you that this isn't an easy shot. But still, have fun with it.
Rendezvous Foutte #2
Nick brought out an old shot with new adjustment to it for Trick Shot Magic 2014. This one requires jumping over a wall of chalks and making it swerve around the cue butt and a cuetec tip pik to pocket the 9 ball. Andy and Nick were both successful on making the shot, but looking back at this shot made me think, hmmm... Would it be possible to re-update a shot like this and include something in it to make it more interesting, but harder? After looking back at many of these shots on my website, it is possible, but does it make it non-practicable? Keep that in mind when updating old shots into brand new ones. You want to do shots that is challenging, but enough to where you can do it again and again quite often.
Andy's Tricky Jumps
Andy Segal pulled it off on this jump shot with a breeze, but here's how it goes: 1 ball behind my back, left-handed, 2-ball, behind my back, two-handed. 3-ball one-handed, and then 4 ball behind my head, two-handed. 5 and 6, under my leg, and then 7-10 into the other corner pocket. All of this has to be done in less than 20 seconds! Do you think you can pull off a shot like this? The only tricky part here is the 1 ball shot. You have to balance out your stick before popping on the 1 to hop over, after that, then the rest comes easy as you progress on with the shot. It's a fun shot Andy Segal has created, so give him a big hand for making a jump shot like this.