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.
Steve Markle did a trick shot in his viral video where he pockets 11 balls in the corner before the cue ball feel in while slow rolling. I did mine in a similar way, but it's almost as good as it get's because I can only pocket like 10 balls into the corner before the cue ball. I can say this is my own variation, but I didn't created this one. It's a hard shot if you don't have the technique for it.
Bruce Barthlette Jump
Bruce "The Big Guy" Barthlette made this shot for the World Cup of Trick Shots 2006 from what I remember. However, I first saw this from my pen pal from Czech Republic, Pavel Paledno back in September 2007. It would require using only a cue shaft, but for today's tournaments, it's consider illegal to use and must use a full jump cue. Florian uses a cue shaft for his shows all the time, but in official and ranked tournaments, it's no longer legal. Remember that.
Escape Jump Railroad
One of my first trickshots I've seen back in 2002 when Mike Massey pulled it off on TSM at the ESPN Zone. It's like the normal escape jump and you have to have the exact speed to fly over and go up the railroad otherwise the cue ball will derail off the tracks. This was the first of many I've seen when I was ten years old, and one that inspired me to be into the nature of the sport.
Knock Off & Hop Over
This shot is not new, and I've seen Nick use this shot for a Pool and Billiard Magazine back in August 2010. The cue ball is stacked on top of the stacker ball, and your goal is to knock it off, and hop over backwards to pocket the hanger ball. It was a bit of a no-brainer so I decided to add another row of balls in the next clip to make it more outstanding. This is a favorite in my top 10 jump shots, and maybe for you as well.
A shot Nick Nikolaidis used in the June 2010 issue of Pool & Billiard Magazine. It may look simple but don't be fooled by it. Sometimes, even the most simplest of shots by how the balls are set up can leave the trick shooters clueless on why they can't do it in the first place. Just try it for yourself and see if it's your cup of tea or not.
1 MM Jump
Eric Yow created this tiny, but difficult shot in 2006. It's exactly 1 MM like in the video, and all sorts of jump cues can be acquired for this jump shot. I use to use my cuetec jump cue like Ppooler in the past, but now the "Dr. Popper" jump cue let me have more successful attempts at this shot than my cuetec jump cue. So, as of now as we speak, I use the Popper jump cue for shots like these more often. Whenever you are comfortable with a shot with what cue stick you use, you should use that same cue so you can get more successful attempts at it. "The More You Know!"
Moving Jump Shot
This shot has been around for the older trick shot programs and has even been featured on Trick Shot Magic 2008. Eric Yow created this shot, and it's not so difficult of a shot these days because us trick shooters have improved so much on our techniques over the years. So that why shot back then weren't so difficult, but if we did those back in the old days, it would be as difficult as the new shots we've created in the past couple of years. Try it out and see what I mean.
Sequence Timing Jump
This is a shot Andy Segal used for a show in Columbia last fall in 2014. He used whatever variations that other players have created in the past, and put it all together in one trick shot. There is no time limit for this shot, but you have to make each shot as long as you are comfortable with each one. This is a great shot to wow your fans with if they are interested in trick shots. As long as you are comfortable in changing positions, you can speed it up and add a time limit to your own pace. Great shot, and one you learn to perform.
Dave's Triple Triple Jump
Dave Nangle was practicing for the 2009 Trick Shot Challenge and recorded himself doing a trick shot he invented, but shooting three rows of three balls in a row! He shoot one set at a time and made them all in a sequence where the next row of balls must be hit before the previous balls are pocketed in the corner. It's a pretty impressive shot, and one that Dave Nangle created himself. Hands down to this fellow for creating another classic trick shot to conquer in future tournaments.