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.
One-Handed Railroad Shot
This shot was done by my pen pal Pavel Paledno who has a knack of making new trick shots often a few years ago. This one is an easy one, but you have to make sure you have the right speed to have the cue ball stay on the tracks. It's fun for the amatuers, so have a go with it on your own pool table.
David's Quickie Jump
A shot David Li'hou created in one of his videos, but Florian Kohler used this same shot for his video, "Venom Unleashed in Vegas". In the video, it looked like Florian created the shot, but it's not. It's best to sometimes let others know that you are using a shot that was created by another player. So, if you got the balls to do this shot, and have a Dr. Popper, try out this extreme challenge I'm giving you. ;)
No Looking - Backwards Jump Shot
This shot was done by Florian Kohler who loves doing different variations of jump shots. This is one where he performs it in Germany for the video series called "Trickshot Express" on YouTube. It's a very hard jump shot, and you have to picture where the cue ball is going to go, that is, split the two balls. Check this shot out, and see if you can duplicate this shot.
Andy's Swing Timing
This is a shot Andy puts out in his shows and was developed by Nick Nikolaidis. This time, the object balls are jumped through the rack everytime it swings back and forth. This is more of the timing side to this trick shot. When it swings to the left, jump. And when it swings to the right, jump. Just keep that in mind when learning this shot.
Behind the Back - Jump Race
This is the same shot from the Artistic Pool Program, but more towards doing it behind your back! I think not many people has had the pleasure of recently coming up with new variations for this shot. That's why I carried out in making a new version of this shot because I've never seen one like this one before. If you can come up with different variations for trick shots that are already famous, you are on a role with getting your name out in the industry. Just keep that instinct until it all becomes natural for you.
This is an updated version of Steve Markle's creation because I'm using three jump cues instead of two. What even harder is you have three sets that have three balls each and you have to jump all of them over before the cue ball falls in. Markle must be impressed because no one has ever accomplished jumping that many balls in a short period of time. I just only hope that not many could duplicate the same shot I did here in an actual tounament, otherwise, I need to step up my game. ;)
This is another jump shot from the Artistic Pool Program. You launch the cue ball over the row of balls by banking off the yellow ball and it makes the hanger ball. At the same time, the yellow ball shoots for the side pocket. I've seen Dave Nangle did this shot at a UTS tournament last year in 2014, and he challenged me to duplicate it during the match, but I was lucky enough for the yellow ball to fall into the side pocket on my third attempt. It was because it hit the pocket point, and it swung back and forth between the pocket points before falling in.
Florian's Bank Hop & Jump
Florian is the original creator for pushing boundaries on trick shots like this one. Others have also followed him in his footsteps to match his creativity skills if they ever compete against him in a near future tournament. I've seen this shot from "Trick Shot Express" series on YouTube, and it needs to be featured here as a trick shot that can be combined from two simple jump shots. Florian is always on the verge of looking for ways on how to take simple shots and combine them to make new shots for the upcoming years in Artistic Pool. That's another reason Florian should be a Trick Shot Ambassador. :)
Catch Timing Shot
You may have seen this shot somewhere on my website before, but this is my version of the classic Venom shot seen on ESPN TSM 2014. I can throw the cue ball high as much as I want this time as well as jumping an object ball into the side pocket easily. Now my next challenge is to jump two balls while the cue ball is thrown in the air! Challenge will be accepted soon, Florian because it will be on video soon. Mwha ha ha ha! :P