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.
The Snake Jump
The trick shot is called Snake Jump by Andy Segal, but the shot was already created by somebody else. For that matter, I remember this shot from one of Ppooler's 6ft table trick shot videos where he had the same set up like this shot, but with a small wall of blocker balls near the hanger ball. It had a small gap between the rail and the row of balls, which is a much harder version than this variation. Give this one a try.
Fork In The Road
This shot was recently variated by Dave Nangle some years ago. Although, it requires you to hold four jump cues, it's one that will test your skills in handling four cues before you are comfortable making this shot. All of what is on the table should make the shot easy for you unless you don't know how to jump four balls at the same time. I suggest doing two instead of four just to start off with instead. If you are comfortable with two and find it too easy afterwards, upgrade to three, and hopefully to four if you can learn quick. :)
Florian's Catch & Release Speed Shot
In Venom Trickshots II, Florian did this same exact shot which happens to be his own creation. Why I gave it a name like that for a shot? W'ell the 8 ball is a catch & release kind of shot Bruce Barthelette created for the 2013 WCOTS back then. I even seen Matthew Webber did this same shot on video, and I think that I'm not the youngest anymore doing shots that Florian created in the past. We may never know if a kid can match the same level of skills you have in trick shooting, but he or she will have to wait until they are old enough to compete in ranked tournaments. That's the downside to it. We won't know until they compete in tournaments. But I can guarantee that they will be great future champions.
Gordon Hedges created this awesome trick shot a few years back in 2009. It's more of a sequence kind of shot where you have three task to complete this shot. A. Swipe the coin wrappers away. B. Jump the cue ball to split the balls. C. Chopstick slap the two blocker balls in between where they will be pocketed in the side pockets. That's all there is. Gordon Hedges is creative here and there at times, but this is one where he's at his most creative side for trick shots.
Just Showing Off w/ Need for Speed
Jimmy Glanville created this two part trickshot for a UTS tournament on Long Island, NY. In between the two shots, you have to switch from the playing cue to a jump cue as quick as you can. The upside to this trick shot is the last ball has to be jumped before the cue ball hits the hanger ball near the corner. If the last jumped object ball goes in, the shot is still good. This is a nifty add on to the classic Steve Mizerak shot by Mr. Glsnville.
Jump Passing Lane + One
This is the original great race shot from the Artistic Pool Program, but with a hanger ball in the way. Ppooler can nail this shot with ease, and maybe others who might use it for a show, but it's an old shot, so I don't think I'll be seeing anybody use this shot for a few years. If shots are old as they are, give them some new life to it by updating it with a new twist no one has seen before. That's why this shot needs an update soon in the near future.
Matthew's 3 Rail Speed Shot w/ Catch & Release
Matthew Webber created this nifty speed shot on his own. By how he performed it, he made it look so easy and it pursued me to learn this shot as well. It's one that may look like a Venom trick shot, but created by a 13 year old from California! I don't know how we had such a young lad with amazing skills for near impossible shots, but we are hoping to see if this fellow can make it to the top 10 for trick shots in the near future. He taught me a trick shot today, and it felt like he was the teacher and I was the student on this one because it was so difficult to learn. JK. It's not super hard to perform. Great job, Matthew "The Stinger" Webber, and welcome to Artistic Pool!
Nick's 9 in 1
It's a jump drill that Nick used for Pool and Billiard Magazine September 2008 issue. He pockets 15 balls, but he doesn't have room for all of the balls which is why he had an assisstant help him make more room for the remaining balls. Here, I only did 9 balls because that's about as much room as I can for one pocket. Hope you like this shot.
Tom's Squeeze Jump
Tom Rossman submitted this haaaarrd jump shot for TSM 2010, but we've never got a chance to see how the shot goes until now. Just to let you know the cue ball is frozen in between the balls, and you must not touch another object ball while jumping the cue ball out. This requires a Popper jump cue or a Marty Carey Jump Q for this shot. It's one of my favorite and curious looking shots that is created by the retire Tom Rossman "Dr. Cue". Be careful not to hit glass.
The Venom Jump
I've seen this shot from Venom Trickshots II and probably you may have as well, but this is one he submitted to ESPN Trick Shot Magic back in 2010. The cue ball and the object ball must be at least 1 bal width maximum, and you need to jump them both at the same time. If you can hold two jump cues then you can possibly do a shot like this one. A similar one I've seen was from the Venom DVD where he jumped two balls out of the rack, and one went three rails to pocket the hanger ball. In this case, this is the easier version. One of my favorites from my friend, Florian.