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Masse Shots

Masse shots are ones where the cue ball is loaded up with lots of spin, deviates from its obvious straight line path and curves on its own without hitting a rail or an object ball. This includes pique shots which are very similar to masse shots, but the cue ball come backs against the directional stroke.
Masse-Jump shots are where the cue ball jumps over an obstruction and makes a curve around the object balls or other props on the table.

The Hustler Stack Masse


For this version, which was performed by Andy and Gabi from Trick Shot Magic 2013, the 8-ball is stacked on top of the 3-ball. You hit it in, the 8-ball falls down, and the cue ball curves back to knock it in. This is my favorite version of the Hustler Masse because of how it looks when its performed.


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Dipsy Doodle Masse


This trick shot here was created by Stefano Pelinga, but was used in ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2013. The cue ball masses into the 1 ball and then hits the rail and curves around the 5 ball to pocket the 8 ball. It's possible to make it around two, but for right now, let's live with just the one ball. It's pretty enough of a shot wouldn't you say?


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Pique Slide


One of Pavel "Ppooler" Paledno's creations right here, but I added on another slide at the other side of the table. I masse the cue ball back with enough juice to hop over two racks and then...we'll just watch the clip. A picture is worth a thousand words right?


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Up The Ramp


This is a very difficult Masse shot, but a classic one. My version (and favorite one) is to run the cue ball up the ramp and fall off to make the 8-ball. Others, like Tim Chin, have a similar setup where the cue ball hits the object ball at the top of the ramp and fall off to roll into the corner pocket.


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Double Passing Lane


Right here is another Ppooler creation. He added another object ball to the original Passing Lane shot, it's still the same premise, but with two object balls following the cue ball in. For beginners, I reccomend using a rack by the corner ocket to help guide the balls in. It's possible to make it on TV, but we will see if it can be used.


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Ppooler Masse


This one was also created by Pavel Paledno. He found inspiration for this shot just from watching 3 Cushion Billiards. Watch the video, and see his creation come to life. From watching 3 Cushion Billiards, you can duplicate and master most of them on any kind of pool table no matter what size if you got skills (The More You Know).


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Rail Masse


I've seen Eric Yow perform this shot somtime back in 2006, but I think Pavel came up with this shot at first, on one of his old trick shot videos where he did it on a 6ft table! Here the shot is not so easy, but not too hard to execute.


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Timing Masse


Here's one shot Gabi Visoiu pulled off just by a hair at the World Cup of Trick Shots 2013. The reason why by a hair was he hit the top pointer of the rack after he masse the cue ball. Surprisingly, the cue ball made it around and pocketed the 5 ball. Here, I made a complete swoop around the rack while the 5 ball was guided to the pocket.


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Masse Jump Combo


Okay this is a special one Pavel created back in 2006. He had a combination of 9 balls frozen to the long rail, and he masses the cue ball out of the rack and curves back to make the combo. This is a very difficult shot and requires lots of skills on trying to make the cue ball hit the 1 ball. Try it, I guarantee that you will have a tough time with this.


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Yow's Russian Masse Jump


Eric Yow performed this while he was in Russia. I masse the cue ball out of the rack and make it hit the cue stick to make the 14 ball and finally spin back to make the 15 ball. It's a very fancy shot, and I reccomend that you try this one. It's certainly a crowd pleaser one right here.


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* Shots that are featured in "Andy Segal's Cue Magic" book at

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