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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.

Masse Jump - Behind The Head


I've seen Pavel one time did a quick demonstration video of this shot, but took it down for some odd reason. So, I had to film it before I lose my memory of this one. It's a quick one, but you have to have a shorter masse cue than like say, Eric Yow Masse Cue to get the ball to jump that high. The shorter, the better. Florian created this version as well, kudos to him.


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Double Wall Masse


Ben Zeman was the person whom I saw did this same shot, but I know the person who created this shot was, of course, Florian Kohler. It's obvious that Florian invented the Double Cue Masse category ever since 2011 in one of his trick shot videos on his YouTube channel. He even invented the triple and quadruple masse category! This is crazy for a guy that young to invent and perform these difficult shots, but now I'm thinking. What about if he try holding three masse cues and masse three cue balls. Now that's a new challenge for him. So, enjoy what Florian changed in Artistic Pool forever.


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The Old Tricky Triangle's Backspin Staircase Tumble Shot


I've seen this shot on a news interview of Jamey Gray on Fox 61 Morning News. The news reporter called it the same name as mentioned in the title. Now that's a long name for a trick shot and is up there with, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"! Funny how I can literally spell that name out while typing. No, just kidding, I just have a good memory. Watch this shot because the title says it all.


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Resistance Masse


I've recently played this same shot in front of Curt Gelinas during the UTS 2015 tournament on Long Island. Curt Gelinas may be an amatuer pool player, but he once told me during the tournament at the Big Kahuna that he created about 100 or so trick shots in his books, and I said, "Really?" This kid has got the heart and spirit for trick shots, but he's going to find that drive soon in the near future. We both missed the shot during the match, but it's makable no doubt.


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Masse Jump - Behind The Back


Now this is the same shot, but doing it all behind my back! I created this one, but Florian said that he created this one already. So now we are on a fight between us to see who created this shot, and I haven't seen a version of this on any of his YouTube videos. For once, Florian. Let me have some credit. :) It doesn't matter really. I mean he created over 1,000 new trick shots, and I only want to create one he hasn't mentioned yet. I know he can do the shot as well, but just to understand. We are close friends, not enemies.


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Webber's Hustler Masse


Another shot created by my good friend, Matthew Webber. His was more of knocking an object ball and spin back to make the 3 ball. Now it maybe easy, but there's a possibility that a running masse would be involved here. I can try, but chances are that somebody else may have created it already. You got to be quick on your toes when it comes to possiblilities for newer versions. As soon as you envision it, immediately try it out, and get it on video. Not only that, use it in tournaments to get your name out! That's the key here for creating new shots.


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Webber's Double Resistance Masse


Matthew "The Stinger" Webber, 13 years old created this cool-looking masse shot. He's really starting out strong since he just started 9 months ago! He's been posting videos of him on Facebook doing some of the shots done by the top pros, and some that he has seen on ESPN. The thing that matters now, can he do these shots in a tournament? It may be awesome to see how great he can do these shots, but he needs to compete in order to prove himself unstoppable and that his shots aren't fake. This one isn't because it's possible and has a high percentage of making it. Great job, Matthew!


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The Big Arc Masse


Florian has used this shot many times and in many variations. The best example I could think of is the one where he does this same shot, but blindfolded! For what I know is is that this shot is probably one of the most impressive I've seen because of how far the cue ball goes and curves to the other side and pockets the hanging ball. If Florian can do a shot like this, then so can I.


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Zeman's Double Rainbow Masse


Ben Zeman who started out in the ASISCA tournament back in 2015 in St. Charles, recently made a video of this shot, but I'm giving him credit for this shot because he deserves it. I'm not calling it Double Rainbow because of this video, but he does make a simple shot 10 times better than having just one cue ball. Florian deserves the credit for creating the concept of it, but Ben was the one I've seen perform it on video.


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