Prop, Novelty, & Special Arts Shots
The shots here are the ones that are least likely to come up in a regular game of pool. These shots require, a rack or a bridge as a prop, shooting a moving ball (wing shots), shooting one-handed, or even speed shots that involves shooting multiple balls in a set amount of time.
Joke shots don't really require a cue stick to perform with, but specific skill is still required.
This discipline is also known as the general amusement category.
Webber's Easy Button
A shot that was recently varied by 13 year old Matthew Webber from Chicago, Il. In one of his videos, he did Andy Segal's easy button but with 8 balls for each pocket. I'm telling ya, Matthew got such great skills in just over 8 months, so it's no wonder this kid got some amazing talent! I'm guessing he's got trick shots in his blood ever since he could lay his eyes on a pool table. This shot is amazing, nonetheless, so check it out, and see if you can try it on your home table.
"A" Shot (Spreading Cues)
Pavel created this shot back when he had his 9 ft Profi Pride table in 2007. For this shot, it is possible to make, but you have to have the rack and the butt cues to have it at the exact spot to work, so you can tell from the video. Also, don't forget that you must have the butt cues have the same weight or the shot will look funky.
Tom's Chattanooga Choo Choo Shot
A classic for everyone to watch right here. Created by Tom Rossman "Dr. Cue.", the specialty of this shot is the railroad train effect using your own sticks at home. Not to forget using a wooden train whistle you can find at a local toy store for the rolling balls. Once the 9 ball goes up the tracks, it sets the train in motion to head for the tunnel which is the side pocket. It's a classic and a one of a kind shot from an old friend of mine.
A shot I've seen many years ago back in 2006. It was in Pavel Paledno's first trick shot video that got me into the sport and this is one of them. This shot is only for wooden and plastic racks that have flat sides, otherwise for Delta or other kinds, the shot would be impossible. Keep in mind, the rack needs to be evenly flat on both sides for when you position it for the object ball and executing it. Have fun with this one created by my pen pal.
Oversized Wing Shot
This is a shot Andy Segal pulled out for TSM 2014 against Nick Nikolaidis in the semi-finals. The oversize 8 ball rolls down the table and then shoot the cue ball to carom off the giant 8-ball and pocket the 8 in the corner. Andy pulled it off easily on the first attempt, but Nick couldn't figure out how to make the cue ball bounce off that huge pool ball. Thanks to Tim Chin for making the oversized 8-ball, and if you have one like it, try it out and see how easy, oh wait, sorry, how extremely difficult this shot is! Not really. :P
Pavel's Euro Shot
Pavel recently created this shot when he was out smoking one day. He came up with this idea, and indeed it worked. It was really too easy for even me to try myself, so I decided to add a gap lane for the cue ball to go through and back with very little space. I still thank Pavel for creating some amazing shots, and we are, for sure indeed, mush. Oh, don't forget, you must use only a wooden rack for this shot.
Ppooler's Railroad Rack
An easy shot Pavel created by using two racks to form a railroad for four balls. The cue ball hits the yellow ball, and the yellow ball sets off the rolling train and head for the train station which is the side pocket. Easy, but creative shot here by Mr. Ppooler. Someday, one of his shots will be mentioned on ESPN TSM possibly. I think this one should be a closing shot for if you are doing a trick shot show, so watch the shot to see what I mean.
Break Shoe Shot
A near impossible but creative shot by Ppooler. The 8 ball flys into the boot and it would still count if it falls off and the 8-ball would still be in. For this shot, I used my boot I was wearing when performing it on camera. It's a cool-looking shot, so check it out!
Ppooler's Bridge Escape
This shot may be possible if you use the right bridge for this shot. But like what Pavel said, "It's a funny way to exploit the bridge and making the shot using it." It really is. It's all about how hard you hit the bridge to make the cue ball fly over and hit the blocker ball out of the way to make the hanging ball. I suggest trying it out to see if it's possbile for you to make. If not, don't go for it. This is just for fun to show off with friends. In the second vid, I accidentally made the cue ball fly over and bounced it's way to the corner pocket. It made the shot even more funny for me.
A quick fun little shot, Pavel created back in 2006. He made the 8-ball roll down the bridge, jump off the pocket point and fly into the center hole of the rack. It can be trying at times, but what I reccomend is scooting the bridge end about half chalk width away from the rail so you can get the 8-ball flying. Also, you must figure out how much power to get that 8-ball flying as well. Now that the 8-ball is in, you are ready to play pool!