Stroke, Draw & Follow Shots
Stroke shots, in particular, require good technique and control. It's where the cue ball is close to or even frozen to an object ball. Speed control and accuracy position shots would also be categorized in this discipline.
Draw shots require the cue ball to be hit below center giving it backspin, so when it hits an object ball, it will draw back along its inital path.
Follow shots are the opposite of draw, the cue ball is struck above center giving it top spin, so it continues along its initial path after it hits an object ball.
Florian's Drawback & Jump
This shot is from the Venom Trickshot DVD where the cue ball is drawn back so it could get into position for the jump through the rack and make the hanger ball. This is more of a two shots in one as w'ell and you must have a good draw stroke for the cue ball to draw back enough for the jump. This is another one of his shots he's submitted for the 2010 TSM tournament. It's an interesting concept, and one I'm sure will be timeless as the years pass. Tale as old as time.
Jimmy's Follow Bender Shot
Jimmy Glanville challenged Gordon Hedges to this tricky follow shot, but I've seen Florian did a shot like this a couple years ago. This type of shot may be easy on a 7ft. diamond table, but it's a little more difficult to execute on a 9ft table. It's a great looking old school shot that has a new look to it as well.
Joseph's Close Half Draw
A new player name Joseph Shaggy Maresca from the UTS tournament introduce to me a harder version of the Close Draw shot. Instead of being by the corner pocket like in the program, but it's hanging by that pocket instead. We both couldn't do the shot, but I instantly figured out how to do the shot a few minutes later. It's like giving a half stroke to have it curve around the blocker ball partly. He was new to the sport, but he won the Sportsmanship Award for being a great starter for trick shots, but not because he was the only amatuer pool player who didn't got one yet.
Try this little nifty stroke shot. It's one that I believe Dave "Triple Jump" Nangle created back a few years ago, but I'm a bit surprised this shot hasn't made to the Artistic Pool Program, yet. The gap may be a bit of a tight squeeze for the cue ball, but it creates amazing results for the viewers to see the cue ball made it out alive, and pocket the stacker ball. Great shot, Dave.
Gabi's Rail Draw
This shot has been around for many years in the Artistic Pool sport, but Gabi has submitted this shot many times before, but his version is the one you are about to see in this video right here. There are two plastic glasses that have a gap between the second diamond, and near the edge of the pocket point of the side. It's not small, but it's enough for an expert to make this shot easily. It's a fun shot to do, so learn as much as you can from this one.
Nick's Long Draw
One of Nick Nikolaidis shot submissions for Trick Shot Magic, and is obviously used in WPA Artistic Pool tournaments a couple years ago. You have the option of hitting the long rail or not, but I did just to show how much power you need to draw the cue ball back to make the hanger ball. You can also put the combination on the long rail to make it easier for yourself. It's a ten point shot in the Artistic Pool program, and it reccommended to practice every so often if you are competing.
Karate Chop Extreme
One of Dave Nangle's submissions for Trick Shot Magic 2010, but all I can say is this shot realy hurt my hand a lot! You have to karate chop the cue ball as hard as you can, and have it bounce off the rail to set off the chain reaction. In Dave's diagram of the shot, the rack is parallel with the pocket point that is pass the side pocket, and only have three chain reaction balls. Since I don't have that good of a karate chop, I can only have the cue ball go that far to set off the reaction. I say I had enough of that shot because it gave me blisters that day.
This shot was used in many Artistic Pool tournaments, and also in freestyle tournaments. You must have a stacker ball from a trick shot friend to make this shot possible. If you angle slightly on the cue ball to draw back, it'll be possible to make both balls in and make the hanging balls by the delta racks. I reccomend to have a combination by the opposite corner pocket just for a start if you're new to this.
Massey's Power Stroke
A shot that I seen in Bryne's Treasury of Trick Shots. It's a power stroke shot Mike Massey created years ago, and has been considered one of the hardest stroke shots on the planet, but I beg to differ. It's really all about the stroke in your arms, and this requires good arm strength. Not only that, it also requires the three balls aligned properly. If you need a diagram of the shot on how it's set-up, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks. Have fun with this shot.