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 Extreme Stroke
This shot was one of Florian's ESPN submissions back in 2010. It requires silicone for the cue ball to make it around the blocker ball to pocket the hanger. The one ball went in by accident, so the one ball doesn't really matter if it's pocketed or not. This is one of my favorites from the "flying french man" and it's a very difficult shot to execute.
The Sneaky Draw Shot
Another creation by Stefano Pelinga. The tricky part of this shot is to have it draw back straight into the hanger ball near the side pocket. It's important to draw the cue stick further down for the cue ball to come back straight for the hanger. I know it's complicated, but try that technique and I'm sure you'll get it down.
Power Draw w/ Jump
Dave Nangle submitted this shot for ESPN back in 2010, and this is the harder version of the Power Draw shot executed by the people who can draw a cue ball long. The harder part is jumping through the rack with your playing cue while the cue ball is moving in the impact zone. It's hard and silicone would be your best friend on this shot.
This was a trick shot submitted by Team USA for the World Cup of Trick Shots in 2011. Tim Chin did a demonstration on how to do it on his website, but this is a long rail version of the same shot from his website, and drawing two cue balls at the same time is really tough. If you want to learn how to do this shot, go to Tim Chin's website at trickshottim.com. ;)
Squeeze and Double Kiss
One of Stefano Pelinga's favorite trick shots. This is where you squeeze the 1 ball around the 9 ball while frozen to the cue ball. Instead, something happened while the shot was in motion. The cue ball kissed the one ball in after it struck the short rail. Talk about a new variation by accident. Now, both the cue ball and the one ball are also 1 ball away from the rail which makes it very difficult to not hit the blocker ball while sliding the one ball into the corner.
Top Draw Challenge
This shot is one done by Abram Diaz from his YouTube channel. The key here is to masse the cue ball frozen to the rail and have it draw back to kiss off the short rail for the shot to be good. Use an open bridge and good stroke and the cue ball will be able to draw back easily.
One of Tom Rossman's shots he used on ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2009 against Eric Yow. Unfortunately, he was unable to make the shot and so did Eric Yow. The key to this shot here is to not overshoot the one ball off the Elite rack and enough power for the cue ball to draw back and hit the rack to send the two ball in the oppsoite side pocket. Use a jump cue because it's way easier to execute the shot when compared to a normal cue.
Follow and Jump
A partner trick shot from Team Europe for the 2011 World Cup of Trick Shots. It was never used due to how difficult the shot really is. The first part was a circular follow around the blocker ball and that object ball goes 4 rails for the second player to jump the object ball over the butt stick and be pocketed. This shot is done all by me except for the first trick shot part where I got rid of the blocker ball for the cue ball to curve around. It's repeatable, so I reccomend you try this shot and see for yourself.
Nick's Stroke Challenge
One of Nick's trick shot submissions for ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2010. The cue ball strokes into the one ball and is pocketed in the corner without touching the rack. The cue ball then contacts the long rail and comes back to pocket the hanger ball. Also, the cue ball must not touch the rack at all or the shot is no good even if you made the hanger. A good challenge from one of the veterans of the Artistic Pool sport.
Florian's Power Stroke Behind the Back
Florian's classic stroke shot, but behind the back. It's very possible to do this trick shot because once you got the just of the shot, doing it behind the back isn't as hard as you think it is. First get comfortable with the shot the regular way and then later move on to doing it behind the back afterwards.