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.
A shot that Jamey Gray used in the 2014 UTS tournament. The shot requires the cue ball to curve around a non-standard prop and pocket a hanger ball that was knocked off a coin wrapper. This shot is really one of the most difficult ones I've seen. I reccomend you do this without the giant 8-ball so you can feel comfortable with your stroke and build up your power stroke throughout the years until you are able to make the cue ball curve around objects on the table. It's a great looking shot, but a difficult one.
Florian Kohler, I believed, created this new variation. The cue ball flies off the chalk and then rolls towards the two balls. The cue ball is struck into the two balls causing them to split and the cue ball comes back to make the hanger balls by the corner pockets. Not enough speed coming back to hit the cue stick can cost you. Be sure to have enough draw and it should be no problem for you. ;)
Florian's Mini Power Stroke
This is a mini version of Florian's power stroke shot. You might have to learn it the normal way because what if you are not good doing it behind the back. This is a great shot to learn before doing it table length down the long rail. In some cases, you might be better off doing it off the short rail instead of the long rail because you'll have a better percentage rate. Try this shot out to see what I mean. If you have any trouble with this shot, contact me at .
One of Gabi Visoiu's trick shots he uses in trick shot competitions. It's very much like a shorter version of the same shot where you have the cue ball go around a row of balls and go from one side of the table to the next to pocket the hanger ball. You have to have the one ball bank away from the cue ball or the trick shot would not work for you. It's also possible to go around 2 balls instead of one, but just try with one blocker ball first, and then add another if it gets too easy for you afterwards.
Florian's Close Draw
The shot both Andy and Florian Kohler missed on ESPN Trick Shot Magic in 2015. I think they were standing behind the table and that could've been the reason they missed the shot. Click the video to see how the shot is done. It's cool, it's crazy, and it's fun to watch it in action.
Juggle Draw (Version 2)
This is a new version Andy Segal created for ESPN TSM in 2015. Regular, and then opposite handed, and then one-handed jacked up. It's a great new addition to his library of artistic pool, so check this shot out. ;)
This is one of Mike Dechaine's trick shots he used in World Cup of Trick Shots one time. He plays 9-ball tournaments now and doesn't do artistic pool anymore at this point. This is a shot that tests your skills in pool and you have to draw back a little to pocket the hanger ball near the butt stick. It was one of Gabi's shots he submitted for Trick Shot Magic last year, but didn't picked because he told me that it's one of those low percentage shot if you can't shoot straight. If you can shoot straight, it can be easy for you, just remember to draw a little bit to do te second part of the shot.
One of Abram Diaz's favorite shots and uses them in his shows. The rack is there in case if the cue ball can't reach the hanger ball. This is one of those pure stroke shots people test their skills to see how much stroke they can put in a cue ball. Apprantly, I can make the cue ball around, but hopefully, I can improve on making the cue ball make the hanger in the near future.
Three Rail Squeeze
A shot that Tim Chin has seen from a video where Chao Fong Pang did this shot, but without the draw. Tim added the draw in, and it became a new trick shot variation. This shot can be done very easily if you get the aiming right. I'd suggest you go to Tim Chin's website to see how the shot is setup right. After I learned how to set it up, I did it on the first attempt like in this video here. That was the first attempt. A cool looking shot, and one I might be interested in using for free style trickshot tournaments in the near future.
A trick shot I've never tried on a 9ft table, and a classic one. The cue ball is struck to hit the one ball and curve around the eight ball to make the hanger in the corner pocket. I've made it several times, and I'm thinking about using that shot for the next free style tournament. What do you guys think? It's a pretty cool looking shot, and this was done using silicone spray. One of my favorite shots, and one of the more difficult shots to try on any pool table.