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.

Quick "W"

 

Nick Nikolaidis created this shot a few years ago, but it wasn't until he presented it on TV for ESPN WCOTS 2013. You stroke a cue ball around the blocker ball and bank off the rail to hit the rack and the rack will guide the cue ball to the object ball to be pocketed. The goal here is to stroke both cue balls before an object ball is made. It's quite a toughy, but it's look pretty when it's in motion. People like Gordon Hedges and Abram Diaz love this shot so much that it became a part of their favorite trick shot list. I second that for my list as well. :)

 

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Long Distance Curve

 

The first time I've seen this old school shot was summer of 2007 when Pavel did a shot like this in one of his videos. The song was Cats in the Cradle by Ugly Kid Joe, and the song fitted pretty well with his promo video. The song even parallels with his skills in trick shots because he developed this interest all on his own, and I believe he told me that his parents never did any trick shots nor had any skills to be a trick shot artist. The same goes for me where I developed it on my own with some help from Pavel. Anyhow, the cue ball curves around the object ball and pockets the 3 ball. In some cases, based on the way the cue ball curves, people sometimes call it "The Banana" shot.

 

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Close Draw Drag

 

Tim Chin made a video like this on his website, but World Cup of Trick Shots 2013 is what encouraged me to make a video of the same shot. Both Gabi and Steve couldn't even come close to the hanger ball that was dropped earlier from the other ball. I know how difficult it is to do this shot, it just requires a good stroke about 5:30 to make it swing two rails and pocket the hanger ball. Sometimes, the shot counts if you get the cue ball into the 2 X 2 diamond zone.

 

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David Li'hou's Stroke Shot

 

I saw this shot somewhere on Artistic Pool Players on FaceBook where David Li'hou, a fellow trickshot artist who made a quick demonstration on how to stroke the cue ball around the row of balls near the corner pocket. It's such a beautiful and interesting shot that I just had to put it up online here. So all credit for this shot goes to David Li'hou who created this hard but beautiful shot.

 

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Alternate Stroke

 

In World Cup of Trick Shots 2013. Team USA did a group shot where they stroke a spinning ball into the side pocket and they all take turns to keep each object ball spinning until Andy spins the final ball and makes the other spinning ball into the side. The shot must be done with the object balls spinning (no stopping) and must not hit a rail. My version is the same as in the competition except I go back and forth to keep the object balls spinning.

 

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Long Rail Squeeze

 

Bruce Barthelette did a simple parlor trick where the cue tip squeezes into the cue ball and propels it down the long rail to make the combo. It was from WCOTS 2013, and both teams made it with ease. People have asked me, "Is there some sort of trick to it?" I would say, no. Simply because it's a shot your mom can do. So, don't bring up shots your mom can do because it's way too easy, LOL.

 

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Stacker Ball Follow

 

Most trickshot artists have videos of making the object ball on the left or right and arcs around to make the other object ball into the same corner pocket. This, I think is the first one to have a stacker ball to be a part of this demonstration. When the stacker ball is made, the object ball will drop down and the cue ball arcs into the object ball and pockets it in. This is more to my taste because of the stacker ball being involved.

 

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Extreme Stroke 1 & 2

 

This is one of Pavel's creations from his 9 footer days back in 2007. The cue ball is placed near the side pocket and the object ball is about half a chalk width away from the cue ball. Also, the second object ball is hanging by the corner pocket. For a hard shot like this, the cue ball can also hit the rack so it can make its way to the object ball easily. In the second video, it's the same demonstration from before, and it goes around an object ball this time.

 

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Abram's SK shot

 

Abram Diaz created this small but skilled trick shot on Facebook back earlier this year. It's like the close draw shot from the book program, but it requires a bit more whip to the side in order to go around the object ball. If you want to see how he does it, look it here on this link: Abram Diaz's SK Shot.

 

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Tray Rebound *

 

In 2009, Andy Segal created this particular shot along with others that may not be needed - yet. He used it for the first time for the 2013 Masters Trick Shot Championship at Shooter's Billiards which I missed back in March. If I haven't gone to the tournament, I would've seen shots like this and a whole bunch of other shots that I may not have seen before. Good thing I went to the Ultimate Trick Shot Tour 2013 to see what more Andy has in his magic bag for his fellows as well as other artists. That way, I can take notes on new shots trickshot artists create and put them up here on my site, but I won't forget to give them credit after they put such hard work into each shot they create to enchance the sport culture.

 

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* Shots that are featured in "Andy Segal's Cue Magic" book at andysegal.com