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.
Abram's Power Draw
Abram's signature and possibly one that made him famous for his impressive stroke. For the shot, "Power Draw" this is the best example for Abram's god-like stroke skills. He draws into the yellow ball and made the cue ball spin back like a speed demon to the hanger ball near where the cue ball was placed. It's such an impressive stroke shot that I didn't even used a kamui tip for this shot! This is by far an impressive stroke shot by Mr. "Too Tall" and that is why I featured this shot on my website. :) Thanks, Abram!
This one is from a clip of "Dude Perfect" Pool Trick Shot video on YouTube. It's a neat draw shot that even amazes me sometimes on how he draws back that much to go around the table and make the 9-ball. The trick here is to have the cue ball hit the edge of the rail near the stacker ball and apply right english to give the cue ball full throttle and go around the table. It's impressive which is why this one is also on my website. Give it a try to upgrade your skills with trick shots.
Andy's Reverse Stroke
Andy said, "How about this shot, Will?" I looked, and I watched, and I think I've seen Florian did this shot before on video. It's like doing a whip stroke shot, but having the cue ball to pocket the hanging ball by the side pocket. It's a pretty impressive shot, but be sure not to let anyone fool you into thinking it's they're shot they've created when you might have seen this shot years ago. Have fun with this one!
When I was watching the news about our UTS tournament on Long Island, I happened to see Paul's impressive stroke shot used as news footage about the tournament and Andy Segal running the event. I got intrigued by this one, and I had to learn this one immediately. The hard part of this shot is when you shoot the cue ball three rails, you have to time the cue ball perfectly to pocket the 9-ball on the spot. It's a new fan favorite from Mr. Paul "Book em" Danno and he created this shot as well!
Curt's Rail Draw
Curt Gelina's pulled this shot out for the UTS match against me. It's like the Rail Draw shot from the program except the yellow ball is frozen to the short rail. Same as always still, the cue ball draws back, hits the short rail, and zooms towards the orange ball. We both couldn't make the shot because of our failure of adjusting on all three attempts. Great shot, Curt, but you just need to practice more often to advance into the semi-finals.
Abram's Close Draw Gate
Abram Diaz had a version with two blocker balls for the cue ball to curve around, but maybe film that another day. Now why is it his creation? Because he added a rolling stick for the cue ball to through the gate and pocket the hanger ball. It's a favorite of mine and by watching this clip, you can tell why it is.
Curve Ball is an old shot with a twist. You curve the cue ball to not just pocket the hanger ball but to get around a huge wall which requires a big curve to make this shot possible. It's been around for many years, so this is why it needs an update for the 21st century.
Mother's Day Shot
Abram Diaz made an add-on for this shot and made it for his mom on mother's day a couple years ago. It's really a very impressive trick shot, but some may have a hard time with being quick on stroking the cue ball around the blocker ball and spin back to pocket the moving object ball near the pocket. That part of the shot determines if it's a hit or a miss because of how accurate you have to get that cue ball to knock the orange ball in. Happy Mother's Day!
This here is a great classic trick shot that every trick shot artist must perform once in their lifetime. The awesome thing was I never even had to use a butt stick to make all three balls! From what I remember, I didn't had the stroke to have the cue ball go out that far and spin back as a teenager, now, I can have it spin back no matter how far it goes out to the short rail. Hey, the bigger the better which makes this shot look impressive on film. Try this shot please? If you don't, I will have to force you to set it up and do it until you can pocket the hanger ball on the other side of the table.
Venom's Resistance Draw
Florian did an extreme version of the same shot from the last shot up top, and boy is it impressive. The cue ball shoots down towards the cue stick to pocket two balls, and then it slides down the long rail to finally pocket the 9-ball. It's a shot Florian created back before he was even a pro in trick shots, and he had such creativity at such a young age. He created more shots than anyone I know before he even turned 21! Just watch the shot, because a picture is worth 1,000 words for this amazing shot.