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.
Glanville updated an old shot using two butt sticks and sending the first object ball to knock two more balls in while the cue ball follows it's original path. He brought it in for the 2015 UTS tournament on Long Island, and he defeated a lot of players with this shot, even me! You can tell by how the shot looks brand new again even though it has an add on to this classic, but old shot.
The first one is from Gordon Hedges who nailed at applying massive spin on the cue ball to backspin "fast and furious" towards the hanger ball. It's really all about where you placed the object and the cue ball to imagine a path going forwards and backwards when drawing. Also, have a loose grip on this shot because you want it "fast and loose" like what Steve Mizerak would say in his Miller Lite Commercial. Once you have that technique, you can do this shot with ease.
Draw & Follow
Another shot Curt Gelinas pulled out in the 2015 UTS tournament which I believe he created it himself. I'll ask him next time I see him. The cue ball draws back from the stacker ball, get into position and apply top spin for the cue ball to pocket the remaining balls. Some may say it's easy, but if you try it yourself. You'll be proving yourself wrong depending on your experience. It's like combining two trick shots and making them blend into one. When you have two simple shots, it's never a bad idea to combine them, so keep that in mind.
Massey's Massive Draw w/ Chain Reaction
On TSM 2008 in the finals, Mike Massey challenged Andy Segal to this powerful stroke shot, and you can tell by how hard it looks on video. Mike Massey missed both attempts on this shot, but Andy Segal came up and slammed the door shut. He made it without even using the pool stick guiding the cue ball to the hanger ball! It was his first time doing the shot, and he had a good day afterwards I'm sure. Since not many could do a shot like Andy did, I decided to make an easier version by adding on a chain reaction. It's cooler looking by how this shot is setup, so that's one of the reasons that this shot is featured on this page.
The Juggle Draw
This is more of a drill than a trick shot, but it can be either way. Abram Diaz did a demonstration of this same shot for all six balls. If someone were to take it up a notch, I would challenge that person to juggle draw all 6 balls without stopping the cue ball. Now that would be an impressive shot! It's great for beginners to learn the technique of positioning like for a game of 8 or 9-ball. You don't need to apply much draw, but enough to push back forward and little to the left to set yourself up for the next shot.
A regular trick shot used in the Artistic Pool Program, and one of Venom's favorites. The hard part is to have the yellow ball be pocketed into the side with the blue ball. So, have the yellow ball line up evenly with the red ball and it can be done quick and easy. Oh and don't forget to apply draw. I've used this shot back when I had my first tournament back in December 2013 at the Artistic Cup 7 in Lake City, Florida.
Now here's a hard shot folks and one for the experts. After knocking the yellow ball into the corner, the cue ball has to go around three rails before making the hanger ball near me. The key here is to have a loose grip and some top, but mostly right english. It would be better off doing this on a smaller table because 9 footers tend to me a bit much for those who can't perform it. Only certain artists I know of have done it in the past, but few and far in between. If that's the case, why am I featuring this hard shot on my website? Anyways, try this shot and see if you can master it.
Joseph's Clear The Bank
Joseph Maresca who want new to the sport earlier in 2015 introduced me a newer version of the "Clear The Bank" shot by Ralph Eckert from Germany. Instead of applying top spin on the first object ball, he applied draw on the cue ball and knock the hanger ball before the other one follows it in. It's a pretty impressive shot because I've never seen this type of shot before! Joseph maybe a skate dude, but he has the creative mind of a Rodney Mullen. I'm not kidding.
Jimmy's Over, Under & Around
This is a great shot, and one that made Glanville win the "Most Creative" Award for the 2015 UTS tournament at the Big Kahuna. The cue ball flys over the bridge and spins backwards to go underneath the butt part of the bridge to pocket the two hanger balls with the butt stick guiding it. It wowed a lot of spectator's and even his fans that were watching this shot. Congratulations to Mr. Glanville on winning "Most Creative" award! He deserved it.
Webber's Close Draw w/ Timer
Matthew Webber made a new variation of the original close draw shot by adding a row of balls as the timing part of the shot. He saw Abram Diaz did a close draw shot from a while ago, and decided to do his own version and representing WPPA (Wisconsin Pool Player Association) which he's sponsered by. What I've seen in this verison is another classic variation and one that is going to be timeless in the near future. You know what they say between me and Matthew, "Great Minds think alike."