Pool and Billiard Trick Shots
Artistic Pool and Trick Shots
This lens is a collection of trick shot links and resources along with commentary and observations about trick shots, pool, billiards, and snooker in general. Included are upcoming tournaments, trick shot videos, and tutorial links.
If you're a beginner, you can get started right away with some simple but head-turning tricks. If you're more experienced, you can expand your repertoire with a huge library of shots. When you think you're ready, consider competing in trick shot tournaments.
Introduction to Trick Shots
What are trick shots? What is artistic pool?
Trick shots (or artistic pool) are a challenging and entertaining discipline of pool, billiards, and snooker. Often, the balls do unexpected things like travel in near circles or make hard turns, or many balls are sunk in one shot. Trick shots also utilize props to give the shot an aesthetic appeal or add difficulty to a shot.
There are two aspects to trick shots: the setup and the execution. The overall difficulty level of a shot is a combination of these. It is easier for a pool novice to concentrate on the easy execution shots, even if the setup is more difficult. This just takes patience and precision in setting up the shot. A more advanced pool player will have the skills necessary to execute some of the more difficult shots, adding spin to the ball or making it jump in the air.
Trick shots are broadly classed into two categories: artistic shots and skill shots. Artistic shots are those where the setup is more critical and multiple balls go into the pockets. Skill shots are those where the execution is more critical and certain spins must be added to the balls. Trick shots are further divided up into 8 disciplines for sanctioned tournaments -- trick and fancy, prop/novelty, draw, follow, bank/kick, stroke, jump, and masse.
Top Trick Shot Artists
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Trick Shot Resources - The must-have trick shots book for every beginner
This book is a fantastic resource written by perhaps the most famous face in trick shots. It diagrams and details around 170 shots, from the very easy to the very difficult, including finger pool, along with giving some fundamental instructions for understanding trick shots and tips on giving exhibitions. If you're serious about trick shots, you need to have this book!
2010 Masters Champion
Nick Nikolaidis wins the Masters for the 2nd time!
Upcoming Trick Shot Tournaments
If you can, check out these trick shot tournaments in person
- 2011 World Artistic Pool Championships March 10-13, 2011, Valley Forge, PA.
- Past APTSA tournament results can be found here.
- Tour Stop #3 May 28, 2011, Shooter's Billiards, Gardner, MA. $1000 added!
- No upcoming tournaments scheduled.
- No upcoming tournaments scheduled.
2008 Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup
Commentary on Past Trick Shot Tournaments - Find out what happened at these trick shot tournaments
- 2009 Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup III
Summary and results from the Artistic Cup III.
- 2009 World Cup of Trick Shots
Results and recap from the 2009 World Cup of Trick Shots featuring Andy Segal, Bruce Barthelette, Tom Rossman, Mike Massey, Stefano Pelinga, Nick Nikolaidis, Luke Szywala, Ralph Eckert.
- 2009 Ultimate Trick Shot Challenge
Recap of the 2009 Ultimate Trick Shot Challenge that took place Aug 18 - 21, 2009 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
- 2008 Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup II
Not so much a commentary as full results from the competition.
- 2008 Trick Shot Magic
Inside Pool presents this summary of 2008 Trick Shot Magic.
- 2008 Comet Billiards Classic
Took place at Comet Billiards, Parsippany, NJ on Sept. 5-7, 2008.
- 2008 World Cup of Trick Shots
Took place at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT on Oct. 30, 2008.
Professional Trick Shot Artists - Official websites
- Tim Chin
This site also has the largest collection of trick shot videos and tutorials on the internet. For free!
- Eric Yow
A masse champion AND a lawyer, to boot.
- Paul Gerni
A seasoned pro. Not on the competitive circuit much these days but still a great person.
- Andy Segal
You can find this #1 guy on facebook, too.
- Jamey Gray
In just a few years of going pro, this guy became World Champion.
- Tom Rossman
Dr. Cue is the biggest player in promoting trick shots today!
More Trick Shot Resources - Great instructional trick shot videos
Byrne's videos present a lot of trick shots found in his book. Most of the trick shots are on the easier side and there's also some good hustler tricks that'll win you bets at your local bar or pool hall.
The is the continuation video of Byrne's Standard Video of Trick Shots (Vol III). Also a wonderful video.
All of this, unfortunately, is overly simplified as there are friction effects, but this is a great starting point. Be sure to check out Tim Chin's article on throw for tips and drills. He also has a new article on spin and basic ball setup.
More Trick Shot Resources - To help improve your trick shots skills
This is a useful disc to have to learn some of the setup shots that look very impressive. Seven shots are diagrammed and templates can be printed out so you can set them up on your own table. Each shot has a shooter's perspective and video too, along with tips on how to make adjustments for different tables. This will get you pocketing 7 balls with one shot with ease!
Byrne's trick shot book was maybe the first great collection of trick shots compiled in to one place. Some of the instructions are lacking, so there will definitely be some trial and error, but the diagrams are clear and there are great back stories to a lot of the shots. Highly recommended if you want to show off to your friends!
Trick Shot Videos - Best of the best trick shot videos on YouTube
Trick Shot Links - Where to start learning trick shots
- Trick Shot Tim
Free trick shot videos and tutorials. Hands down the best place on the web to learn (and watch!) trick shots. This site is run by the world-ranked professional trick shot artist Tim Chin.
- Artistic pool
Brief history of artistic pool with amateur tournaments. Presented by Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman.
- Artistic Pool and Trick Shot Association
Professional players organization with tournament listings, rankings, shot program, and forum.
- Vincent Facquet trick shots
Trick shot videos performed by Vincent Facquet.
- Wikipedia entry
Wikipedia entry on trick shots with encyclopedic information on tournaments.
More Trick Shot Resources - Great pool trick shots stuff
This is a great resource to have as it diagrams every single shot from the original professional shot program used in tournaments, complete with shooter-perspective views, videos, and what adjustments to make if you miss. If you want to enter the world of professional trick shots, this is invaluable!
This video is by the legendary Japanese trick shot artist Yoshikazu Kimura and it truly is mind blowing. This is fantastic entertainment for the trick shot enthusiast and will even impress non-pool fans. Trying to replicate all of these shots would take years, but would be very impressive.