Dr. Dave's answers to frequently-asked questions (FAQs), mostly from the AZB discussion forum
for more information, see Disc V of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS)
famous trick shots
What are the ten most famous trick shots of all time?
All ten are listed in "VEPS GEMS - Part XVII: Trick and Proposition Shots" (BD, May, 2011) and they are described and demonstrated on Disc V of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS).
Here's the "Butterfly Shot" and the "Line of Four Balls" shot:
Others can be found here: shots from pool movies and in the Mike Massey trick shot collection video, and in Bob Jewett's March '13 BD article.
What are some good proposition shots?
Many are described and demonstrated on on Disc V of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS). Here's one involving throw of a frozen ball down a rail (which is described and illustrated in "VEPS GEMS - Part XVII: Trick and Proposition Shots" - BD, May, 2011):
and here are some example "impossible" cut shots:
Several are described and illustrated in "Coin Proposition Shots" (BD, January, 2012). Here is a demonstration of the featured shot in the article, involving knocking a quarter off and away from a ball (e.g., off a dollar bill):
and here are some others, also described and illustrated in the article:
Other famous proposition shots can be found in the Mike Massey trick shot collection video.
shots from pool movies
How do find and learn how to make the shots from all of the famous pool movies?
I wrote a series of articles for Billiards Digest (BD) describing the famous pool movies and the shots made famous by them. Here they are:
Demonstrations of the shots can be found in NV A.2 through NV A.16.
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