Dr. Dave's answers to frequently-asked questions (FAQs), mostly from the AZB discussion forum
for more information, see Vol. V of the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS)
famous trick and artistic 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 Vol. 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 Masséy trick shot collection video, and in Bob Jewett's March '13 BD article.
Also, diagrams and demonstrations for many common trick and artistic shots can be found on the Trick Shot Tim compilation page.
What are some good proposition shots?
Many are described and demonstrated on on Vol. 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:
Here's a famous cross-side proposition bank shot made famous by Vernon Elliot:
Here's an impressive frozen double-kiss bank that is a good proposition shot:
NV B.94 - Cross-side double-kiss bank of frozen ball
Other famous proposition shots can be found in the Mike Masséy trick shot collection video.
from Bob Jewett (in AZB post):
Here is a very old proposition shot. The one and cue ball each go three cushions and the cue ball hits the nine in.
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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