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How to Make Bank Shots in Pool

Learn how to make pool banks from pool trick shot champion Andy Segal in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Andy, the "Magic "Man" Segal. I'm here at Willow Billiard in Hoboken, New Jersey doing some trick shots and pool instruction. So if you're ready, lets get started. All right, now a lot of things affect the way bank shots are going to role. The natural angle is basically probably from the corner pocket to a little bit past the second diamond, and if you shoot that shot at an average speed, the ball should go in. Now if I take that same line and I hit the ball harder, the harder shot is going to actually cause the bank to shorten up. So instead of banking like this, it's actually going to shorten up and bank like this. If I shoot harder, notice how the ball goes here and goes in there. But now also if you have the same angle and you shoot it softer, what happens is the ball lengthens out, so instead of going this way and into the pocket, it's actually going to lengthen out and go over here. By shooting it nice and easy, so bank shots are very, they've very speed dependent. And you can use that, because like for example if I have this line, this is the line, this is the line right past the second diamond where I will shoot it at just a natural speed, if I actually have a little bit more angle like this, so now I've just altered my line, if I shoot it at the natural angle it's going to miss the pocket. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to hit it with more speed to shorten it up. So you can use speed or you can cut the ball, but cutting the ball's a little risky. So it's usually better to use speed to change the natural angle. But if you have a good bank shot and you've made it and you know you can make that shot, be careful you don't hit it too hard or too soft because you may miss the shot.

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