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How to Do the "Banana Shot" Beginner Pool Shot

Learn how to make the "Banana Shot" beginner shot from pool trick shot champion Andy Segal in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Andy, the "Magic Man" Segal. I'm here at Willow Billiards in Hoboken, New Jersey doing some trick shots and pool instruction. So if you're ready, lets get started. All right, this shot here, we have the 8 ball hanging by the corner pocket, the Q ball is at the second diamond trapped by the 3 ball, which is straight across from the Q ball. The 1 and the 2 ball, the 1 ball is right on the third diamond line, right along the center and the 2 ball's right behind it. Now the 1 and the 2 ball actually block the path of the Q ball, assuming the 3 ball wasn't there, but the 3 ball is here, which makes it a little more difficult. What I want to do is I want to make the 8, so I'm going to shoot into the cushion here. Shooting into the cushion will, will caress the cushion just enough so the Q ball can sneak away from the 3. But as I said, we still have the 1 ball and the 2 ball blocking the path. So the Q ball will actually take a path down this way and curve, making the 8 ball. That's why it's called the banana shot because it's a path that looks like a, like a banana. The way you shoot this shot is I'm going to be aiming right at this third dot, and I'm going to hit it with a little bit of backspin. The backspin will kick in over here causing the Q ball to curve and pocket the 8. Kind of like that.

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