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How to Make the "1-Kick Rail" Pool Shot

Learn how to make the 1-rail kick 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, let's get started. Alright sometimes there's a ball in the way and you can't make a direct shot. For example here I wanna shoot the nine but the twelve's in the way. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna shoot the cue ball to one cushion kicking it into the nine ball. Now how do you aim for that shot? Well, there's a common mistake that a lot of people make. What they do is they take the difference, the mid point between the nine ball and the cue ball which is right here. And they go forward, and that's the spot that they aim at. Well if I aim at that spot, I miss. Now why did I miss? Because the cue ball is not even with the nine ball. This spot here is really bringing the cue ball back to here. ow if the cue ball was back to here, the mid point between these two balls isn't here it's really, it's really up here. So what you wanna do is you wanna bring the cue ball back. Because then you're bringing the cue ball back even with the ball you wanna hit. So if i bring it back to here, and I look for the kid point here, it's actually right here. Which is this point. That's where you wanna aim. You aim right there. And you'll make the kick shot. Now five spin effects kick stop a lot. For example, if I'm kicking this way, well let me do it this way actually. If I'm kicking this way, if I hit it straight right in the middle, the cue ball comes straight back and hits my stick. If I hit left english, the cue ball's gonna go to the left. Okay? So you have to make sure that you have a nice straight stroke. Because if I kick this shot aiming at the point where I was supposed to aim, but I hit it with the wrong english, if I hit it with right english, it's not gonna work. Similarly left english, it's not gonna work either. You wanna make sure you hit it in the center knowingly and that way you get a nice good shot.

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