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How to Stop the Cue Ball for Pool Trick Shots

Learn how to stop the cue ball from pool trick shot champion Andy Segal in this Howcast video.


"Pool Trick Shots / Fundamentals: Stopping the Cue Ball

Hi, I'm Andy the ""Magic man"" Segal, I'm here at Willow Billiards in Hoboken New Jersey, doing some trick shots and pool instructions, so if you're ready let's get started.

The first thing you have to learn when you're trying to control the cue ball is the stop shot, that is the single most important shot when you're learning position play. When you hit the cue ball, what happens is it just starts rolling and it's a consistent roll. But if you hit the cue ball underneath, what's gonna happen is its going to spin backwards for a while and eventually that backwards momentum will stop , it will slide forward for just a little brief moment and then start rolling again , something like this. You saw that is started sliding there and then it started rolling. While a stop shot is simply getting that cue ball to slide at the point of the ball, so I'm going to try and get the cue ball to slide right over here, I'm gonna shoot on the side of the club just so you can see an example. You noticed that it slid right over here which would cause the cue ball to contact the 12, have no spin at all and stop right at that point, so now I'm going to actually shoot the 12 and you'll see the cue ball stop right there.

Now that's the most important shot because that is how you base how much higher or lower to hit the cue ball to get a draw or top spin which will be covered in another video.


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