Pool Bank and Kick Shots – The Chain Reaction

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    World Trick Shot Champion Andy Segal demonstrates how to master the pool bank and kick shot, The Chain Reaction.

    Andy Segal

    I have been playing pool since 1983. I started performing trick shots in college, back in the late 80's, but I have been competing in trick shot competitions since October of 2002. I was invited to ESPN's Trick Shot Magic for the first time in October of 2003, when a good friend of mine Bogdan Wolkowski from Poland dropped out at the last minute due to an arm injury. Once I started competing in the trick shot tournaments, I stopped playing 9-ball and never looked back.

    I have worked as the technical advisor of Sweet & Lowdown, a Woody Allen film starring Sean Penn. I have also filmed a couple of commercials, one for All Detergent and one for AT&T, both obviously involving pool and trick shots. I also did a 12 week segment for Spike TV called Bikini Pool Shark. I have also worked with Ewa Laurence and helped her prepare for the 2004 and 2005 Women's ESPN Trick Shot Magic tournament. Ewa's excellent talent, along with coaching from myself and Bruce Barthelette, helped her achieve a second place finish in 2004 and a win in 2005.

    In addition to pool, I am an amateur magician. I play Go once a week in a club near my house, and online a few times a week. I enjoy playing poker, both live and online. I am also in the computer business. I own and operate a website company Magic Man Web Services LLC, which currently hosts www.artisticpoolplayers.com.

    I am the reigning 2007 World Trick Shot champion.

    Andy Segal: Hi, I am Andy Segal, we are in the middle of the bank and kick shot video series. This one is called the chain reaction. The cue ball is going to travel five cushions, one-and-a-half times around the table. Hit an object ball, start a chain reaction and make a ball in the corner pocket. First we will set up the object balls. You put the 1 ball right between these 2 diamonds about a-half-an-inch off the rail and you put the 2 ball on a piece of chalk touching the 1, straight up and down the table. The 3 and the 4 are set up the same way just a little closer to the pocket, again about a half-an-inch of the cushion. This is the chain reaction. The cue ball is going to be placed anywhere in this area here and where do you aim? Well, it s going to be different on every table. In fact it s going to be different on the same table from day to day because the table conditions change with the humidity, with the heat and with the cold. So, in this case, we are going to start off aiming right at the second diamond here, on the line between the second diamond and the corner pocket. That s going to be my line of aim and if we miss, we will adjust from there. So the cue ball is going to be shot this way and hit 1 cushion, 2,3,4,5 cushions, go right into the 1, hit the 2 off the chalk, the 2 is going to hit the 3, hit the 4 off the chalk, chain reaction 4 ball goes into the corner pocket. Kind of like that. Now, let s see how to adjust, if we miss. We have the 1 ball and the 2 ball and we have the 3 ball and the 4 ball. Now, there is only two things that can happen if you miss. You can either have the cue ball instead of coming down here right into the 1, it can either come left to the 1 or right to the 1. Well, let s see what happens in each case. If we have the cue ball shooting like this and it comes to the left of the 1, like this, all that means, is I aim too far to the left and I want to adjust my aim to the right. If the cue ball comes around the table this way and it s off the 1, on this side, I aim too far to the right and I want to adjust my aim to the left. So, again on this table, maybe tomorrow instead of aiming here, I may need to aim here or I may need to aim here, it s going to be different no matter where I go. So you want to make sure that you know how to adjust because if you know how to adjust you will know how to make the shot in the end. Now, we have 1 more bank and kick shot coming up and it s going to be called the Japanese gate shot. So don t go away.