Pool Draw Shots – Over and Under the Bridge

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    World Trick Shot Champion Andy Segal demonstrates how to master the over and under the bridge pool shot.

    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, my name is Andy Segal. This is the fourth and final draw shot in this video series. This one is called the Over And Under The Bridge shot. It s been around for a while, it is a very pretty shot. The shot uses a bridge and three balls, the 1-ball, this 1-ball off the rail just behind the diamond and the cue ball is a little bit more off the rail, about an eight of an inch more off the rail, than the 1-ball back here by the point. The 2-ball is hanging, but the cue ball and the 1-ball are not straight into the pocket but a little angled this way. Now that s a little much, I am exaggerating a little bit, you really want to have them lined up, for just about here, maybe about a half-a-diamond out from the pocket, just a little bit of an angle. The bridge is close to the 1, so if you look straight down on the bridge it touches the back edge of the 1-ball.

    The object of the shot, is to shoot the cue ball into the 1, the 1-ball will go under the bridge into the corner pocket. The cue ball will jump over the bridge, land somewhere in this area, with backspin, draw back under the bridge and pocket the 2. Now, there is two things, you have to keep in mind when you are shooting the shot. The first is check the height of the bridge, some bridges are lower or higher, so in this case the bridge is a little low, it s too close to the 1. So in this case, I am going to raise the bridge by putting a piece of chalk under the end of the bridge. The second thing, you have to remember when shooting this shot, is don t put your only piece of chalk under the bridge. But then you have to take it down and chalk up.

    Alright, anyway, so what I am going to do is, I am going to shoot right in to the 1 ball. I am going to shoot it with straight backspin and for most I am going to elevate my cue stick a little bit. Now by elevating my cue stick, I am hitting down into the table causing the cue ball to rebound up. Now it s only going to rebound up about an eight of an inch but that s going to be enough for the cue ball to hit the 1 on the way up and the 1-ball act as a ramp causing the cue ball to jump over the bridge. So what happens if you miss the 1-ball. Well, not making the 1-ball, is a simple adjustment. You can miss the 1-ball on the right side of the pocket and when you do, what s happening is you are cutting the 1-ball, instead of straight, you are cutting it too far this way. So your aim is off a little bit, you have to aim more to the right. If the 1-ball misses on the left side of the pocket, chances are you are aiming over here and then the 1-ball is cutting to the left. You need to adjust your aim to the right. Now, what happens if I don t jump over the bridge? Well, if I don t jump over the bridge, I am probably not hitting the shot hard enough. So I want to elevate my cue stick kind of about like here. This is about, like the bottom on my wrist, I am elevating my cue stick and I am using a close bridge on the rail to give myself natural elevation. I am not hitting straight down into the cue ball with backspin, a little bit below center. .

    Now, it I m able to jump over the bridge and draw the cue ball back, what happens if I miss the 2. Well, if I miss the 2, the cue can go like this into the rail and bounce out. If that s the case, chances are, I have too much angle on my shot. So I am hitting into the 1 and the cue ball is actually going this way and jumping either here or here or here and coming this way. If that happens, chances are you have too much angle on your cut shot. So instead of almost straight in, you are angled here so the cue ball is jumping into the 1 and then continuing forward and landing on the rail, so you need to move the cue ball to the right.

    Of course, if the cue ball goes the other way, you may have too much angle this way. So if you cut the 1-ball, it s jumping this way and it s going to jump and keep going straight and then it s going to come back this way. So you need to move the cue ball to the left, you need to make sure that your angle on the cue ball and the 1-ball are lined up, just to the right of the pocket, just a little bit of an angle this way. So the cue ball jumps in to the 1, moves over just enough and then comes back. Now that concludes the draw shots of this video series. Now don t forget draw shots are probably the most difficult shots in pool. So if you can make these right away, don t give up, keep at them, you will definitely be able to make them and in the long run it will pay you off. Not only will it help you trick shots but practicing these draw shots will improve your game of pool in general and don t forget check out some of my other video series for some more amazing trick shots.