Pool Set Up Shots – “Just Showing Off”

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    World Trick Shot Champion Andy Segal demonstrates how to master the pool set up shot, “Just Showing Off.”

    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 and here we have the Just showing Off shot. This is the classic shot performed by the late, great trick shot artist, Steve Mizerak, in Miller Lite commercial back in the 70 s. We are going to make six balls in five different pockets. We are going to strike the one, the one is going to come off from the four ball into this pocket, the two ball will bank across table in to the side, the three will come in to here, the four will run down the rail into that pocket, the five will go across the table into that corner pocket. Now it that s not hard enough, well while that s going on, the cue ball is going to travel one, two, three cushions through all that traffic come down table and finally make the six in that corner pocket.

    Now, the way you set this up, the one and the two ball are straight across the table where is one is frozen to the two and the two is to the cushion and they are about an inch away from the point. The three ball is on this half to the pocket, about an eighth of an inch off, from the cut of the pocket. The four ball is touching the three, straight across the table and the five ball is touching the four and lined up right to this point.

    Now, let me talk about that for a minute. The reason why it's lined up to the point and not for dead straight in, when the one ball hit the four it's hitting it like this and the weight of the ball is pushing the five, the friction pushes the five that way. That s why the five ball, that was lined up for this pocket and we hit the four ball straight, it would push the five and it would hit the rail, so, we need to line it up to the outside edge of the pocket, so when it pushes the five, it throws it into the center of the pocket.

    The cue ball is placed back a little bit. I like to put it by this diamond, that is adjustable, and I put it about two inches off the rail. What I am going to do is, iam going to shoot the cue ball, so I hit the one ball, kind of thin, maybe about 45 degrees from where I am starting. All that action will happen as I described before, the cue ball will go one, two, three rails. Now, in order to help the cue ball to around the table, I need to hit the cue ball with a little bit of a Side English, high Left-Hand English. Now again, if you think, if the cue ball is a clock, we already described Right-Hand English as 3 o clock, Left-Hand English as 9, well, High Left-Hand English is 10 or 11 o clock.

    Now for this shot, I am going to use something right in between, 10:30. It's going to cause the cue ball to spin this way, and as it's spinning this way, when it hits the cushion, the cue ball spin is actually going to help it travel around the table. That s where we are going to hit it. What that s going to do is, that s going to have the cue ball spin this way, so when it hits the rail, it actually helps it around the table, each time it hits the cushion, and finally comes around for the six. Now, in order to adjust, just in case you miss, if you are shooting into the one and the two ball banks, if the two ball misses and hits over here, we need to move the two ball this way, so you would just move the entire set up like this. If the two ball misses on that side of the pocket, we need to adjust this way, so we would just adjust like this. It's a pretty simple adjustment on that ball, these balls are also easy to adjust. If the four ball misses the pocket and hits the long cushion, all we need to do is, twist these balls a little bit like this, so the tangent line changes and moves to the right.

    If the four ball misses on that side of the pocket, we need to move it this way so, we twist these balls a little bit this way, so the four ball will move more to the left. Now, if the five ball misses on this side of the pocket, what we need to do is, we need to move the five ball this way, so we just slide it a little this way. If the five ball misses on this side of the pocket, we need to push it that way, so we adjust the five that way. So, let s now come all in. Now, that concludes our four Set Up shots. One thing to keep in mind, when you are trying these is, you are not to going to make all the balls, the first time. When you do them, on this shot, for example, try and make two balls, try and make just these two balls first. Once you get them, then try and make the other three and then once you get those add the last ball. The same goes with all the other Set Up shots. Try few, try parts of it and as you get better at it, you will find, you will have more and more success.