Prop Novelty Pool Shots – The Hand is Quicker than the Eye

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    World Trick Shot Champion Andy Segal demonstrates how to master the pool prop novelty shot, The Hand is Quicker than the Eye.

    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

    I am the reigning 2007 World Trick Shot champion.

    Andy Segal: Hi, I am Andy Segal. This is our second prop novelty shot; it is called The Hand is Quicker than the Eye. We have another nine ball situation here, the Cue ball is behind the one ball which we have to hit first but we want to make the nine ball on the side pocket to win the game.

    Let us see that in slow motion. Obviously, that is not a shot that you can use in regular game of pool, it is a little cheating that is why we call it The Hand is Quicker than the Eye. Let me show you exactly how to set that up and perform in. What we are doing is we are going to align the eight ball and the nine ball up straight, like this and you can have as much gap as you want; you can make it closer to be a little bit to start and you can widen the gap as you get better at it. The one ball, I am sorry the Cue ball is going to be about -- little more than a ball s width away from the eight and than one ball is about 45 degrees with about an eighth of an inch gap. Now what we are doing is, we are not going to take two strokes, shoot the Cue ball, shoot the eight ball. We want to have one continue with forward motion stroke, so it looks real. So I am going to go off to the side and show you how to do it. What you want to do is you want to follow the cue stick straight through the cue ball into the eight and pass the eight like this, so you can get used with the motion. Then when you come over here, you do not even want think about the cue ball or the one, all you want to do is watch the eight ball and pretend that is the first ball you are hitting. If you think of the cue ball, what is going to happen is you are going to hit the cue ball and then you are not thinking of the eight so you will probably miss hit it one way or the other. If you do not think of the cue ball at all, pretend its not even their, just think of the eight you have the much better chance of hitting it solid. You also want to have shorter bridge, that will help you follow through longer. So then you are going to shoot it, straight though thinking only of the eight and you make the nine ball on the side pocket. Now coming up next will a third and very nice Novelty Shot.