Trick Pool Shots – The Ultimate Trap Shot

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Trick shot expert Andy Segal demonstrates how to do the trick pool shot, the ultimate trap 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

    I am the reigning 2007 World Trick Shot champion.

    Andy Segal: Hi, I am Andy Segal. Today, we are doing some masse pool shots and for this one we are behind the 8-ball in a big way. We are playing the game in 9-ball and we want to shoot in to the one to make the nine, but the problem is cue ball is trapped behind the four and five and the 8-ball is in the way for the cue ball to go straight into the one. So, what we are going to do is we are going to use two concepts that we learned already. We are going to use the compression Bankshot and the masse pool shot. I am going to lean over the table and shoot into the cushion so it compresses the cushion and the cue ball escapes and banks out this way and right here, I am going to have a little bit of masse on the ball. It's going to curve into the one and nine. To set this shot up, I have the cue ball frozen to the rail between the first and second diamond with the four and the five straight out forming a line.

    The 8-ball is about an inch and a half away from the cue ball and I am going to have these balls lined up, just as blocking ball, so I can't go too far out. The one and the nine are hanging by the pocket. I am going to lean over and aim right about over here, probably that six inches off of this diamond, leaning over the table, aiming right here with 10 o'clock english. Now 10 o'clock which is high left. Here is the center of the cue ball, you go up here is 12, to the left is 9, 10 o'clock is this way. So, with high left English, with more of left English than high English and that's the way to win a game in 9-ball.

    Now, the way to adjust on that trick shot, it's not that easy. This shot, if the cue ball comes out like this and does not curve what that means is, you are not hitting it with enough left hand English. If the cue ball comes in to the rail and hits these balls, that means that you are angling too much and you need to take a little bit off of it and of course, if the cue ball hits this rail, hits here and then curves back into the four, so the curve happens over here, you are not hitting it hard enough. You have to hit it hard enough so the cue ball travels this distance at least before the friction kicks in, and has the spin, curve it into the one-nine combination. Well, that's a second masse pool shot, titled the Ultimate Trap Shot but don't go away. We have two more exciting masse pool trick shots coming up.