Random trick-shot artists often have some awesome trick shots in stock. With a cue and maybe a few props, he or she can force the billiard balls to move in seemingly physics-distant motions. Professional trick-shot artists or artistic pool players, however, do more than just a few setup and skill shots. For the contest, they must master an arsenal of tricks divided into eight shooting disciplines or categories – trick and fantasy, props / novelties / special arts, drawing, episodes, bank / kick, stroking, jumping and mass.
Trick and fantasy: In general, these punches are setup punches, ie the multiple billiard balls are arranged so that all billiard balls can be inserted with a single cue stroke. A popular trick and fancy shot is the Just Showing Off Shot.
Props, novelties and special arts: Also known as the general amusement category, these shots are a mix of shots that use props such as the rack or bridge. Several balls must be shot within a short time (speed shots). Rely on shooting balls with one hand. or some other criteria. A well-known Over and Under Shot.
To draw: The basic requirement for the draw shot is the beating of the cue ball below the middle to get a certain backspin. These shots require the ball to return to the shooter after impact with the object ball. The cowboy Jimmy Moore Circular Draw is frequently featured in television competitions.
Consequences: Follow-shots are the reverse of the draw shots. The ball is hit above the center so that the topspin pushes the ball on its original path after hitting the object ball. An example of this type of shot is Hug the Rail.
Bank / Kick: In bank beats, the object ball must hit at least one rail before sinking into a pocket. In kick-shots, on the other hand, the ball must hit a rail before it touches the object ball. A particularly famous shot is the Hustler Bank, which was made popular in the opening scene of The Hustler.
Stroke: Mastering a kick requires a good punch or technique, but the punch in the punch category is particularly challenging, putting both technique and control to the test. In some of these shots the ball is very close to the object ball or even freezes it (touches it). The shot (one hundred) dollar bill used in ESPN's Trick Shot Magic trigger is an example of a stroke.
Jump: In the jump category, the ball usually jumps over a hampering pool ball, but it can also jump directly into another ball, resulting in unusual or surprising results. This discipline is one of the most exciting disciplines to watch. The one-handed jump is very impressive.
Dimensions: Perhaps the most unbelievable category are mass shots, where the ball has an exceptionally high spin to move on a curved path. This discipline is arguably the most difficult artistic discipline that needs to be mastered. A crowd pleaser is the Rocket crowd.
Test the competition course after mastering several shots from each of these categories. Each year, there are several trick-shot competitions for professionals and amateurs to attend or just watch.