Pool trick shots became popular when the audience saw them for the first time. Trick shots are considered by the public as a kind of freestyle exercise. In reality, however, the sport is divided into precise categories and disciplines. There are different types of events. Some were specifically made for television broadcasting. They all have one thing in common; they are judged. However, the way of judging is different. For example, players in the Snooker Trickshot World Cup are subjectively judged by a group of judges who determine the event's winner based on their tricks as well as their presentation and entertainment skills. For events like the Trick Shot Magic, the format is a head-to-head format. A player receives one point for each successful pool trick and the player with the most points wins at the end of a certain number of turns. And then there is the actual artistic pool; and as you will see shortly, for some reason it is called an artistic pool.
The artistic pool discipline is the most defined on the side of their rules. The program contains 160 different tricks that players can try out. These tricks are divided into 8 categories:
Trick / Fantasy: The "standard" pool trick shots are part of this category. Set up balls with several balls as obstacles where the goal is to make one last ball.
Props / Novelties / Special Arts: Recordings with more entertaining purposes make up this category. Shots with keywords, bridges, racks, coins, chalk, etc., as well as shots with special requirements such as time, push shots, one-handed, behind the back, under the leg, etc.
Draws: Shots where the ball hits an object ball and then turns back to somehow plug in another end ball. The ball and the object ball must have a greater distance than ½ "from each other.
Follow: Shot with the same concept as Draw but with Topspin.
Bank / Kick: A bank shot means you have to plug in an object ball with a cushion. In a kick shot, the cue ball must hit the "X" number of rails before inserting an object ball.
Stroke: If the ball and the object ball are less than 1.5 cm apart, the stroke means a tie in the follow-up action.
Jump: As the name suggests, all pool trick shots fall into this category where the ball goes up in the air. The only exceptions are the shots, which rank in the prop category or a special stroke.
Massé: Shots where the shooter raises the cue stick to make a nasty spin on the cue ball to avoid these obstacles.
It is called an artistic pool and makes sense because the sport is judged like any other artistic sport (skating, skiing, gymnastics, etc.). The competition format looks like the participants have to try 160 tricks. Each participant has three attempts to successfully complete each stitch. Pool trick shots are assigned a difficulty level that proportionally increases the value in points. For the first try the full points are collected and for each further attempt the points are deducted. After a preliminary round with 40 stitches, the 12 best participants meet in direct duel to finally determine a champion.