View Full Version : OMG it's a pool related post (best shot)
09-19-2002, 09:26 AM
Here's a question that is both interesting and which is designed, in a subtle way...rofl, to get us back to pool.
Over the years, I've had several shots that I've executed which really stick out in my mind. What is the most memorable shot that you've ever made?
The shot must have been:
1) against an opponent, not something that you made while goofing around on a table
2) During a game that had some meaning, i.e. league play, tournament play, jellybean play, grudge match, just NOT fun play.
3) been executed the way that you played it. (no slop rule)
4) executed on a real table, not VP3 (the patrick rule)
Back in 1991 on my way home from Ft Campbell KY, I took the wrong interstate (DOH!) and went through Birmingham instead of Atlanta. By the time I realized my mistake, I was halfway to Birmingham and decided to just keep going and get a room there. I inquired about local pool halls and was directed to a room whose name I don't remember. What I do remember is that it was the BEST room I have ever seen, not just to then, but even now I've never seen one as nice. All of the tables were Brunswicks, about 15 or so of them with plenty of space around each. When I went up to get a rack, they asked me if I needed a house cue. At the time, I was using house cues to break so I said yes. They asked the weight and pulled a McDermott off the wall behind the counter and handed it to me. I was shocked, no dufferins here??? Anyhow, after a very short time, a guy approached me and asked me if I'd like to play some. So we started playing sets. After about two or three hours it was obvious that we were matched evenly and we decided to call it. To make things interesting, we played a final game of nine ball for the time, with a twist. You were not allowed to shoot the 9 straight in, it had to be a carom. No combos, a true carom. If the 9 was the only ball left on the table, we'd spot a ball on the spot furthest from the 9. Anyhow, so we got to shooting and it got down to the 7 and the 9 left on the table. I was left with a rail shot to even hit the 7 and told the guy "Well, I'm lost, I guess I'll just draw back and cut the 9 in the side". We both laughed and then I got down and did it...and even made the 7 along the way. Absolutely the most remarkable shot ever for the dough for me.
That's the shot that I'll never forget (and have never been able to duplicate since).
09-19-2002, 09:55 AM
Nothing spectacular from me, I just wanted to keep the thread near the top.
-League 8-ball play. Last night of the session. We needed to win the last 4 matches to clinch 1st place. My opponent had 5 balls left. He left the CB by the right corner at the head rail. The 8ball was 18" from the right corner at the foot of the table and all his balls were blocking me. I kicked it in for the match win. About a 1 in a 100 shot for me. The kicker is my daughter happened to be there watching and now she thinks I'm a pool god /ccboard/images/icons/laugh.gif
09-19-2002, 09:56 AM
While playing in a local tourney, I drew an opponent named "Slim Jim". From the beginning of the match he heckled my every shot. "Is that all you got?", "I thought you were gonna show me something", etc. He had me angry and rattled and I couldn't concentrate. The score was 4 to 0 in a race to seven. He broke in the 5th game, made a ball on the break but missed the one. I ran out to the 8, but left myself here.
Thinking I could make the 8 with high left(forcing the qball to jump forward enough to hit the rail) the left would force the qball off the rail back, missing the other side pocket. When I pulled the trigger, the 8 went in the corner but the qball hit the point of the side pocket, causing this.
He never made another ball, and never said another word the rest of the match.
He also never knew that I was more surprised than him. PRICELESS! ***Lester***
09-19-2002, 10:06 AM
Okay, I've posted this one before, but it is the shot most memorable to me. The game is Eight ball, and I have one ball left and want to get position on the eight. The game was for fun, but that's the only reason I play. If it wasn't fun, I'd find something else to do in my spare time. Still the match had some meaning to me. My opponent is somewhat a rival, and is rated a higher skill level than me. I have always enjoyed winning against him, because he is somewhat a poor sport, and I get a laugh out of seeing him make excuses, whine, get red faced, and so on. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
Just like I played it.
09-19-2002, 11:06 AM
The situation is: 6 to 6 in a race to seven, the loser gets 5th/6th, the calcutta pays only four spots and I had bought myself, the guy had played a great safe and I was just about to hand him the cue ball in hopes that he would get out of line on the 5/7 combo when I thought "what the hell I'm going out in flames" and hit this shot. I hit it left handed and the cueball came up so high in the air that it neatly hit me in the chest but I got out of the way just in time to see the cueball land on the three ball just perfect too fire it in the corner...game/set/match......I loved it and the guy never even said good shot.
09-19-2002, 11:39 AM
I had a similar situation, but the 8 was further from the rail, but aligned straight for the pocket.
My opponent was pretty much better than me (I'm much more of an 8-ball, than 9-ball player), and we both knew the odds were low, that I'd be able actually make the 8, and get shape (the draw just wasn't gonna happen).
What'd I do? --cross-banked to the corner, and rebounded off the end for shape on the 9.
Not a major "hero" shot, but the guy started to pull balls out of the pockets, conceding the nine, right away. He didn't look happy either. . . .
09-19-2002, 12:04 PM
I'm gonna cheat a little bit. The shot that I've diagramed wasn't made by me, but was made against me while playing 1-pkt. The score was 7-6 me, and I had just played a 2-rail bank toward my hole(pkt A). My opponent made the comment that I hit the shot just good enough to lose and then banked the ball closest to my hole cross-corner and sent the cue 3- rails to kick in his game ball, which spotted up up straight in for his hole. After 20 years of playing, this rates as one of the greatest shots I've ever seen that gets the money.
09-19-2002, 12:11 PM
WOW! That's a pretty awsome shot, Cheesemouse! Not one I would have thought of, or likely even tried, if I had thought of it.
09-19-2002, 12:21 PM
Hmmm, I was reading the replies here and I wanted to add just a couple of things.
The shot doesn't have to be spectacular, it just has to be memorable. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a good shot.
As an example, against J.R. Calvert in last year's US Open, I came to the table tied 6-6 with this setup:
I started one of the best series of shots (not leaves :P ) I've ever played by jumping the 8, no jump cues, it was with my playing cue, to make the 6 in the side. But I drew back too far, or not far enough, and ended up here:
My next shot was the two railer to put the 7 in the side, but I hit it JUST the wrong way.
So I kicked at the 8
Well, now I was out of "carnival shot" country and into a straight bank. I shot the nine and....
Great shot? NOT! Memorable shot? you betcha. I was so demoralized after that series that I couldn't make a ball. It's a shot I'll never forget.
09-19-2002, 12:37 PM
That was an "out-from-hell". ***Lester***
09-19-2002, 12:38 PM
LOL, no it was an "almost-out from hell" rofl
09-19-2002, 12:42 PM
I seem to pull some magic tricks out of a hat on occassion, but two of the most recent ones were these.
Sunday tournament, playing nine ball, my oppoenent has left me safe on the six ball. I pull out my trusty little jump cue and landing on the six ball sending it into the corner off the 8, what's left is perfect shape on the 7 and the game is mine.
The second was this past tuesday in leagues. The game is 8 ball, I am solids and my opponent just safed me behind his 15 ball. Thankfully it was apa and I didn't have to call the pocket, I was only trying to make a good hit on a masse shot and ended up cutting the 5 ball back in the corner leaving an easy out from there.
I hope I did these diagrams right, its my first time playing with them.
09-19-2002, 01:18 PM
I don't remember any shot that I have made because I don't think any shot is special, there is no shot I can't make.
09-19-2002, 01:22 PM
I don't know if this counts but what the heck. I didn't do it, but it really stands out in my mind. It may count as a "grudge match" because in small towns, where all the men think they are superior pool players by birthright, any game involving a woman is a "grudge match".
Our little town used to have quite a bit of action. My wife was playing a guy with a whole bunch of onlookers (the place was packed). She gets down to the 8, but it's lined up so the cueball will want to go right in if you tried to take the 8 down the rail. It was close enough that someone with great cueball control might have second thoughts, but darn that corner was inviting! My wife lines up to take it down the rail whereupon an onlooker proclaims smugly, "That's a scratch shot!" My wife looks up at him, points her cue and says, "Maybe if you were shooting it!" at which point she hits the shot with just the right amount of speed and topspin to make the shot and keep the cueball out of the pocket. The place went nuts and I jumped up and down and cheered. Maybe not the most incredible shot anybody's ever made, but it was great nonetheless!
09-19-2002, 01:36 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Jay M:</font><hr> Over the years, I've had several shots that I've executed which really stick out in my mind. What is the most memorable shot that you've ever made?<hr></blockquote>
This is one from many moons ago during league (of course). I can't remember the exact layout, but this was the basic shot.
09-19-2002, 01:42 PM
Playing eight ball, my opponent left me with a perfect carom of the eight ball into the side pocket, blocked by his last ball:
All I have to do is bank the cue ball down the long table and hit anywhere on the eight for the eight to go in the side pocket - an extremely easy shot - the target is at least six inches wide, right? My opponent called someone over to watch the shot, even after I told him how I was shooting it. Okay, so I made the shot perfectly, the eight ball went right in the side pocket and my teammates whooped and hollered like I had done something spectacular. Easy, yes. But apparently impressive to bystanders and also memorable.
09-19-2002, 02:34 PM
Shot this Tuesday night, during the weekly--The 6 blocked the long bank, and I considered wedging it behind the 7, and then I saw this:
A few weeks before, I had to shoot this (I missed, due to 'lack of gas', but left the 4 in the jaws):
If I could position, I wouldn't have to shoot this crap. . . .
I don't think this is "the best shot" I've ever made, but it is a shot that stands out in my memory because it came at a cruicial point in the match. I was playing Tony Ellin in Reno, and this is the shot that won the match for me. I had to jack up and masse the cue ball slightly to get around the nine ball. I cut the eight in and went four rails for shape on the nine ... That put me on the hill (where he already was), and I broke and ran out to win the match.
09-19-2002, 02:43 PM
Dunno if it's my defining moment, but it goes like this:
9 ball- After shooting sloppy with both my opponent and I missing the 9 ball, I'm left with this-
which I make to win to put me on the hill, next game I break and run to this-
I cut the 3 into the side with a jump stroke on the cue ball, bounced over the blocking balls for po on the 4 ball. Ran out, won game, won set. Kissed my rabbits foot.
Eric >thank you Ray Martin
09-19-2002, 03:00 PM
I had almost the same shot against Ewa Matayas-Lawrence in a scotch doubles charity event with Tiffany Nelson as my partner. I forget where the rest were, but the important ones are there. We ended up running out from here.
It's a great shot to know and can get you out of all sorts of problems.
09-19-2002, 03:10 PM
i made this one, excuse me ya'll but i don't play any good.
paw and i, his name is billy bob to, was playin 8 ball. i'm shotin the last ball with under on the ball. i got shapes and paw jest choked on his brew. course i missed the 8 ball but paw jumped the cue off the table. guess paw was shook up cause he still talks about it
9 Ball Girl
09-19-2002, 03:21 PM
This isn't a big deal shot but it was fun to make only 'cause the guy I was playing thought he had me. It was a 9 ball tournament, he tried knocking the 7 in and missed it. I don't remember where he was to begin with and he didn't mean to safe me out but he did have a big grin 'cause he figured he was going to get ball in hand. Well, I got up and thought "well he's not going to like this". Anyway, I made the 7 and was out from there to win the match. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
Jay here is two shots. Playing in a ring game for a few bucks. The first one will end up short of the 5/6 break up because there is to much angle. To make my own angle or a longer one I needed to make the c/b just have a bounce. The line shows that bounce and curve after pocketing the 4 ball.
The c/b goes two rails and double kisses the 5 ball for a straight in to the long corner. That was my 4th rack and the boys wasn't happy.
This next one is in a tournament. Same type of force is needed but without the bounce. I hit this pup hard and ended up near perfect. The bent line here is the c/b after pocketing the 4. I don't mind versions of the last one so much but I don't want to try the first shot again soon. These may not be the best shots I've made, but since there stroke shots I like them best.
Ah here is one more, playing some cheap 9 ball. The shot on the 5 is just a touch of low and right. I get great position on the 6 but the unique part is I have to play the 7 to the same pocket. There was a little angle and I could not follow the 6 to carom the 8 off the 7. It worked well that time. Heck I was just happy to be there.
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