EPIPHANY By Tim Chin â€“ www.trickshottim.com Ranked 4th by WPA-APD
By Tim Chin â€“ www.trickshottim.com
I want to go over a setup intensive shot, since I havenâ€™t done one yet, called â€œEpiphany.â€ I call it that because I practiced this without success and then Paul â€œBook â€˜Emâ€ Danno played it against me in a tournament and I finally figured it out on the fly.
For this shot, we have four balls in a right angle configuration. I start with the â€˜F2â€™ and â€˜Aâ€™ balls and place them one ball width from the foot cushion with the â€˜F2â€™ ball even with the first diamond. Set the â€˜Câ€™ ball so the â€˜Câ€™-â€˜Aâ€™ tangent line goes straight in to pocket â€˜Câ€™. Finally, align the â€˜F1â€™-â€˜Câ€™ tangent towards the long rail point of pocket â€˜Fâ€™. I put the cue ball behind the foot string in line between the â€˜F1â€™ ball and pocket â€˜Aâ€™. I aim for a Â½ ball hit on the â€˜F1â€™ ball and let it fly.
The important part about practicing this shot is seeing how youâ€™re missing certain balls. The â€˜F1â€™ ball and â€˜Aâ€™ balls are the easiest to miss. With the â€˜F1â€™ ball, just move the tangent line until it goes in. For the â€˜Aâ€™ ball, move the entire setup in between the long rails to adjust for the bank. The shot is speed sensitive too, so make sure youâ€™re consistent with that.
You can learn a lot of principles from setup shots that you can further apply to typical pool games. The â€˜F2â€™ ball should be automatic. Even though itâ€™s aligned straight across the table with the â€˜Aâ€™ ball, it should throw into the pocket easily. The â€˜Aâ€™ ball will pick up spin from the â€˜Câ€™ ball which will bank it towards pocket â€˜Aâ€™ (remember the Backward Bank shot in the April issue last year?). Changing the â€˜Câ€™-â€˜Aâ€™ tangent line will affect how much spin â€˜Aâ€™ picks up. The â€˜F1â€™ and â€˜Câ€™ balls are mostly determined by the tangent lines, but you can throw these off depending on your cut angle and if you use any spin.