OUT OF THE PARK By Tim Chin
With baseball season in full swing, Iâ€™m calling my shot Out Of The Park. This was actually the second trick shot I ever taught myself, so Iâ€™m pretty confident you can do this too. The cue ball starts trapped in the jaws of the corner pocket with a quarter circle of balls surrounding it like a ballpark. With a swing of the cue, the cue ball pops off the opposite point of the pocket, over the outfield fence, and then 3 rails to pocket the hanging ball in the opposite corner pocket.
As you can imagine, everything needs to be precise. First, find a repeatable spot to place the cue ball. Freeze it to the facing of the corner pocket and then slide it around to find a visual reference. You can look straight over it and align the edge of the ball with the cut of the slate of the pocket or imagine a line between the points of the pocket going through the center of the cue ball. Use any reference you can repeat, otherwise you might as well be shooting blind. After a handful of attempts, the cue ball should settle into a spot because youâ€™ll be denting the cloth a little.
I pick an aim point on the nose of the short rail, usually 1 to 2 shaft widths over from the point of the pocket. You could also use fractional diamonds. Again, use anything that you can repeat and make small adjustments from.
Hit with 1/2 to 1 tip running (left) english to help the cue ball get around. Youâ€™ll also need to elevate slightly, 5 to 10 degrees is usually enough to pop the cue ball over. Also, you canâ€™t follow through too much otherwise youâ€™ll interfere with the cue ball after it jumps. You need to use a short punch, but still get some speed on it. Make incremental adjustments with your aim to get the cue ball to track on target. Good luck and play ball!