How to make a Kick Shot

Written by Mick Turner

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Once you master this technique you can move on to hard/soft and english variations. Sometimes those shots come in handy if other balls are in the CB path. After you do this many times in practice you will learn to closely approximate the position of the kick point, thus making all this measuring unnecessary. The more you do it, the better you get at it!

How to make a Kick Shot - Diagram 2
Diagram 2

To show the above Diagram 2 with the trajectory of the CB, note the below Diagram 3 with heavy black lines on the CB path for the kick shot, and also notice the angle in vs. angle out perspective between the black lines and the table using the measuring system presented here. You can take any of the below diagrams and draw the same angle in vs. angle out lines. (Hint: Copy image into PowerPoint and draw lines.)

How to make a Kick Shot - Diagram 3
Diagram 3

Below are more examples but the lines and descriptions above are all used over and over for consistency. I provided many kick shot examples so practically every situation is covered. Those I didn't cover would be easy to create using the same techniques. I suggest you copy the table code and paste it back into the table diagram on your computer so you can recreate the shot I provided, then modify it to create your own variation of the shot. I would also save them so you have a library of possible kick shots for future reference.

This next shot is just like Diagram 2 but with the center pocket as the target. Notice how when adjusting the Orange, Blue and Green lines, to the new position of the 1 (ghost) ball, the black line point of contact has moved slightly to the left so the CB will hit the 3 ball on it's top left versus the Diagram 2 shot where the CB hits on the right side of the 3 ball. This alignment technique is very precise, as you can see.

How to make a Kick Shot - Diagram 4
Diagram 4

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