How to make a Kick Shot

Written by Mick Turner

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In case you didn't notice, all the shots up to now have been "left" kick shots...Now for some "right" kick shot examples, and maybe some that are more typical of when you want to use a kick (your odds of making it are higher because they are easier).

How to make a Kick Shot - Diagram 15
Diagram 15

This is a typical shot where your opponent scratches on purpose, leaving you behind the line to make your next shot harder...just kick it in. (Some rules require a ball in hand behind the line (called the kitchen), and you must hit a cushion past the line to make a legal shot).

How to make a Kick Shot - Diagram 16
Diagram 16

Here is a shot that comes up all the time where you might want to use a short kick shot to get better position on the next shot, which could be the 8 ball. (This shot's colored lines look odd, but remember they reference to the banking cushion.)

How to make a Kick Shot - Diagram 17
Diagram 17

This next one is a shot I have seen in numerous games. It comes in real handy.

How to make a Kick Shot - Diagram 18
Diagram 18

After you practice some of these shots, I would suggest you memorize the contact points and variations needed for various similar shots...how to go longer or shorter on the contact point to make similar shots. This knowledge will come in handy as you will not only know how to make these shots but how to adjust to changing conditions.

As you can see the process of calculating the contact point for the kick shot is pretty consistent. Just remember on longer shots it may be a very difficult shot to make due to speed, spin or other factors. Good Luck on your kick shots, as this is not an easy skill to master. Also remember, kick shots are generally called, a desperation or last resort shot, but practicing these shots and knowing how to do them will increase your odds of making the shot if you are forced to make one in those do or die situations.

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