About The Shot

On this shot, I masse the cue ball towards me, pocketing a ball in the corner pocket I'm standing behind, and the cue ball masses across the table to pocket a hanger in the far corner.

Discipline: Masse

Difficulty: Advanced

Backward Masse

Make This Shot

As you can see, I like to make sure all three balls are in a direct line between the opposite corner pockets (Figure 1). The first object ball is one diamond out from the short rail.

The cue ball is near the object ball, but not frozen. A half balls width is plenty of distance. Make sure it's close enough so you know you're going to pocket this ball too (Figure 2).

From the way I'm standing, I aim at 12 o'clock. Give it a nice firm masse stroke to get it back to the other end of the table. There's no real trick to this shot, just keep your bridge steady.

Video: Backward Masse

Video: Backward Masse

Backward Masse

Figure 1

Backward Masse

Figure 2

Tim's Tidbit

This could be a lot easier than stretching for a long draw shot!