Here's the setup to start the chain reaction. Place one ball on top of a piece of chalk and then freeze another one to it. I put the pieces of chalk at each diamond
Make sure the first combination is aligned so it'll hit the second one and so on. In Figure 2, you see that it's off the rail a little bit. This is so the ball on the chalk doesn't catch the top of the rail and bounce toward the center of the table.
Here's my setup for the initial jump . This is what Dr. Cue used in the competition - that is, two chalks width, although I've seen cubes of chalk come in different sizes. These ones are a little on the small side. In any case, start with a comfortable distance for yourself and work your way closer.
There's really only one thing you have do then once you got everything set up right. Just jump over the blocking ball and start the chain reaction. In the competition, you have to hit the first combination ball that's on the slate first. Lukasz Szywala ended up jumping over that and starting the chain reaction by hitting the first ball on the chalk, thereby not actually scoring the point although the rest of the chain reaction went.
This is a cute little shot that Dr. Cue Tom Rossman used in ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2006.
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