About The Shot

Lined up down the rail are combinations of two balls, one on the slate and the second on a piece of chalk. I jump the cue ball over the blocker ball and hit the first combination setting off a chain reaction that pockets the last ball in the corner.

Discipline: Jump

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Chain Reaction Jump

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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 (Figure 1) with the last one hanging by the jaws of the corner pocket.

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 (Figure 3). 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.

Video: Chain Reaction Jump

Video: Chain Reaction Jump

Chain Reaction Jump

Figure 1

Chain Reaction Jump

Figure 2

Chain Reaction Jump

Figure 3

Tim's Tidbit

This is a cute little shot that Dr. Cue Tom Rossman used in ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2006.