About The Shot

The cue ball is less than a chalk's width away from the object ball, but with the right stroke, I pocket the 3 ball in the side pocket, jump over the wall of blocking balls and swing around two rails to get the 1 in the corner.

Discipline: Stroke

Difficulty: Advanced

Shot Compilations

Tim Chin Originals

Hurdle and Hook

Make This Shot

To setup this shot, start with the 3 ball. It's half way between the 3rd diamond and the side pocket and 2-1/2 ball widths from the cushion. You can see the spacing I use for the cue ball here too; it's only about 1/2 inch, but this doesn't have to be too precise to make the shot successful. (Figure 1)

Align the cue ball and object ball so they are set up straight into the side pocket. I put the blocker balls a half diamond on the other side of the pocket. You may want to try jumping over something smaller initially, like a shaft or a row of chalk cubes, if you're having trouble clearing a full ball. (Figure 2)

I aim for a 1/2 ball hit on the 3 ball, to the left side. Then, I rotate my cue to hit with maximum right english and a 1/2 tip of top, with almost as much elevation as I feel comfortable with while keeping a pendulum stroke. You have to pop it hard. I like using my break cue for this shot, as long as I can get enough spin on it. Change your initial aim point by 1/2 tip widths (aim just less or just greater than a 1/2 ball) if you're going short or long.

Video: Hurdle and Hook

Video: Hurdle and Hook

Hurdle and Hook

Figure 1

Hurdle and Hook

Figure 2

Tim's Tidbit

This is a great stroke shot I adapted from one of Andy Segal's creations. It's a jump-fouette (or whip) shot. I think this is my new favorite type of shot!