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Video:How to Perform a Jump Shot in Pool

with Tony Robles

This About.com video demonstrates how to perform a jump shot, so you can learn to maneuver your cue ball, for that perfect, winning shot.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Perform a Jump Shot in Pool

Hi, my name is Tony Robles, here at Amsterdam Billiards for About.com, and I'm going to show you how to shoot a jump shot in pool.

What is a Jump Shot?

Basically, a jump shot is when you jump the cue ball over an object ball or a ball that's blocking you from a potential shot that's anywhere around the table.

Overview of Jump Shots

Professional players use a different cue for jump shots, it's actually a much shorter cue. A standard cue is anywhere from 57-58 inches to a jump which is 40 inches. And the jump cue I have here today is made by a company called Predator Cues, which is the number one cue stick company in the world. And this standard cue here weighs about 18 1/2 ounces, whereas this one weighs about 6 ounces. The reason why I use a lighter cue is so that way. When I go at a downward stroke (or downward angle), I have more acceleration as I'm going forward with the cue stick, therefore increasing the chances of jumping the cue ball off the playing surface.

When to use a Jump Shot

A jump shot is legal if you strike the cue ball in the center or below. Or you can even hit it slightly above the center. But it is illegal to strike the cue ball as low as possible, because now you're no longer hitting the cue ball with the tip of the cue stick---you're hitting it with the ferrule--which is this area right here.

How to Perform a Jump Shot

So this how you perform a jump shot: again, you line it up, elevate it about a forty five degree angle, move your head closer by bending the elbow...one, two, three...

And that's how you perform a jump shot. Thanks for watching, and for more information, please visit About.com.

 

 

 

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