Summary: Billiards Digest March, 2011
David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"VEPS GEMS - Part XV: The Jump Shot"
Note: Supporting narrated video (NV) demonstrations, high-speed video (HSV) clips, and
technical proofs (TP), and all of my past articles, can be accessed and viewed online at
billiards.colostate.edu. The reference numbers used in the article help you locate the
resources on the website. If you have a slow or inconvenient Internet connection, you
might want to view the resources from a CD-ROM or DVD. Details can be found online
This is my fifteenth article based on the "The Video Encyclopedia of Pool Shots (VEPS)," an
instructional DVD series I recently created with past BD columnist and good friend Tom Ross.
VEPS contains 750 shot types and principles within 50 main categories and 5 major areas. An
outline of the entire VEPS series and video excerpts from each DVD can be viewed online at: dr-
dave-billiards.com/veps. In recent months, we've looked at various systems for aiming one-rail,
two-rail, and three-rail kick shots, all from the fourth DVD: "VEPS IV - Banks, Kicks, and
Advanced Shots." Over the next few months, we'll look at selected shots and techniques from
the last DVD: "VEPS V Skill and Specialty Shots."
This month, let's look at the jump shot, a very important tool/weapon in the arsenal of a
competitive pool player. A jump shot is sometimes required when you leave yourself hooked or
when your opponent accomplishes the same with a safety. With some cue ball (CB) positions, a