Pool and bowling trick shot artists join forces for some mind-boggling tricks

Florian Kohler (previously), aka Venom Trickshots, teamed up with bowling trick shot master Jason Belmonte for some pretty astonishing billiards-bowling hybrid tricks. Read the rest

Great explainer on how glass top pool tables work

Ever since transparent pool tables came on the market, I was curious about how they worked. Elite Innovations' designer Craig Nottage explains. The trick? Vitrik:

The playing surface is called ‘Vitrik’, it is a patented technology by Elite Innovations. It is a coating and mesh multi-layer combination, fixed to the glass, which allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table, plus spin(English) can be applied. It’s highly durable, completely non-toxic and is 96% transparent. Please view our video to see our table in action, you will see that the balls indeed behave as they should.

The Vitrik™ playing surface is durable and will give years of game play, but when it needs to be recovered eventually (just as cloth tables do), please contact us to have it recovered. We offer a 12 month warranty on the playing surface against workmanship. Warranty does not cover wear and tear, or misuse. Only balls supplied by Elite Innovations can be used on the Vitrik surface – though others will not affect the physical properties of the surface, other balls may leave significant, highly visible, burn marks.

Some people learned the hard wayafter shelling out $75K for one of these babies.

Bonus video: table underlit with colored LEDs:

How Does a Glass Top Pool Table Work - FAQ's (YouTube / Elite Innovations Pty Ltd) Read the rest

Pool trickshot artist proves his shots aren't fake with live audience

Florian Kohler, aka Venom, may look like an unassuming guy, but he's one of the greatest living pool trickshot artists. Tired of claims that his videos are faked, he gathered an audience and compiled his five most viewed trickshot videos. Read the rest

The Digicue: a tiny electronic billiards trainer

One thing that’s consistent among amateur pool players is that they unknowingly stand up during their shots. Just as in golf, pool players need to keep their heads down and stay still after they shoot in order to hit straight.

The DIGICUE helps keep shots consistent by letting you know every time you’ve had extra movements that may alter your path. It conditions your play by silently buzzing whenever you’ve moved in an awkward way.

Here are the actions that the DIGICUE is constantly looking for:

Jab strokes – When striking the cue ball, you always want to “strike through” and have the tip a few inches beyond the impact point rather than a quick poke. Steering - This is the action of moving your stick left or right after impact with the cue ball. You want to avoid this because it creates unwanted spin and trajectories. Standing up during your stroke – When this happens, your body can not help but steer the cue ball. Body english – This is when a player moves his body in the direction of where he wants the object ball to go while it’s in motion. Body english is the kiss of death because the more movement you rely on for each shot, the harder it becomes to replicate.

I’ve been playing pool my whole life and I wish the DIGICUE was available decades ago because it would have helped me to learn quicker.  It slips onto any pool cue and you’ll hardly know it’s there because it weighs less than an ounce. Read the rest

Donald Duck taught me how to play billiards

Before the age of YouTube, you cherished the chance to see a rerun—and you had to take notes.

Video: billiards trick shots

Amazing trick shots by Ziemowit Janaszek. Read the rest