Trick Shots by Sarge


(reprinted from June Issue 2003)

by: Ken “Sarge” Aylesworth

Ken "Sarge" Aylesworth

This month we are going to explore one of the harder Disciplines Bank/Kick. My first four articles on Artistic Pool were from the four easier Disciplines. The four easier Disciplines are performed on the first day of our two day, North American Artistic Pool Continental Qualifier for the World Championship. Starting this month I’ll be covering the four harder Disciplines that are performed on the second day, Bank/Kick, July – Stroke, August – Jump, and September – Masse. One of my greatest accomplishments is that I hold the World Record for: Most points scored for the four hardest Disciplines of Artistic Pool (Masse, Jump, Stroke and Bank/Kick), for all continental qualifiers ever held. I set this record in October 2001 during the North American Continental Qualifier held at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California.

Trick Shot Diagram

Onto this month’s shot that had a Degree of Difficulty, (D.O.D.) of 6. Object ball letter coincides with corresponding pocket letter. To set this shot up position the object ball B in the center of the table. The cue ball is placed on the vertical centerline, plus one diamond segment from pocket B. The objective of this shot is to shoot the cue ball to B ball. Object ball B will bank to cushion #4, then to #2 cushion, then back to #4 and finally be made in B pocket. A scratch is allowed. Here are some helpful hints on executing this shot. I use a touch of low and a lot of left English on this shot. I aim the cue ball at ball B for approximately a ¾ ball aim. On this shot you will use a hard stroke. Ball B travels 14 diamonds of distance before being pocketed. If you over cut ball B it won’t reverse back to cushion 4, so pay close attention to what the object ball does. Aim to hit ball B fuller if it doesn’t reverse, or use a little more left English.
Please call me at (206) 719-2695 with your questions.

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Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships, is the current USA Bar Table Champion for 8-Ball and 9-Ball and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver and is sponsored by The Wynkoop, Jacoby Custom Cues and The Colorado Cue Times. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit:


What type of tip do you use on your pool cue?


When I was younger I swore by medium Le Pro pool tips and thought I would never try another brand in my life. Then, A few years ago, my friend and fellow pro Tiffany Nelson asked me to try a “Sniper” made by Tiger Products.  After trying them I have now become an official “Sniper girl” for life! I love them…
Over the years I have tried so many different types of tips and found that layered tips seem to last longer and you don’t miscue as much. Not to say that non-layered tips are not good I just prefer a layered tip.
If you asked any other pro-player the same question they all might respond saying they LOVE their type of tips. ALL players have there own preferences, and there is no right/wrong answer. But what is important to me, is that I don’t wear through tips as fast and I for sure do not want to miscue on every other shot.
There are so many to chose from; Moori, Elk Master, Le Pro, Triangle, Flying Pig, Kamui, Samsara, Stingray, Talisman, Tiger, Water Buffalo, and even Milk Duds. Plus there are soft tips, medium, and hard tips. So, unfortunately you just have to try them all until you find one that works best for you.
Best of luck to you,
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