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Gospel Trick Shot # 6 Be Still ~ by Steve Lillis

History of the Trick Shot: The first time I saw this shot was probably in a trick shot show by the great Hall of Fame pool player Irving Crane from Rochester, NY. I had the privilege of playing in the 1977 World 14.1 Straight Pool Championship with him where he took 4th in his mid-sixties and I took 9th as a 26-year-old. This classic shot was used by many of the game’s greatest players in their trick shot shows.

GTS Name and Why: When I observed that the cue ball in the center of the shot does not move, I thought about how God wants us to be still and reflect on Him. My nickname is “Leapin” and I did not get that name by being still. This shot always reminds me to spend time being still as I seek the Lord.

Scripture References in NIV Translation: Psalm 46:10 says to “Be still and know that I am God;” and also Proverbs 8:34 and Psalm 131:2 say more on the subject.

Cue Ball Placement: Place cue ball in between the two object balls as shown. Use another object ball to replace the cue ball as the ball you strike to set the shot in motion.

Object Ball(s) Placement: As shown in the diagram below.  Click here to view the shot..

Objective: Hit center ball on the third object ball to the outer edge (1/4 ball) of the object ball closest to pocket A. If hit at just the right angle the balls will go in as shown with the cue ball remaining still.

Special Notes: Some cushions play shorter or longer so you can move the three balls left or right on the head rail to make an adjustment. They must always be frozen to the bottom rail and to each other to be successful. A variation to this shot is to place a dime 1/4 inch on the cushion in front of the object ball closest to pocket A. Place a coffee cup 2 inches behind the dime and standing upright on the rail. Shoot the “Be Still” shot in the same way and watch the dime pop up into the cup for added affect.

Crowd Reactions Through the Years: This shot is simple but yet profound. People see the shot and immediately can relate to the principle. When the dime and cup are added it becomes a crowd favorite!

Author: Steve Lillis Editor: Chris Freeman

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