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What is a Stop Shot in Pool?
When the cue ball strikes the object ball during a straight in shot without further movement of the cue ball in any direction.
This Shot is also called:
The stun shot
The Stop Shot
The Kill Shot
It really doesn’t matter what you call the shot so long as we are on the same page. In snooker it is known as the stun shot but in USA pool halls I hear the stop shot being used more often.
I have included a video below…
Why Do We Need the stun Shot ?
The stun shot is the main building block for great position play. It is the starting point for game improvement once you have mastered the basics.
If you want to know where your cue ball is going you need to learn the stun shot.
Once you can stop the cue ball without further movement on a straight shot, you can progress onto shots with an angle.
Tip Position For the Stop Shot
Now Comes the Magic of the stun shot.
By playing angled shots with the same stroke as a stop shot you will ensure that the cue ball travels down the tangent line. In other words, hit the cue ball with the same tip placement and power as you would for a straight shot but this time on an angle shot.
Why is this so Important for Position Play?
The tangent line is a predictable repeatable 90 degree angle. So if you know how to send your white down the tangent line every time you have a solid baseline shot on which to build all of your other positional shots.