THE PASSING CAROM SHOT STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com
Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.
This month’s shot is another very useful one to know as the principle it is based on may help you win any pool game. Let’s suppose we have the 9-ball hanging in front of side pocket B. Our CB is by pocket D, at about one ball distance from the long rail and half ball from the pocket’s right point (the blue-dotted line). The lowest numbered Object Ball (the Red ball in the diagram) is situated in front of the CB, at about one ball + 1” from the long rail at the first diamond. We could try to slice the OB to the right and shoot a combo on the 9-Ball, but I can guarantee you that it would be easier and would give us a better chance of success to slice the OB to the left but, at the same time, use a lot of draw on the CB: use a smooth follow through, a 6-o’clock, 2.5 tips of English and a 2-speed stroke. The CB, after cutting the OB thin, will hit the rail and curve as a result of the backward spin. It will then proceed towards the 9-Ball and precede the OB, likely pocketing the 9-Ball before the latter can interfere with the shot. During trick shot competitions, it is indeed F mandatory to pocket both the 9-Ball and the OB in the same side pocket. Remember to not shoot too hard in order to give the time to the CB’s spin to grab. What a cute shot!
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