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arnaldo
07-27-2016, 09:28 PM
Even Efren’s opponent, Strickland loved it and knew this remarkable shot meant victory for Efren. Score was 12-12 in race-to-13 final. Efren was in deep trouble and came with this zigzag beauty (the now-famous Z-shot from 1995’s Sands Regency Open 9-ball).

https://youtu.be/a6G_RnPh1yw

A sheer dazzler that received a standing ovation from all the lucky folks in attendance.
Earl’s sportsmanship on this occasion was almost as remarkable as Efren's shot. Earl later told a billiards magazine reporter: “That shot will become part of pool history."

Arnaldo

westcoast
07-27-2016, 09:56 PM
Was this a finals match?

PoolBum
07-27-2016, 09:57 PM
I think we should repost a link to this video each year on the anniversary of Efren's shot. It may be the most famous shot in the history of pool.

IIRC, I believe Earl said that Keith McCready once made this shot against him before Efren did as well.

PoolBum
07-27-2016, 10:01 PM
Was this a finals match?

Yes, it was the finals of the Sands Regency Open 21 in 1995, and it was hill-hill.

HawaiianEye
07-27-2016, 10:31 PM
He got lucky! :)

TX Poolnut
07-28-2016, 05:48 AM
It's been referred to as "the shot heard around the world" and rightfully so. :)

asiasdad
07-28-2016, 09:04 AM
Each time this shot gets posted I will watch it 3-5 times
and never get tired of it. I agree with posting it on each anniversary.

Nine ... corner
07-28-2016, 10:40 AM
Each time this shot gets posted I will watch it 3-5 times
and never get tired of it. I agree with posting it on each anniversary.

I agree 100% ... sheer magic!

phil dade
07-28-2016, 05:58 PM
So where is it to view? I do not see a link.

12squared
07-28-2016, 06:25 PM
here's a link to the kick of the century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxZtYALqIrE

Dave

michael4
07-28-2016, 06:36 PM
not a safety either, he left the CB in the middle of the table....

jcpoolgod
07-28-2016, 07:28 PM
that was the sickest shot I've ever seen!!

GoldCrown
07-28-2016, 07:48 PM
Thanks for posting.

phil dade
07-29-2016, 12:46 AM
here's a link to the kick of the century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxZtYALqIrE

Dave

thanks for posting. Just wow!

BilliardsAbout
07-29-2016, 06:48 AM
Ah, this shot is old news. I saw it in '87, Lauria vs. McCready!

alstl
07-29-2016, 06:58 AM
I like this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W7E_-e9XNE

Bigredford4me
07-29-2016, 07:50 AM
What a shot! I was just telling my 21 year old son about this shot and was really surprised he had already seen it.

westcoast
07-29-2016, 09:09 AM
Even his opponent, Strickland loved it and knew this remarkable shot meant victory for Efren. Score was 12-12 in race-to-13 final. Efren was in deep trouble and came with this zigzag beauty. A sheer dazzler that received a standing ovation from all the lucky folks in attendance.

Earl’s sportsmanship on this occasion was almost as remarkable as Efren's shot. Earl later told a billiards magazine reporter: “That shot will become part of pool history."

Arnaldo

If that shot happened against Earl now, he probably would storm out yelling "lucky shot".

In reality, that was definitely a great shot, but Efren did have to get somewhat lucky to hit the ball in the exactly correct spot

arnaldo
07-29-2016, 05:30 PM
If that shot happened against Earl now, he probably would storm out yelling "lucky shot".

In reality that was definitely a great shot, but Efren did have to get somewhat lucky to hit the ball in the exactly correct spot
WC: If you listen the post-match interview with Efren at the 4:14 point of the Z-shot clip in my post #1:

https://youtu.be/a6G_RnPh1yw

. . . you hear Efren himself acknowledge (with his characteristic and admirable modesty) that some luck was obviously involved, but his always-present ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness were big factors in this humble genius's *envisioning* of a possibility that few other players might have perceived under the circumstances (and then go on to skillfully execute).

Only a ten-percent pocketing possibility for sure, and as he said, he was realistically just hoping for a good hit that would leave Earl somewhat safe (if possible) after CB/OB contact.

Arnaldo

westcoast
07-29-2016, 05:41 PM
WC: If you listen the post-match interview with Efren at the 4:14 point of the Z-shot clip in my post #1:

https://youtu.be/a6G_RnPh1yw

. . . you hear Efren himself acknowledge (with his characteristic and admirable modesty) that some luck was obviously involved, but his always-present ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness were big factors in this humble genius's *envisioning* of a possibility that few other players might have perceived under the circumstances (and then go on to skillfully execute).

Only a ten-percent pocketing possibility for sure, and as he said, he was realistically just hoping for a good hit that would leave Earl somewhat safe (if possible) after CB/OB contact.

Arnaldo
I totally agree that it took enormous ability to even hit the ball. Efren is such a smart player

PoolBum
07-29-2016, 05:47 PM
Only a ten-percent pocketing possibility for sure, and as he said, he was realistically just hoping for a good hit that would leave Earl somewhat safe (if possible) after CB/OB contact.

I'd have to say the chances of pocketing that shot are much less than 10%.

Personally, I think the serendipity involved only adds to the greatness of the shot.

"For some players, luck itself is an art." -TCOM

arnaldo
07-29-2016, 09:19 PM
I'd have to say the chances of pocketing that shot are much less than 10%.
Interesting and likely correct assessment, PB, and which leads to an idle thought experiment:

Efren shoots the shot 100 consecutive times and likely pockets the ball perhaps 6 or 7 times using the same stroke and CB spin each time. If he fine tunes the speed and spin as he gets the feel of the shot he likely pockets the ball 10 or 15 times.

A moderately advanced AZB-er (B player?) attempts the shot 100 times and pockets the ball perhaps 3 times? Who knows.

Efren in the clip is shooting the shot -- cold, under great pressure, and on his first and only attempt that day -- and to everyone's amazement including his own delighted self -- pockets the ball clean into the pocket. There's the amazing and rare historicity of this unique occasion.

He's undoubtedly shot thousands of two-long-rails kick shots before this 1995 tournament, but not under these hill-hill major tournament (for that time period) final match circumstances.

I think everyone agrees he's definitely one the all-time greatest all around players we've ever seen.

Arnaldo