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By Jeanette Lee
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August: Jump for Joy
August 2010
Q. The jump shot isn't permitted in some games, but it's allowed in 9-ball. In general, what are your thoughts on jump shots?
Phil; Mt. Somers, New Zealand

A. I'm a little torn when it comes to this subject. I think jump shots do require real skill - not just jump the cue ball, but to execute to the point of pocketing a ball and playing position, takes a ton of practice. I also think it's super exciting for the general public to watch on TV, which is great for our sport's popularity. On the other hand, from someone that is a true student of the game, I really love the art of kicking. There is so much to it and so much learned from it. And it's also fascinating for an amateur to watch someone kick a ball in or kick safe, although they don't always understand that it was intentional. Jumping has prohibited many players from improving their kicking skills as much as they would if there was no jumping. I see the good of both sides. But at the end of the day, our sport will not survive if we can't keep the fans interested. And if we can skillfully keep them entertained and still enjoy the game we love, then I'm for it.