Gospel Trick Shot #1 Obstacles ~ by Steve Lillis

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History of the Trick Shot:

This is a spin-off of the “Butterfly
Shot” made famous by Willie Mosconi on the Ed Sullivan Show
in the 1960’s. I saw Jim Rempe add two balls in the front of the
cue ball creating an obstacle. I concluded that this shot would
now represent the obstacles in my life. My good friend, Pastor
Scott Packard in Albany, NY, used a video tape of me doing this
shot and 10 others as part of his weekly APA church league’s 15-
minute devotional. At the time, Scott owned that APA Mohawk
Valley franchise.

GTS Name and Why:

Obstacles – My personal life was full of
obstacles. Having been separated from my wife for 19
1/2 years
taught me to go on and go through the obstacles of my life!

Scripture References in NIV Translation:

Romans 5:3-5; Il
Corinthians 4: 17; James 1:2-8; Proverbs 3:5-6; John 14:27; and
Psalm 31:24. Each one is worth reading in any translation.

Cue Ball Placement:

Place the cue ball as shown and shoot
directly through the center of the butterfly.

Object Ball(s) Placement:

Place the six object balls on the table
first as shown allowing for directional throw in each pocket. Lay
your stick-on table to make sure the center two balls of the
butterfly (6 balls) are centered and about 2/3 of a ball width apart.
Place the two remaining object balls frozen to the cue ball and
headed to the inside of the side pockets.


Pocket all eight balls as shown thereby going through
the obstacles of life.

Special Notes:

Focused concentration on firm center cue ball hit,
straight stoke, and follow through.

Crowd Reactions Through the Years:

This shot has always been a crowd pleaser as people love to see many balls fall in the
pockets. More importantly they really begin to think about the
obstacles in their lives!

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