Is this the best snooker shot EVER? Trapped behind the black, Louis Heathcote uses the pocket’s jaws to reach the yellow … and POTS IT!
- Louis Heathcote shot one of the best shots in snooker history last week
- Heathcote tried to qualify for the World Cup against Ryan Day
- But he was snooker, positioned behind the black ball on the bottom pillow
- He hit the ball off the jaws of the pocket and bounced back at a 90 degree angle
- The cue ball then hit yellow and hit the top pocket
Louis Heathcote produced arguably the best snooker shot in the game’s history last weekend when he somehow potted after whitening the ball from the pocket’s jaws.
During his World Cup qualifier with Ryan Day in Sheffield on Sunday, Heathcote appeared to be in a corner he couldn’t get out of.
When he won 4-3, Heathcote found himself in the unenviable position of snooker, positioned behind the black ball on the pillow.
Louis Heathcote produced arguably the best snooker shot in the history of the game
Heathcote appeared in a corner he couldn’t get out of with the white ball behind the black
After weighing his options, Heathcote let fly right down the bottom to the pocket
Miraculously, the ball hit the jaws of the lower right pocket and bounced off between them
After hitting the jaws of the pocket, the cue ball shot out at an angle of almost 90 degrees
Somehow the cue ball hit the yellow ball and saved him a penalty in the tense qualifying match
Then the yellow can also be shot into the bag to miraculously release Heathcote
With very little room to dig himself out of the problem, Heathcote weighed in on his options.
The white ball was placed so tightly against the black ball that every shot was a serious problem.
But, disregarding a possible penalty, Heathcote let fly directly past the bottom cushion of the table to the pocket.
Miraculously, the ball hit the jaws of the lower right pocket and shot out at an angle of almost 90 degrees.
Somehow the white not only hit the yellow ball and saved him a penalty, it also shot the yellow into the pocket to give Heathcote a miraculous breakaway.
Heathcote played a World Cup qualifier with Ryan Day in Sheffield
Heathcote appeared to joke on Twitter that he ‘can’t believe’ people thought it was a fluke
After taking one of the best snooker shots, Heathcote barely looked when he potty it. He didn’t mean it, did he?
He certainly seemed to suggest he did that on Twitter, posting after the game, ‘I can’t believe everyone is saying it was a fluke.’
Heathcote also retweeted Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who simply posted ‘Woah’ in response to a video of the accidental recording.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t build on the massive luck he got and failed to clear the colors in that frame, meaning Day was able to level the encounter at 4-4.
It was Day who then advanced to the next round, winning a nerve-racking final frame decider to advance to the final stage of qualifying.
Fans wondered if it was intentional from Heathcote, though they had to think it was luck
Fans wondered if it was intentional from Heathcote, though most argued it was pure luck.
A Twitter user wrote: ‘Definitely a billion to a fluke, but I say if a player plays a good shot to hit the ball, he deserves a little luck. He was absolutely lucky. ‘
Another added: ‘There was no way he could have predicted which line the cue ball would have taken after rattling in the jaw. Although it was the shot played, it was a fluke that he put it in the pot. ‘
‘100 percent coincidence. Probably a chance in a million! ‘, One fan tweeted while another said,’ Would have been better if he intended to! ‘.
But in a poll of Eurosport UK’s Twitter account, in which 2,895 people voted, 52.8 percent voted that it intended to succeed, and 47.2 percent insisted it was a fluke.