Nothing’s more upsetting than a scratch or driving your cue into your nice billiards table, scuffing up the cloth. If this sounds like a common occurrence, then it’s time to check your bridge.
The main purpose of the bridge is to secure your cue stick, minimizing any unnecessary lateral movement. A good option for beginners is always a mechanical bridge; for more seasoned players, the open and closed bridges – made using their own hands – are the way to go.
- Solid grip on the cue; minimal side-to-side movement
- Can draw cue stick back farther for power shots
The Set Up:
- Make a fist with your non dominant hand and lay it on the table
- Place cue on top of the bridge hand
- Open your forefinger and wrap it around the cue shaft
- Tighten your index finger around the cue and open your unused fingers, spreading them to make your bridge hand stable. Take your shot!
The Open Bridge
- Great for beginners, easier to set hand
- Recommended for follow shots and soft shots as there’s a less obstructed view and a larger range of bridge heights.
- Lay non-dominant hand flat on the table
- Curl hand to form peak and move thumb to close gap between thumb and forefinger. Keep thumb angled upward, creating a groove for your cue stick
- Spread middle, rink and pinkie fingers to stabilize your bridge.
- Place the cue stick on top of the groove you created. Aim and shoot!
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