How To Form A Proper Bridge

How To Form A Proper Bridge

How To Form A Proper Bridge
The bridge is crucial to supporting a pool stroke in terms of stabilization and accuracy. Much like any other sport, each player generally has his or her own style of playing. To be sure, we will highlight the different variations of the bridge to help you better your game.

Closed Bridge
With this variation of the bridge, the player’s index finger is wrapped around the cue. First, lay your hand flat on the table and then place the cue in the groove between your thumb and index finger. After this, you must lift your index finger of the cue and secure it in place. You should open up the rest of your fingers for better stability. This prevents any unnecessary movement and actually provides better leverage for powerful and controlled shots.

Open Bridge
To perform an open bridge you must first lay your hand flat on the table. Then, form a peak by curling your hand upwards by slightly bending your knuckles on your index finger and thumb. The goal is to close the gap between your thumb and index finger while forming a V-groove for your cue stick to rest on. After you have established this, spread out your middle, ring, and pinky fingers for better stability. This type of bridge is better for soft or follow shots.

Rail Bridge
This variation is used when the cue ball is too near the side railings to perform your conventional bridges. You simply perform your desired bridge, but rest the tip of the cue against the rail for stability.

Elevated Bridge
The elevated bridge incorporates the open bridge, except with more elevation. These shots are used when a ball is obstructing your contact with the cue ball. Use your index, middle, and pinky fingers to create an angle and v-groove. Meanwhile, your thumb and ring fingers are to be suspended in the air.