Billiards Hand Bridges

Hi folks! In this post, I will show an image that’s in regards to the 3 bridges in shooting pool: 2 open bridges (one high and one low) and 1 closed bridge. The purpose of using any of these bridge positions is to lock your cue stick into position to minimize unnecessary sideways movement.Hand BridgesI have also included a video below on how this is performed. I hope you liked this post, and please share this on social media. I have a question to ask, what kind of bridge do you use in shooting pool? I look forward to hearing what you all have to say in the comments section below the video. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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    Great article on bridges you have here! Your bridge says a lot about your ability to play, of course you have to start somewhere.
    I am teaching my niece how to play and she is struggling with the closed bridge. Do you have any tips that may aid me in teaching her? Anything that may help her become more comfortable using the ridge?

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      Hi there, Brendon! I hope all is well with you. I feel that the closed bridge is the most easiest of the hand bridges to master. At least that’s how I feel about it. To provide tips on how to teach your niece to master that technique is to have the palm of the hand to be flat on the table with the little, ring, and middle finger to be spread out. Also, the index finger must be wrapped around the cue with enough space (not too loose and not too tight). Perhaps this video can help.

      To help her to become more comfortable using that bridge hold is to use it continuously. This will, in turn, lead to second nature. Thus, being comfortable. I hope this helps.


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    This is a really helpful post, I mean I’m fully aware of these different bridges and I’m very comfortable with my general cue holding technique when I’m playing pool or snooker.

    But I’m wondering in your experience which bridge would you say is the best for a beginner to pick up? My part we is reading your post with me and she is wondering 🙂

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      Hello Marley! I would like to thank you for commenting and finding this post helpful. To answer your question, I feel that the closed bridge is easier for a beginner to pick up. As explained in the video, if you’re using an English cue, it is best to use the open bridge as the shape from the mid part of the cue stick to the end (the part where you rub chalk on) has an inconsistent shape (it gets smaller) as it glides through the fingers. This causes the cue to be moving about, and it’s likely that you won’t be having much control over it.

      For the American cue, the dimensions are different. From the mid part of the cue to the end has the same (consistent) shape. The closed bridge would be ideal in this situation. And, it’s very likely that the cue wouldn’t be moving about. I hope I have answered your question. I feel it’s best to use the closed bridge wherever you see a cue stick that has the same thickness from the midpoint to the end. Otherwise, use the open bridge. I hope this helps. Please get in contact with me if you have any other questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Cheers!

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