There are many types of bridges each of which serves it own purpose. However, the main function of the bridge is to lock your cue stick into a position to minimize unnecessary sideways movement.
The closed bridge (Figure 1) is widely used by many players. Because of the way the cue stick is wrapped around by your fingers, this type of bridge has a few advantages over the open bridge. First, it prevents unnecessary sideways movement of your cue stick thus preventing miscues. It is also better for power shots where you draw your cue as far back as possible. Using a closed bridge allows more control over the movement of your cue stick.
The open bridge (Figure 2) is widely used by newer players mostly because it easier to set your hand for an open bridge than a closed bridge. This type of bridge is useful for soft shots and follow shots.
HOW TO SETUP AN OPEN BRIDGE
- First, lay your hand flat on the table as shown in Figure 3.
- Next, curl your hand upwards to form a peak and move your thumb to close the gap between your pointing finger creating the placeholder or v-groove for your cue stick. See Figure 4.
- Last, spread the rest of your fingers(the middle, ring, and small fingers) to stabilize your bridge hand. Make sure that your hand is planted firmly on the table. Place the cue on top of the v-groove you created. See Figure 5.
DRAW, FOLLOW, AND CENTER HIT USING OPEN BRIDGE