How to Play Pool : Various Bridges on the Game of Pool: Online Billiards Lessons for Beginners

Uploaded by expertvillage on 19.11.2007

This is Richard on behalf of, I'm going to show you continuation on two
basic bridges that you will encounter during your pool playing games. We cover the close
bridge on the last one, this one we will show the open bridge. Open bridge is basically
you are setting up the same way as you do for the close bridge. You are going to start
off with your hand flat on the table, supporting yourself, form a V with your thumb sticking
up a little bit and you get the little V and your are setting your cue ball in there and
all we are doing is cuing the ball from there, you are just sliding across the thumb area.
The thing about this bridge is a lot of people prefer this bridge especially on longer shots,
it seems to give you a better aiming lining. You have the close bridge the knuckle a lot
of times because a lot of people will cue down and they will get very low on their cue
and you are looking over and you are seeing your knuckle and this other way you are seeing
nothing but ball as you are making another shot. The other bridge that I want to cover
is where you are shotting close to along the rail. Your cue ball is sitting back close
the rail, you are shooting across, you are approaching the ball, if you go into a close
bridge you are actually going to be shooting way up on top of the ball, if you are shooting
off the open bridge you are going to still be shooting over across the ball, if you want
to try to hit the center you are going to have to raise up. Raising up is not a good
idea, you always want to try to keep your cue level as possible. What you do in this
situation is you set your ball, you set your cue right on the rail, you come in, you form
you tuck your thumb underneath and you just kind of wrap your two fingers right over the
ball your shaft goes up right up against your finger and your other finger and you just
set yourself and you are shotting right off the rail. The rail itself is your bridge and
all your bridge hand is doing in this case is supporting your cue.