The Bridge

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Rail Bridge

Rail bridges are used whenever the cue ball is too close to the rail and doing any of the normal bridges (open or closed) would be impossible. For this type of bridge you simply lay your cue stick on the rail and use your fingers to stabilize it. There are different types of rail bridges that you will learn as you play the game. Below are some illustrations you can use as reference.

Rail Bridge Examples
Rail Bridge Examples

The Elevated Bridge

The elevated bridge is a variation of the open bridge. You normally use this type of bridge when there is another ball obstructing the cue ball (as shown below). When doing an elevated bridge it is important that you have a stable base for your cue stick. Make sure to balance your hand so that it will not move as you take the shot.

Elevated Bridge Examples
Elevated Bridge Examples

The Mechanical Bridge

And last but not least, there's the mechanical bridge. This is normally used as the last resort whenever it is virtually impossible to use the other types of bridges. A mechanical bridge is normally used for shots that are too far for you to reach. It serves as an extension of your arm.

The Mechanical Bridge
The Mechanical Bridge

Next lesson, How to execute a proper pool stroke.

Video demonstration of the use of mechanical bridge

Video courtesy of Dr. Dave and The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards at www.engr.colostate.edu/pool/

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