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02-27-2002, 04:50 PM
Just wondering the ratio of open hand bridge users vs. Closed. And why you think one is better than the other.
The Slim Man
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: MinnesotaSlim:</font><hr> Just wondering the ratio of open hand bridge users vs. Closed. And why you think one is better than the other.<hr></blockquote>
I actually use both methods depending on the shot. For object balls that are close to the cueball I use a closed bridge. For object balls that are far, say slightly more than half a table length, I'll use an open hand bridge. However, when I want to apply a LOT of english (extreme draw, follow or sides) I'll use a closed hand bridge regardless of the distance of the object ball.
Hi Slim, I use the open bridge very little, I find I get better control with the closed bridge. Mikey
I've found that on closed bridges I can get more english imparted to the ball but I lose some of my sight because my finger is in the way. For long shots were its necessary to look down the cue I almost always use an open bridge.
Use them both, when playing very well I'm almost entirely open. When using lots of draw I'll play closed, follow open. Since I'm almost a total feel player it's never known how I'll play a particular shot until I get down on the ball. I guess my left hand is the only one that knows whats about to happen.
Kato~~~thinking maybe R.J. is a little weird.
02-28-2002, 12:33 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: MinnesotaSlim:</font><hr> Just wondering the ratio of open hand bridge users vs. Closed. And why you think one is better than the other. <hr></blockquote>
I use both. Probably open more than closed. What I've noticed is that through the learning process, players will start with an open hand, switch to a closed hand, then once their stroke starts to stay straight, they re-incorporate the open hand. In other words, stable and confident use of the open hand is a sign of advancement.
A ratio should be, IMO, 1:1 for pool players. That is, every player should use both.
02-28-2002, 07:07 PM
I tend to do a lot like Kato described. I use all sorts of variations during a game but it seems that if I am drawing the ball, I use a closed and if following the ball, use an open. Not always but this seems to be the case more so than not. A lot of times, you have to come up with some creative ways to bridge when you are on the rail also. I think most of it comes along in time and experience. Kevin
phil in sofla
02-28-2002, 10:28 PM
Mainly use a closed bridge, maybe 80-20 or so. I think.
With the success of snooker players using an open bridge at all times, at a difficult game, it doesn't seem to be inferior in any significant way, if you learn to use the technique in all situations. They even use an open bridge to stroke a 'deep screw' power draw. Most of us haven't worked enough with it to pull that off reliably.
A couple of shots I used to shoot open bridged I now loop a finger over-- rail shots in general, and jacked up on the rail shots in particular. It's a lot more secure feeling for me, and my accuracy seems a lot better that way.
03-02-2002, 09:51 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: MinnesotaSlim:</font><hr> Just wondering the ratio of open hand bridge users vs. Closed. And why you think one is better than the other.Just curious. The Slim Man <hr></blockquote>
Fred Agnir has the most correct of all the replies. An open bridge is used more that the closed by the Pros and better pool players I have seen. Its not that it improves any aspect of the over all game, its just provides a better view of the shot after the execution. My opinion only..
The closed bridge is a useful choice because you can feel more of the action of the cue. And.. when faced with long draw shots, tightening the closed bridge can be a good tool for reminding yourself that you need to really stroke well.
You must really be low over that cue for a closed bridge to block your view. I tried it myself and and I believe the cue would scrape my eyeball before I lost sight of the tip of my stick.
03-03-2002, 11:56 AM
I shoot primaily closed bridge. Probably, eightyfive percent of the time. Given a choice of drawing or following, I'll draw the ball. I feel more confident with the closed bridge shooting a draw shot. My high english shots need more work. A soft follow is no problem, but extreme follow is dificult for me. I use the open bridge when shooting over another ball or off the rail.
When the cue ball is on the rail and your cue ball speed needs to take you two or more rails (not 100% of the time) close it up. On the break shot, close it up. Extended follow through on draw and follow, close it up. If you miss-cue on certain shots, close it up. If you need more feedback or have alot of squirt on a shot its good to close it up. You always have a choice, open keeps it simple. Like the pros, if your in line alot and close to your object ball you'll use the open alot more. The only time I use the closed bridge "always" is on the break. BF
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