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Basic Bridge Techniques for aiming a cuestick by Kenny Ash The Open Hand Bridge Technique:
Lay your hand on the table and fan out your fingers about one inch apart from each other. Raise your knuckles up and bring your thumb to just below your pointing finger, creating a "V" like valley for your cue to rest in. The Open bridge is my personal preference most of the time. Although, different shots can dictate different usage of the bridge.
Allowing the cue to flow freely w/little resistance is the idea. (for some, this requires talc powder or a shooting glove typically based on things like humidity). As you can see to the left, I have two pictures to help you better understand what the open hand bridge actually looks like. Notice the fingers spider out and brace the hand into place allow the bridged cue almost no motion when stroking the cue back and forth. I prefer my palm braced on the table when using the open bridge hand. Some players use fingers as well for additional hand stance stability.
The Closed Hand Bridge Technique
Once again, you lay your hand on the table and fan out your fingers are about one inch apart from each other.
This time raise the palm of your hand close your pointing finger around the shaft of the cue touching the thumb area. (see left hand picture)
The idea is to keep your palm straight in line with your arm while bracing your "bridge" into position with your three fingers as a tripod.
This bridge was originally taught to me by my father. Some people choose to float the back of the palm while executing shots, others like the palm braced on the table. Again, this is a matter of shot preference and/or perspective in using what works for you. The only real reason I prefer an open bridge is my dislike of extra finger area on the cue. There are times I completely depend on a closed bridge, it really depends on the shot & lay of the table.