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How to do a Proper Hand Bridge with the Pool Cue

How to do a Proper Hand Bridge with the Pool Cue

How do I put the billiard-stick on my left hand when shooting with a hand-bridge? What are the techniques for making a proper hand-bridge when playing pool?

...I'll try to explain what I'm asking a little better:

With your right hand you hold the stick, and you rest the shaft over your left hand. How should your left hand look like (where do you put the cue between fingers)?

How to do a Proper Hand Bridge with the Pool Cue

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  1. LukaKquickshot on 10/6/2009 11:54:11 AM

    Let me explain something. I do not know if you are putting us on or not. I hope not. In another post you inquired about a draw shot, and now I see that you do not even know how to hold a cuestick. Now this would tell me that you are a beginner player and you are putting the cart before the horse. I would suggest that you connect with a real live person who can explain the basics to you. If you have been playing, the bridge hand would have been the first thing you developed. Take one step at a time.

  2. LukaKFenwick on 10/6/2009 11:55:45 AM

    It sounds like you have just started playing pool and you're asking either how to hold the shaft with a open or closed bridge. You also sound very young? Maybe someone else can explain it in words but I'm better helping someone hands on. What I'm saying is you need someone to show you how and for them to do it in person. A mentor or instructor. If you can catch some pool on T.V you can see how the pros do it. Mitch, a member on this sight and has a very good way with words. Maybe he can help.

  3. LukaKMitch Alsup on 10/6/2009 1:01:50 PM

    The bridge hand (when the cue ball is not near rail):

    1. The thumb and index finger are used to control the position of the shaft over the middle finger.
    2. The middle finger and the other two fingers are spread apart and placed firmly on the felt/cloth
    3. The wrist is bent so that the pinkie is at forward as the adjacent finger on the felt/cloth
    4. The thumb is used to control how far off the felt the shaft rides
    5. The index finger is used to control how tight the shaft moves through the three finger bridge
    6. You are using the bridge hand as your third leg and it has significant pressure on the felt/cloth. This provides a third point of support for your body and increases accuracy of the stroke
    7. The wrist should not be on the cloth (and should not be broken)
  4. LukaKquickshot on 10/6/2009 7:40:48 PM

    Nice attempt Mitch, but I still think he is better of with a real person showing him. Your instructions, all though well meaning, could read like Greek to him if he is a beginner.

  5. LukaKLukaK on 10/6/2009 11:42:36 PM

    Yeah, I am a beginner :)

    I watched O'Sullivan and some other guy playing snooker yesterday, and I think I got it (Mitch also helped, thanks), but still.... can someone post a picture (if u know where to find it) of the left hand while playing billiards?

  6. LukaKquickshot on 10/7/2009 5:55:00 AM

    If you had mentioned that in the beginning we could approached it from a different perspective. One question: do you have a cuestick and where did you get it and where do you play?

    Another question: How old are you? It helps to know this if you are a beginner.

  7. LukaKLukaK on 10/9/2009 11:28:33 AM

    I'm (only) 13 :)

    And unfortunately I don't have a chance to play much, maybe once in a week (sometimes twice). Don't have a cue-stick or a pool table..... :)

    I only play in a caffe-bar.... unfortunately.

    But still I'd like to learn.

    And one more thing ('cause I'm not from USA) - what's the difference between pool and billiard?

  8. LukaKquickshot on 10/9/2009 12:20:22 PM

    Can I ask where you you live. And please be patient and we will try to gather some good info for you.

  9. LukaKMitch Alsup on 10/9/2009 12:32:16 PM
  10. LukaKquickshot on 10/9/2009 1:34:54 PM

    Okay, to begin with, when you first log on and you see the green bar on the top you will see billiards, billiard tips, billiard rules and a host of other things. By clicking on one of them thery will take you to a whole wealth of infomation that you can read and learn from. That is a good place to begin. Do not expect any magic moments, only info to ans your questions. If you play in a caffe is there not someone who can help you? That is the best way to learn.

  11. LukaKLukaK on 10/10/2009 1:35:57 AM

    I'm from Croatia (do you know where it is?)

  12. LukaKkellystick on 10/14/2009 4:25:04 PM

    Go to youtube.com and query billiards, pool etc.

    You can see al sorts of pool there.

    There are also lots of pool basic lessons there (videos).

    Go to the library, get some books on pool or billiards.

    Watch others at the Cafe you play at.

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How to do a Proper Hand Bridge with the Pool Cue

  • Title: How to do a Proper Hand Bridge with the Pool Cue
  • Author: (Luka Kukurin)
  • Published: 10/6/2009 9:09:37 AM
  • Last Updated: 10/6/2009 9:49:00 AM
  • Last Updated By: LukaK (Luka Kukurin)