Creating a Bridge
There are two main types of bridge, the closed bridge and the open bridge. Both have their advantages but most professional players usually go with the closed bridge, so that should tell you something.
The Open Bridge or “V Bridge”
This allows you to see down the cue stick easier, thus allowing for better view of your shot. The most appealing aspect of this hold though is that it can be made by little hands or hands of the maladroit persuasion.
*Maladroit: lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless. Use this word to impress your unskillful friends.
Lay your hand flat on the table
Bend knuckles upward, while keeping fingers on the table.
Move your thumb up against the side of your index finger, and
drop the cue stick into the newly formed V shape.
Now with this hold you want to make sure your four fingers and the heel of your hand are pressed flat against the surface of the pool table.
The Closed Bridge or “The Loop Bridge”
This is much more stable than the open bridge, offers more control, prevents unwanted lifting in the cue stick, allows better follow-through, and it looks a lot cooler.
Lay fist on the table.
Spread three fingers, leaving index finger in the same position.
Lift index and slide thumb underneath.
Turn hand slightly and slide the cue stick in the newfangled hole.
There you have it, everything you need to know about the two most important holds in all of pool.
Though sometimes I will just lay my fist on the table and rest the cue stick in between my index knuckle and middle knuckle. I call this bridge the “lazy-knuckle-hold” but this approach is even more juvenile than the V bridge.
Check out last weeks tips on perfecting stance here.