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A Solid Bridge Is Indispensable In Pool

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A Solid Bridge Is Indispensable In Pool

By Ernie Reynolds

I’m always looking for ways to consistently shoot pool well. As I play, I take note of any shots I miss and analyze if I am doing something wrong. I noticed something recently.

I missed a couple easy shots that I would normally make without much effort. The thing was, my shots were way off – I missed the pocket completely with the object ball.

On my next shot after one of these misses, I began my usual practice of going over the basics when I am missing – checking my stance, stroke, how I was hitting the cue ball, if I was bending over enough, etc. It was then that noticed that my bridge was kind of loose and sloppy.

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I mostly use the closed bridge when possible, as I feel that it provides the most secure grasp of the pool shaft. The index finger and thumb wrap around the shaft to hold it in place firmly but still allow it to slide for the stroke.

The problem was I wasn’t closing the index finger around the shaft tight enough, and the shaft had some sideways play during the stroke. As a result, when I took the shot, the cue tip was contacting the cue ball somewhere other than the center of the ball, causing the shot to veer off course.

Subsequently, on my next shots I paid attention to this little detail and grasped the shaft more firmly. Problem solved. I sometimes slide my middle finger up against the shaft while using this bridge to help firm up the grasp on the pool shaft.

The fingers of the bridge hand need to have a solid hold on the pool shaft to avoid this problem of the shaft floating around. The bridge MUST remain absolutely still so that the end of the shaft doesn’t move around and affect the tip hit on the cue ball.

I use hand chalk so I can get a firm grip, while still allowing the shaft to slide easily for the pool stroke. Some people prefer using a pool glove for the same reason.

Another aspect of the bridge I might mention is the support for the bridge. The three fingers that support the bridge should be splayed as far apart as possible to provide a rock-solid base. If your cue tip is wavering around because of a weak bridge it is almost impossible to hit the cue ball correctly and consistently, resulting in a lot of missed shots.

I observe many beginner pool players forming a shaky bridge. Their fingers are often not spread out enough to provide a solid base for the bridge, and they don’t grip the cue shaft firmly enough to prevent the tip from moving around.

This is a major stumbling block to their successful shot making. I try, whenever possible, to take the thirty seconds necessary to show them how to form a solid, strong bridge.

If you are not sure of what a solid bridge looks like, take a look at this page on my Pool For Beginners.com site. The pictures there can show much more easily than can be explained the proper way to form a good bridge.

Get the Most From Your New Billiards Table

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Get the Most From Your New Billiards Table

Get the Most From Your New Billiards Table

By Matt Jackson

Modern billiards tables can come in a wide range of different shapes, sizes, and designs and with reasonable care and attention they should last for many years to come. By choosing the best table, covering it when not in use, and cleaning the cloth and wood at regular intervals you can help ensure that your new billiard table continues to look its best and keeps offering the best playing experience possible for you, your family, and guests whenever you want a quick game.

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Choose The Right Table

Choosing the right table is the first step to a lifetime of enjoyment. There are a number of aspects to consider. While the felt and even the rails, although to a lesser extent, can be replaced if necessary in the future, the bed of the table and the actual legs and frame are considerably more expensive and more difficult to replace. For this reason, you should concentrate on finding billiard tables that use the best materials.

Slate Bed Or Non Slate Bed

Slate bed isn’t just considered the best material because of how well it plays but because it will last a lifetime. Where wood and synthetic materials can become damaged even through regular but normal use, slate will not bend, chip, splinter, or warp even following just regular use and a number of people leaning across the table to play long shots. Even liquid spillage will have a considerably less damaging effect, as it will run off the slate without warping.

Table Material

The material used for the construction of the table legs and frame is as important as the choice of bed material. A sub-standard frame will not be able to take the weight of regular use and will certainly struggle under the weight of a good 1″ thick slate bed. In contrast, the use of hardwood provides a strong and robust frame and support for the table and users as well as incredible looking designs that you can’t get in MDF or synthetic materials.

Caring For The Felt

The cloth is an important part of the billiard table and while you can pay to have a table recovered, doing so on a regular basis will mean that the cost will soon add up. To negate the need to do this, you should look after the felt as much as possible. If your table included a felt cloth then you should use this before and after playing to remove any dirt or other debris that might get caught and rip or otherwise damage the cloth.

Covering Your Table

Another method of felt care is to add an opaque pool table cover when it is not in use. The cover sits over the top of the table and prevents dust and dirt from getting in. A coloured cloth that doesn’t allow the light to get through will also prevent the felt from discolouring under bright lights.

Choosing A Billiard Table That Will Last A Lifetime

Strong slate bed tables can be used regularly and routinely for playing any form of pool or billiards. They’re strong enough to safely take the weight of a player leaning over to play long shots and they are even resilient to atmospheric changes. Damp, extreme cold and warm conditions will not have the same detrimental effect on a slate table as they would on a wooden table or a synthetic one.

Pool tables from Bullz.ca combine slate beds with hardwood frames, leather pockets, and other high quality materials. Visit the Bullz website to see our extensive range of great quality, affordable billiard tables.

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