How to Use A Bridge Stick in Pool
I don’t care how tall you are, one day you are going to have to use a bridge or “Granny stick” as they are “affectionately” called. So, it is in your best interest to learn how to use one. Most people refuse to pick up a bridge and use it because players, even the best, somehow think it makes them look like a weak player. If you know how to use a bridge it actually floors players that you know how to use one.
I stand 5’9” so I don’t need a bridge very often but I am not ashamed to use one. I would choose to use a bridge rather than give a game away. So, as if it’s not alien enough to be shooting with an extension of your arm by using a cue stick, now I’m trying to tell you that you should shoot with what feels like an extra appendage? Kind of feels like you’re Jabba the Hut huh? It’s not as complicated as it may seem.
Go find the bridge. Take it and line up your pool stick with the bridge. Do you know why there are all those different little cups in the bridge top? Those are designed for your English, left, right, you get the picture. So, line up your shot just as if you were shooting it natural. When you set your hand down on the felt to take a shot it is called your bridge. Well the only difference is you are using an extension of your own natural bridge…hence the name bridge stick. So line up the shot and try not to think about the fact that you are using an unnatural extension of your own bridge.
Line up the shot. You are going to have to be steady. Once you have your shot lined up the way you would do it as if you were shooting with your own bridge, lay the bridge stick against the table. Don’t touch it! Leave it lying on the table and maneuver your stick into position and shoot. Be careful not to knock the bridge out of place. I see players, myself included, that are so comfortable with a bridge that I can hold it and maneuver a shot while moving the bridge around. For a person just learning to use a bridge it’s best just to line up the shot and set the bridge down.
When you get comfortable enough using a bridge stick you will understand how to maneuver a cue stick and a bridge together without feeling like an idiot. It is my best suggestion to you that you learn how to use a bridge and be comfortable with it. I don’t mean to be rude but didn’t we, as both male and female, have to learn how to put a condom on? Well, a bridge stick is protection against those shots you can’t reach and can cause you to lose a very good game. I’m just saying.