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Bob Callahan
09-23-2010, 09:55 PM
Before the powers that be kick me off for the last poll....

softshot
09-23-2010, 10:08 PM
I only use a closed bridge if I am forced into it.

my sight lines are much better with an open bridge..

I even power draw with an open bridge :cool::cool:

muddawg
09-23-2010, 10:11 PM
open bridge a vast majority of the time

Blue Hog ridr
09-24-2010, 12:09 AM
I used to have a problem using a closed bridge.
Maybe in part because I have smaller hands. It felt uncomfortable.
I forced myself to practice with a closed and will use it whenever possible.
More control when drawing, using English or need to put some serious spin on the ball.

I will use open when doing a difficult cut shot from across the table and need my line of sight to be as clean as possible.

I guess by now it just comes natural and I don't think about it too much.
The shot itself dictates closed or open and I naturally fall into it.

If I had to think about a percentage, I'd guess at 70% closed and 30% open most times.

thintowin
09-24-2010, 04:34 AM
closed unless the table or situation calls for an open bridge. Cueball near the rail, or breaking with the cueball positioned near the rail where a modified two finger bridge can be very helpfull. I keep diffent types of bridges in My "toolbox" for different occasions.

KoolKat9Lives
09-24-2010, 05:02 AM
Open bridge, unless (primarily) it's a power stroke. As mentioned, due to better sighting. I use the open bridge even more so during summertime when things get a little more sticky.

Winston846
09-24-2010, 05:54 AM
Closed, but want to convert to open. Most of the top players I see use an open bridge. I have larger than normal hands (my shaft is custom made to 14mm - anything smaller and I feel like I'm holding a pencil), so I think an open bridge will benefit me.

pooltchr
09-24-2010, 08:10 AM
I didn't vote because I use both. Different shots call for different bridges. You have to recognize which bridge is best for the shot, and be comfortable using whichever one is called for.

Steve

NewStroke
09-24-2010, 08:16 AM
Mostly open since I put a .45 slug through my bridgehand.

bobroberts
09-24-2010, 08:16 AM
I didn't vote because I use both. Different shots call for different bridges. You have to recognize which bridge is best for the shot, and be comfortable using whichever one is called for.

Steve

Best response yet. I started with a closed bridge and switched to open. Now it's mainly closed again unless the shot, calls for open.
Sounds confusing:confused:

tom mcgonagle
09-24-2010, 08:22 AM
I use an open bridge as much as possible. If I'm not asking a lot of the cue-ball I stay with the open bridge.

On shots I'm asking a lot of the cue-ball, such as, long follow or draw shots I use a closed brigde so when I follow through my cue still stays as level as possible.

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the420trooper
09-24-2010, 08:46 AM
Mostly open since I put a .45 slug through my bridgehand.

Now why would you do that? :confused:

OT, I use both. It's not really something I think about, I just go with whatever feels right for each shot.

Fenwick
09-24-2010, 08:48 AM
Can't vote. I use both.

MitchAlsup
09-24-2010, 11:38 AM
One time, I counted up the number of different bridges I use rather regularly. About 70% of them are closed--and there are at least 17 different bridges I use regularly.

You end up using whatever brigde is appropriate for the shot at hand.

Scott Lee
09-24-2010, 02:07 PM
ditto...in pool school we teach 5 different bridges, used for different situations. Open and closed are most common...and good players swap back and forth all the time.

Scott Lee
www.poolknowledge.com

I didn't vote because I use both. Different shots call for different bridges. You have to recognize which bridge is best for the shot, and be comfortable using whichever one is called for.

Steve

Rethunk
09-24-2010, 03:10 PM
Pool & billiards: closed
Snooker: open

m79a
09-24-2010, 03:24 PM
Use both depending on situation.

Cdryden
09-24-2010, 03:34 PM
I think the shot dictates the type of bridge. It would be a mistake IMO to only use one type of bridge.