AzB Silver Member
One thing I found interesting with most of these photos is that I usually try to get my bridge elbow on the table (or rail) for a little more stability, but the pros seem to do that only about half the time. Any comments on whether getting your elbow down is better or worse?
I think if the wrist/palm are off the table, the elbow should be on.
I agree with you about stability. But I think that it largely depends on 2 factors:
1) What size table you are playing on. For example on a snooker table you will probably have plenty of room to put your forearm down; not so on a barbox.
2) Your stance, and in particular your foot position. I stand very square on to the shot, and as a result have quite a lot of weight over my bridge hand. As a result, the 'Segal bridge' is a bit problematical. But many pool players (including Segal) has one foot quite far forward. With this stance, it should be less of an issue, since the front leg can take most of the weight.
Like so many elements of billiard technique, one thing is connected with another ...