Jeremy Jones was commentating and said, “I’ve told my students this shot requires a closed bridge but I’ve never told anyone this shot requires an open bridge.”
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No. The differences are purely preference....are there shots than can only be done with a closed bridge vs an open bridge that aren't weird bridging issues (like masse shots, certain rail shots)?
I learned the game as a kid playing snooker exclusively. I had to force myself to use a closed bridge.
On certain shots when I need to spin the ball aggressively or when I'm stretched out over the table I use a closed bridge. Probably 80% open.
Guys like Appleton and Zielinski who exclusively use the open bridge are uncommon.