PoolSchool: The Bridge. ~ Boris Vidakovic {Part 4}

Open Rail Bridge

When you are in the situation that the cue ball is too close to the rail or on the rail, it is very hard to use a closed rail bridge, so we have to use an open rail bridge.

Please notice that word “rail” is part of the name of this type of bridge. So whenever you can, try to keep your shaft in contact with a rail while at the same time in contact with the cue ball, and also after contact in your follow through. If you do this you will have better contact with that small part of the cue ball you can hit, and also you will avoid miscuing which can often occur in these situations.

Don’t forget that “Chalk is free!” so chalk well before any shot on cue ball that is frozen to the rail.

This position minimizes our potential to spin the ball with left or right english, so if possible try to avoid english in these situations. If you have to apply english, then be aware that top spin english can curve the cue ball path very quickly and causes squirt in side of the given english technique. Also on close range, deflection will occur too.

Let me introduce you to the three most common open rail bridges.

1.“L” open rail bridge: is suitable for soft shots with short back swing and short followthrough. With this rail bridge you can control the intensity of the cue ball in distance of one table length very well.