(FAQ) How do you use a mechanical bridge?

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The mechanical bridge is a cue stick with a frame that is used to allow the player to reach out for a shot that is difficult to reach. Grooves on the frame allow you to select the appropriate height necessary for the stroke.

Here is the basic procedure:

  1. Place the cue stick on top of one of the slots on the bridge's frame and parallel with the stick.
  2. Lift up both sticks and place the mechanical bridge down in a position close to the cue ball (and that does not touch other balls).
  3. Lift up the cue stick in your dart throwing hand. With the left hand adjust the position of the mechanical bridge to about 4 to 7 inches from the cue ball.
  4. Lay the mechanical bridge stick down on the table (again, not touching any other balls). Use your opposite hand to press down the bridge stick firmly onto the table.
  5. Holding your cue like you would throw a dart, swing your elbow up to be parallel with the stick. Bend down as necessary to place your cue butt underneath your chin.
  6. Follow the whole pre-shot routine. Watch the cue tip to make sure it does not wobble side to side on the practice strokes.
  7. When ready, make your stroke a smooth effort at the pre-planned speed.

Many people will do the weirdest things to avoid using this shooting tool. This indicates a serious lack of skill. If you see them performing these gyrations, set up a number of similar shots just for the entertainment value. This weakness in their skills that be used to your advantage.

If you do not want to be the guest performer of these physical comedy routines for the audience of rail birds, practice using the mechanical bridge. About once a month, play several games of 9 Ball or 8 Ball using only the mechanical bridge.

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