It is adviced to form a firm bridge hand at all times. You simply can not allow it to move, nor leave extra space for the cue to wobble sideways. It should be stable.
In the following steps we show you how to form a bridge hand:
- place your hand on the table and spread your fingers,
- lift your knuckles and by doing so fingers are almost gripping the cloth,
- lift up your thumb and press it against the side of your index finger … you will notice the ‘V’ shape right there where both fingers touch one another
- place the cue in between the 2
Make sure that, when placing the bridge hand on the table, there is almost no twist of the wrist. It is advisable that the upper part of the hand is in line with the lower part of the arm as if it is a natural extension of the arm. Twisting the wrist almost creates tension in the wrist area.
Furthermore, when the wrist is twisted and you place the cue on the bridge hand, the cue will slide not only between the two fingers but also on a large part of the skin of the side of the hand. The bigger the sliding surface on the hand, the stiffer the cueing action.
Sure we all experienced being hampered to place the bridge hand properly. We can only adjust to the situation and try to avoid tension as much as possible. Here we show you some examples:
1.bridge hand with only fingers on the cushion – outerside of the cushion can be used for extra grip
2. classic bridge with a complete hand on the cushion – mind your cue action because the cue is pointing down because the cue is positioned on the hand and not the cushion
3. cue is gliding on the cushion and touching the middle finger and thumb
4. complete flat bridge hand on the table with thumb gripping the outerside of the cushion
5. cueing along the direction of the cushion - only half of the bridge hand is supported by the table
6. bridge hand near the pocket
7. elevated bridge hand on the table with 4 finger support
8. elevated bridge hand on the cushion
9. elevated bridge hand with 2 finger support (less fingers create less stability)