I was studying a pro player recently and noticed he formed his bridge hand differently than me. I studied and studied, then late last night went to California Billiards to give it a try. I have to say, I liked it much better than the bridge I’ve been using for years. It seemed more stable and repeatable, and I ran ball after ball after ball. Note the differences in the two bridges. In my new bridge, the tips of my thumb and first finger meet, and both are locked to the second joint of my middle finger. This provides more precise placement of fingers and less friction on the cue shaft, yet is just as stable, if not more so, than my original bridge.
With my old bridge, my thumb was stationed on the outside of my first finger, and my first finger was pressed against my middle finger. This worked okay, but the bridge was not super robust, and I experienced some variation in shaft stability from shot to shot. I certainly shot a million times better last night than I did on Thursday night with my new APA team! Now, I just need to keep practicing my new bridge until it feels natural.