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Old 08-05-2019, 11:31 AM
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So one of me students brought this bridge device to me today and I suggested that it probably would not be legal in tournament play. I can see where if someone brought this out in a gambling match there would likely be a long discussion before it gets used.

In looking up the general rules for bridges it states any form of bridge is okay if it conforms to normal standards. A bit vague but this tool does not fit that description to me. What say you?
Still, It is pretty interesting and with a bit of practice it works well.

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PS What is the definition of "normal" ? Normal in the sense of appearance or functionality? I my opinion this tool does conform to functionality but not appearance so it could be argued either way I guess.
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:58 AM
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I have no idea Tom but for what it's Wirth (see what i did there?), I have seen different kinds of bridges and things resembling bridges so I am not sure where you draw the line. If its a piece of equipment that allows you to bridge over a ball and nothing else, I don't see an issue in using it.

That's not going by any rules, that just my 2 cents. If I were gambling and my opponent brought this out, i may make a joke about it but I certainly wouldn't prevent him from using it, unless I found out later it had some sort of auto aim functionality to it.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:16 PM
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Why do you think it’s illegal.
The cue is held by it
Instead of being stationary it seems you can roll it
Is that the issue?
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:18 PM
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The rules for Bridges has gone by the wayside over the last ten or so years. In 14.1 you could not use more than two standard bridges stacked together during a shot. Nowadays, it seems that all bets are off for appliances used for pool matches. I have seen some bridges that stand eight inches high. So much for standardization.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:34 PM
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For some reason I thought you had to keep one hand on the bridge while shooting but this may be an urban legend and not written rule.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:54 PM
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This question came up on Facebook ot AZB, I can't remember which, and I think after a lond discussion both pro and con, someone came up with the rule you are referring to and deemed it illegal. Sorry I cannot find the thread, but if I do I'll point you to it.

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Old 08-05-2019, 01:16 PM
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with a rolling bridge like that a push seems very possible, would call a seasoned knowledgeable player to watch the hit if the bridge was deemed legal.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:22 PM
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From WPA Rules of Play

(c) Mechanical Bridges – The player may use up to two mechanical bridges to support the cue
stick during the shot. The configuration of the bridges is up to the player. He may use his own
bridge if it is similar to standard bridges.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:08 PM
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No chance that thing is legal.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:18 PM
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Quote:
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From WPA Rules of Play

(c) Mechanical Bridges The player may use up to two mechanical bridges to support the cue
stick during the shot. The configuration of the bridges is up to the player. He may use his own
bridge if it is similar to standard bridges.
Yep Oldschool, I saw the same rule. I used the word "normal" where to be exact I should have used the word "standard".

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