I used to play pool all the time, and my friends and I never used the bridge (or the ladies’ aid, as we sexist high-school brutes used to call it.) It was seen as unsporting, weak, feminine, gay, communist, French, and ultimately akin to doing a “girl pushup.” Yes, we were brutes back in those days. I always used to groan when my dad or grandpa (both extremely experienced pool players) would shamelessly use the bridge without batting an eye. “The Ladies’ Aid? Come on!” Then they would kick my ass.
But anyway, I still don’t use it on the rare occasions that I play pool, because I like the challenge of trying to make a tricky shot without it.
So, among those here who play pool, do you use the bridge or not?