Spend some time in practice with the mechanical bridge.
Most players I know don’t like to use the rake. I will admit it is one of my weaknesses. My accuracy suffers as does my speed control. I know how to use the rest, I just need to practice. Part of the problem is my height. I’m six feet tall and never use a bridge on a bar table and very rarely require it on a nine footer. I even have trouble practicing with the bridge on the 9-foot Diamond ProAm I’ve got in my home. There are only so many shots I can set up. My idea for an intensive practice session is to find an ocean table and put my skills to the test. I figure if I really try a challenging table with a variety of rests, I’ll keep interested and probably find the frustration a keen motivator. Again, the snooker pros are the ones to watch. Many world class tournaments have five or ten configurations of bridge heads, extensions, and even cues to aid the player reaching a shot.