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Bowling Thumb

Posted: May 28th, 2018, 11:53 pm
by GabCsi
Hello everyone!

My name is Gabriel and i just started playing bowling last week!

I'd like to know if you guys can give me some advice and wisdom about some doubts that i'm having.

I started playing with a bowling ball that weights 8 pounds and has a medium hole size (I think that is what the M stands for, it is a ball from Brunswick), the weight feels good and comfortable but i'm having a really hard time with the thumb hole, every time i release the ball my thumb gets stuck and hurts. I tried the Large size but it is too big and i can barely swing the ball safely. Is there any tips of what can i do to help me in this issue?

A friend of mine recorded one video of me playing, could someone analyze and give me some beguineer's tip on what i can do to improve?

Thanks a lot in advance guys!

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Re: Bowling Thumb

Posted: May 29th, 2018, 12:34 am
by EricHartwell
Welcome to BowlingChat

Having your own ball fitted to your hand is what you really need. The balls found at the alley are very generic in their fit. S, M, L are just to general to allow a proper fit.
Your best bet is to visit the proshop to be fitted properly. Your game will benefit the most from having your own well fitted ball. Otherwise you need to add bowlers tape to the large gripping holes to snug them up.

Also when you have a good fit you will be able to use a heavier weight

I am not a coach but for only being one week into this sport you seem to display decent form and balance that should enable you to improve quickly with proper instruction.

We do have a coaching section here in BowlingChat.

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Be sure to read the requirements for video posting for analysis.

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Re: Bowling Thumb

Posted: May 29th, 2018, 12:41 am
by GabCsi
Thanks a lot Eric!

I'm sorry for not posting the video in the right format. (I did not see it on the FAQ)

Thanks for the feedback. The thing is i'm kind insecure to spend money on a bowling ball to just stop playing in a few weeks... but i'l analyze the possibility!

Thanks for the feedback!

Re: Bowling Thumb

Posted: May 29th, 2018, 12:57 am
by EricHartwell
Your first video is fine for the General Bowling topic you started. When you get the side view and post in the Coaching section only the certified coaches can respond.

As for making a decision to invest in this game, having your own ball will make it more enjoyable and you won't be suffering a sore thumb. It will allow you to improve far beyond what any tip someone can give you.

On a different note, Bowling is a very social sport. I have gained a lifetime of friends because of this game. I am very glad I decided to invest in my first ball over 30 years ago.

Re: Bowling Thumb

Posted: May 29th, 2018, 3:36 pm
by kajmk
Welcome Gabriel.
How did you find this forum?

I second Eric's assessment and advice.
I'd never guess you were a beginner.
Cadence to the foul line looks quite good, swing is nice and loose.
Yes there are things that need tweaking, but my gut feeling is your learning curve will be short.
Do you play other sports? You appear to be athletic and well coordinated.
With a little coaching, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

As far as buying a ball, consider that some shops sell second hand balls.
Here is a shot in the dark, if you look at the house balls on the racks, sometimes you will see old balls that bowler's have donated to the center, you can tell the difference because they will look different and the holes and grips will not be as generic as the house balls, there will not be a weight designation. If you find any, ask if they will sell you the ball for a reasonable price. Of course you would need to add the cost of having the ball plugged and refilled at a pro shop. Many pro shops include drilling in the price of a ball.

I hope you will stick with it and be a bowler for life.
The wiki (see yellow button, top right of screen) is an information repository.

Be well and be happy!