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Technique By Del Warren


W bowling, but never more so than it is today.

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throw a big hook, particularly on a house shot. Reactive balls skid more on the oil, and change direction more dramatically on the dry. That’s a good recipe for throwing strikes, but done incorrectly it can also be a bad thing.

One of the most critical issues with the

grip is thumb timing, or the time it takes for your thumb to come out of the ball and transfer all the weight to the fi ngers. Making sure that timing is right is critical to consis- tency of release. When the thumb timing is inconsistent, it causes directional issues.

If the thumb comes out too early, the ball tends to come off your hand to the right. If it comes off too late, it tends to go to the left. The proper grip, which will allow for prop- er and consistent thumb timing, is critical, because the diff erence in ball reaction be- tween a good release and a bad release is a big number. There are three elements that go into

the grip: Span, pitch and hole size. Span and pitch make up 80 percent of that equation. Over the years, the industry has gone from a very long, stretched fi t, when balls weren’t quite as reactive, to something that we

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Today’s game is all about ball reaction, and a bad release will have a negative impact.

e may beat this to death, but the importance of a proper grip is something bowlers just don’t pay enough attention to. Having the proper grip has always been important in

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