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perfect solution to the occasional fl uctua- tion in your thumb size.


There are two types of tape for bowlers: black and white. The white tape has more texture and grit to it. The black tape is smoother and slicker, like electrical tape. The black tape will let you get out of the ball a little easier and cleaner. The white tape generally gives you more grip. Bowlers who


have drier hands generally like white tape to give them a better feel for the ball. In most instances, bowlers will put the white tape on the front side of the thumb- hole, where the pad of your thumb touches. Many bowlers place black tape on the side of the hole where your thumbnail slides for a cleaner release.

Of course, there are no absolutes.

It’s a trial and error process. Try several com- binations to see what works best for you.


When you put tape in the thumbhole, make sure it’s 1/8-inch or so from the top beveled edge of the hole. You don’t want the tape to come all the way to that beveled edge. Also, remember that your thumb doesn’t go into the thumbhole directly at 12 o’clock. For the pad of your thumb, right-handers will put the tape at 2 o’clock. If you add tape to the backside of the thumbhole as well, it should be at approximately 8 o’clock.


REQUIRED Finger holes are not affect-

ed as severely as thumb holes. Because most league bowlers now use fingertip grips, only a small portion of the finger needs to be inside the ball. Additionally, most bowlers now use inserts in the finger holes, which provide ample cushion.


In my opinion, all bowlers should be using tape in their bowling ball. Your normal thumb size might require two or three pieces of tape for the perfect fi t. That allows room for you to remove them as your thumb swells. Conversely, there may be days during the winter where you might put fi ve pieces of tape in because your thumb shrunk in size. As your thumb swells, remove them one at a time. There is nothing wrong with that.

Sticky subject: As a bowler, you always want to leave some wiggle room in the thumb hole of your bowling ball. Adding (or taking out) tape allows you to keep a perfect fi t.

If you bowl two or three days in a row and the ball starts to get tight, go down to one or two pieces of tape. You always want to leave some wiggle room. The worst thing in the world is going to a tournament and not being able to get your thumb into the bowling ball.

The better you get at the game, the more you will realize how important bowling tape is. Experience tells you what the proper fi t feels like, and the slightest changes will become obvious. The more you bowl, the more you will realize how much of an asset tape can be.

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