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Derrancep

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Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« on: January 03, 2011, 07:56:03 PM »
What are the advantages or disadvantages of a bowler who bowls with four fingers in the ball such as the pinky finger?


 

laddog54

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Re: Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 06:53:39 AM »
My dad has all of his bowling balls drilled with 4 finger holes. This allows him to bowl and not have the arthritis in his two middle fingers bother him. When he bowls with only his middle two fingers they start to swell badly and hurt after 2 or 3 games. He then can't bowl for 3 or 4 days afterwards. With all his fingers in the ball he can bowl 6 or 8 games easily and bowl 2 or 3 times a week with no problems. It doesn't really add any extra revs, though it may change his axis rotation a little bit.


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Re: Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011, 08:49:50 AM »
 What do u mean by axis rotation ? Does he pick up more side rotation and better accuracy


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Re: Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011, 10:17:23 PM »
I have them drilled in all my equipment.
 
Positives:
1) Weight is distributed across three fingers rather than two. Simple physics. Results in less finger stress.
2) Axis rotation increases. (And just in case anyone is wondering, yes, I drilled a ball with an index finger test hole and it decreases axis rotation when used.)
3) Ball projects off my hand better. Allows me to have somewhat of a loft game without having to really hit up on the ball. This may just be attributable to the weight distribution portion of the grip.
 
Negatives:
1) You have one pinky finger position (i.e., in the hole).
2) Extra $5-$10 per ball to have one drilled, depending on your pro shop. I drill my own stuff so I have no cost.
3) Cuts down slightly the number of pin placements you can use unless you're comfortable drilling into the pin, either in whole or in part.
 
Neutral:
1) Revs,
2) Accuracy,
3) Speed. None of the three were really affected.
 
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laddog54

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Re: Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2011, 06:51:27 AM »
He has less axis rotation. It keeps him behind the ball more instead of going around the side of the ball. This is a good thing since he throws 14lb equipment and usually plays up the boards. It helps get the ball into a good roll and carry is better.


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Re: Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011, 10:07:10 AM »
I currently come up the back of the ball quite a bit, most of my drilling are pin up or down on the ring finger, I tried drilling a ball negative and thumped the thumb the entire time. With an additional pinky hole will it help move my track some?


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Re: Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011, 10:33:48 AM »
Generally, the more fingers you have in the ball. the less revolutions you get.  There are however exceptions to this. 


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Jesse James

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Re: Bowling with four fingers in the ball ...pinky ....advice
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2011, 02:55:52 PM »
A friend of mine has many of his balls drilled this way, and swears that it increases his revs. I feel that is subjective.

 

I tried it....it gave me the feeling of more control, but I was not aware of an increase in revs.


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