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Xcessive_Evil

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switch grips for thumb hole?
« on: May 15, 2008, 03:13:44 PM »
Anyone think this is a good idea with thumb swelling issues? Someone had mentioned it to me, and I'm thinking its a good idea. Furthermore and most importantly, is it allowed at say a regional?

If so, do switch grips work just like a thumb slug, with the exception that you can change them out?
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John D Davis

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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008, 11:20:40 PM »
Switch-grip can be one of the best tools to ever hit the bowling market. I just recently used them on 8-10 balls. You can also use them in the regionals because they are a product of (Turbo). The only problem to this system is the cost. It will add anywhere from 30-50$ each ball when you get one drilled. It is however something a serious bowler will look into. I just went back to drilling without them to simply save money. I cant afford to keep doing the switch grips. I may one day go back to them, but until then I will just settle for regular holes... I hope this helps you in any way. Gl with them if you choose to do them.

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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008, 11:26:58 PM »
Thanks for the info, especially the price part.  I think for now, I will just open up my thumb slugs, and see if I will need to do anything else from there.
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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2008, 11:27:11 PM »
I also have thumb swelling issues plus I like a tight thumb hole. I use thumb molds so I had the pro shop make an extra thumb slug for me that I wear on my thumb between frames. Works great and alot cheaper that switch grips.
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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2008, 11:50:42 PM »
Exactly... Well said, Hog. When I was using switch grips I had two molds and one regular slug to use if I got swelled up. I never even used the slug, because I was so in love with the mold feel. Doing the mold in every ball would be alot cheaper than putting outter sleeves in all balls just for the molds to go in. Definitly something great to look into though if you have alot of money.......... unlike me

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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2008, 08:39:58 PM »
thanks for the info.
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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2008, 11:04:16 PM »
I really like the switch grip thumb grip for my balls.  Cost wise, to me, it's worth it, but my the guy where I get all my equipment is my friend, so he gives me a good discount.  Even if I paid full price, I do think it is worth the money.

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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2008, 08:57:35 AM »
once you have made 2-3 inner sleeves, your cost for additional balls should be about the same as a thumb slug would be since the outer sleeve is the same cost.

Xcessive_Evil

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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2008, 11:05:16 PM »
Well, I've been thinking about it, and I first tried opening up my thumb holes and changed the way I held the ball.  Then, I bowled roughly 30 games over three days.  I didn't experience any thumb swelling.  So, I think I've fixed it without any major changes.
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Re: switch grips for thumb hole?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2008, 09:43:26 PM »
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Well, I've been thinking about it, and I first tried opening up my thumb holes and changed the way I held the ball.  Then, I bowled roughly 30 games over three days.  I didn't experience any thumb swelling.  So, I think I've fixed it without any major changes.
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Be careful making your final decision on one 3 day period.  Weather, diet, weight loss or gain, hydration, time of day all make a difference in how big or little your hand gets.

Switch Grips are great.  I love the idea and have used them in the past.  My issue is with how tight I use my thumb hole and think this stresses the inner sleeves too much and they break.  I agree with cos843, the cost per ball is about the same as using a thumb slug.  The added cost comes when you have multiple inner sleeves.  I did my inner sleeve the same as before, big with tape.  I only had to put tape in and out of one ball instead of 3, 5, 9... balls.  I also used a thumb mold in my Switch Grip, that was really nice.  Balls that had or didn't have Switch Grip all felt the same.

The old school and probably cheaper way is to make your thumb holes big enough to add some tape to them.  When your thumb swells, peel out some tape.

Supposedly Vise Grips has an interchangeable thumb system coming out, should be unbreakable.  I'm going to try it out if it ever gets here.... we shall see.


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