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storm making it rain

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Tom Smallwood Layout
« on: March 27, 2011, 11:59:33 PM »
Anyone who watched the show yesterday maybe able to answer. 

 

Is Smallwood a full roller? I noticed the MB was up towards his fingers and the Pin looked to be to the left of his thumb.

 

If he's not what typeof drilling was he using and for what purpose?

 

Thanks in advance...



 

bullred

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Re: Tom Smallwood Layout
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2011, 09:36:22 PM »
Does anyone notice if Smallwood inserts his fingers in a fingertip, semi or "whatever????

I use to drill for a young man a few years ago that used the "partial" thumb"  In an effort to get some control, he went all the way down to where his fingers were conventional.    Lost very few revs, but got  lot better accuracy.    Anyone interested in this grip needs a "friendly" driller and some old balls to drill and get the pitches and thumb placement correct.    The thumb and the fingers are almost in line with one another.    Pin can be moved around to effect the track.   His track changed each time we changed the finger depth.   Don't use "regular" pin placements.   Pin placement will  be determined by where his track runs and "full roller" type layouts.  Get this layout correct for you and if you can  make the physical change, it's a killer.    Notice that he is a bit early, body low, and has a soft release .     Can't be "cranking " with this grip



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Re: Tom Smallwood Layout
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2011, 07:46:31 AM »
I tried to see how far Smallwood was putting his fingers in but he uses black tape on his fingers that blends in with the ball surface so it's hard to tell.  I think he's fingertip but am not sure.  I have two customers that use the half thumb grip, one is a full roller that hooks the lane, the other is a semi roller that also hooks the lane, the full roller is fingertip and the semi roller is conventional.  --  JohnP 



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Re: Tom Smallwood Layout
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2011, 03:06:02 PM »
Tom is not a full roller, he just tracks extremely high.  He has to use full roller layouts or VERY high pins to avoid flaring over the fingers. 


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Re: Tom Smallwood Layout
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2011, 03:34:30 PM »
He is a full roller....reason being is that if you track high you can use a typical 3/4 roll layout and pull the flare around the middle finger and away from the thumb-left side...he tracks on the inside of the thumb, thus necessitating full foller layouts to get the flare to go to the inside of his thumb and the left side of his middle finger...


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Re: Tom Smallwood Layout
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2011, 12:26:57 PM »
My bad I was just going off the info that Tommy gave me a couple weekends ago.


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Re: Tom Smallwood Layout
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2011, 01:29:06 PM »
Tom is a good friend of mine and he acually track right over the center of the thumb his axis is 5 9/16 over and 1 1/2 up. he can use standard layouts on high flaring balls but he tends to like the weaker balls because he is rev dominate.