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kiefenstien

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Sarge Easter Grip
« on: August 05, 2019, 07:59:56 AM »
I get bad tendinitis in my fingers and back of my hand to where I can hardly hold onto the bowling ball some days. I've done some reading on the Sarge and was wondering if it has truly helped others with pain from tendinitis. How awkward is it using this grip and so on.
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Re: Sarge Easter Grip
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 08:03:59 AM »
I did it for wrist trouble at one point but didn't stick with it, found a different PSO who worked with my hand more and got me into a fit that worked better.

Not to say that you would be in the same situation, but there's a lot of ways to adjust pitches and spans, without going as far as Sarge Easter.

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Re: Sarge Easter Grip
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2019, 09:23:12 AM »
I have always felt that a well fitted finger tip grip is the easiest grip on the hand and you can get the most consistent clean release from.

Conventional grips allow the user to hang onto a poorly fitted grip easier so are pretty good for house balls. The span can be wrong and holes way too big but having all that surface area of fingers in the ball allow you to hang onto it.

To me the sarge easter is more about changing the roll of the ball than comfort. You still need the proper pitches and spans.

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Re: Sarge Easter Grip
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 10:46:44 AM »
Agree with these posters.  Sarge Easter may or may not be of any benefit.   Other options of changing span and pitches are more likely to help.  There might be some trial and error involved finding what helps

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Re: Sarge Easter Grip
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019, 12:57:13 PM »
Agree with these posters.  Sarge Easter may or may not be of any benefit.   Other options of changing span and pitches are more likely to help.  There might be some trial and error involved finding what helps

 
Robert Smith made the Sarge Easter Grip famous. He probably knows more about the pros/cons of the grip than anyone. Robert has his own shop and I'm sure he'd answer any question the OP has.


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Re: Sarge Easter Grip
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2019, 08:18:30 PM »
I had to go to the Sarge Easter grip due to a bone spur pressing on my ring finger tendons as well as some arthritis. It has allowed me to keep competing without pain. There was a period of adjustment to it. Throwing my first few 10 pin attempts were pretty awful, but I got the hang of it. My ball roll did change a bit. I spin it a bit more than I used to, but I've always been a spin biscuit. I don't feel it limits my versatility at all, which was a surprise. Also, my rev rate didn't take that much of a dip. The only problems I have with the fit is that how much more finicky I have become with it. The bridge has to be perfect (1/8th) and not too much bevel on the ring finger. Getting that knowledge took a little trial and error for me. I do always caution people that that fit is not for everyone. If you have exhausted other efforts in changes to pitches and span, and are still in pain; the Sarge Easter fit could be worth the gamble. However, make sure you have tried everything and have a knowledgeable PSO. I went through 4 fit changes before my doctor and my PSO figured out it was best if that my top knuckle of ring finger was no longer in use. I hope that helps!
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kiefenstien

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Re: Sarge Easter Grip
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2019, 07:42:08 AM »
I think I might have my ball driller take one of my old bowling balls and try the Sarge Easter  layout on it.
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