Look at the Septuagenarians chiming in on this topic. It's only we, who have been there, that can say these things.
djp, you threw a hook, because you learned how to bowl, not just buy one in a box. I remember my first semi-fingertip ball. No one could believe how that ball hooked. I rolled lower to the floor then. And, when the ball met the lane, I could hear it spin right off my hand. My target was between the first and second dots at the foul line,straight up. We didn't have arrows then. The ball would travel about 45 feet , then make a radical turn to the pocket, sending 5 pins at the 7. I could feel a strike right off my hand.
And, 10 pins were easy then too. IDK why, but they were. Threw the ball at the gutter about 50 feet and the ball turned to hit it.
I know Mark will say my ball was sliding if I heard the spin and it turned at 45 feet.
Maybe it was.
And, I had to be 5-6 MPH faster too.
Yes Dennis, Been there and have done that!
I believe my first ball was a 16 pounder Black Beauty. When I heard about fingertip grips, I got one. Don't recall how I lined up, but it was probably a down and in shot along the right side.
Your explanation of the 10-pin shots was what experienced, too. I never heard of flattening out my shot either, so I didn't. Stayed with the same type of release each time no matter what.
In the 80's got the LT48. My hook monster for the time. Great ball.
Always threw a full-roller as I've said here many times. I still fight the tendency to do just that. I've gotten control of my backswing pretty much and I like the feel of the ball coming off my fingers on the inside of the ball now. My speed has dropped from 19 to 20 mph down to around 16 mph off my hand. Hopefully that's about right.
Lately have been working hard on my spare shooting ability. I've amazed myself on picking up stuff like the 4-9, 4-5 and 1-2-10 regularly. Of course, there's not much excuse for having missed the darn head pin, is there?