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#113729 - 01/14/10 04:56 PM Newly Returned Bowler
HouTex_Paul Offline
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I recently returned to bowling a league with an old bowling buddy who needed a spot in his league. I returned with nothing, so he was generous enough to give me one of his balls, an Ultimate Inferno. I ended up getting this ball re-drilled to fit my span, which was just a little shorter than my friend's.

I would estimate I hadn't bowled competitively in at least 10 years, but I was a former league bowler, so I have some transferable skills.

After a few weeks, I have established a 160 average or so, but I have noticed several problems. My bicep is constantly sore after a night of league bowling and the base of my thumb is terribly tender. I have read some things that I might be pinching the ball.

The other problem I seem to have is the speed of my shot and keeping the ball right of the pocket. After a round of 7 practice games this past weekend, I would say my average speed is around 11.7 mph. To try and cut down the drastic reaction, I went and polished my ball up today, so we'll see how it goes.

I would appreciate any advice on the problems I am having.

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#113732 - 01/14/10 05:05 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: HouTex_Paul]
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First welcome to the site Paul. As you may have noticed there is a wealth of knowledge on this site and it's full of very encouraging people who all love this sport, or at times love to hate it.

If you are experiencing a sore bicep after bowling, you are muscling the ball and trying to make it hook too much. This in turn can slow the ball speed down. Just let the ball swing and keep a firm wrist. You don't need a lot of motion to get a ball to hook. As for the thumb it could be a number of things, like you said it could be you are pinching the ball.

Also don't be surprised if the reaction of the Ultimate Inferno becomes more drastic with polish. Some polishes allow a ball to go further down lane but react violently when then exit the oil and hit the dry backends. Good luck the next time out though.
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#113734 - 01/14/10 05:11 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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Thanks, Calvin.

I used the local Lustre King 300 and gave it a full 10 cycles. The ball came out with a lot of extra gunk on it, but I would say after rolling it for 1 game, it seemed to take some of the early break out of it.

I tried working on the firm wrist during that game, so I will take some extra conscious efforts in league tonight. Hopefully I won't have any dropped ball mishaps!

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#113737 - 01/14/10 05:14 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: HouTex_Paul]
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Go to the Pro Shop and try to get them to sand the ball down and then polish it. Never use the Lustre King, it is not made for modern bowling balls but old plastic and the older urethane equipment. It's not polish but a wax. On top of it most are not maintained and can damage the ball.
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#113738 - 01/14/10 05:21 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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Actually, when I had it re-fit, the Pro Shop guy told me he was going to do that, but after it was drilled he wanted me to bowl with it as it was. /shrug.

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#113740 - 01/14/10 05:25 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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After using a Lustre King you probably took all of the hook out of it. you'll probably have to go to a Pro Shop and have it stripped and repolished. Even after all of that, it may just be too strong of a ball if you're only throwing 11-12 mph. I would go to your local Pro Shop and have them watch you throw a couple frames, they will then be able to recommend a ball more suited to your throwing style
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#113743 - 01/14/10 05:35 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: Lizard75]
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Well, I would be okay with that. As it is, I am a substitute on the team, since the spot was filled by someone else and I am just doing him a favor.

No need to spend a bunch of dough on a part time position.

I appreciate the advice, mostly I just want to stop my thumb and bicep from hurting.

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#113746 - 01/14/10 05:51 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: HouTex_Paul]
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The other guys are right if your bicep hurts it's most likely your muscling the ball to get revs. As for your thumb it sounds like your thumb hole isn't beveled enough or at all and the sharp edge is cutting into your thumb.
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#113763 - 01/14/10 07:23 PM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: Lizard75]
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It all depends if you want to continue to bowl. If your just gonna stop after this is over then getting a new ball isn't really worth it. If you do plan to continue, then get something more tame.

As far as the thumb. You can use easy slide like I do. I also put some tape when it gets too loose. I am a firm believer in haveing a good fit in your thumb hole.
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#113873 - 01/15/10 11:12 AM Re: Newly Returned Bowler [Re: Fpurhe]
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I agree with the thought that both your bicep and thumb pad are hurting from gripping the ball. The ball should hold onto your hand (like a glove) not the other way around. You don't think about keeping a glove on your hand and the same should be said about a bowling ball.

If you don't mind, when you say the ball over hooks, where are you standing? What are you looking at?

Do you target the arrows, the pins, or something else?

Do you know how to count boards? If not here is a quick and easy lesson:

Each board on the approach/lane has a board number. These boards are numbered from lowest to highest starting against the gutter on the ball side. For a right handed bowler, the board up against the right gutter would be 1, next would be 2 and so forth. The arrows fall on 5 board increments, the first being on board 5, second on 10 and the middle arrow is the 20 board. The dots on the approach coordinate with the arrows. The center dot is on the 20 board.
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