SpareMe wrote: "As for me, in this humid heat, I have had to enlarge my holes weekly, and now that I have huge calluses all over my thumb"
I have a similar problem...when I got my ball at the Pro Shop
in the bowling alley (a Brunswick Slingshot), the guy put inserts into the fingers and thumbhole. I am really happy with the fingertip inserts, however, the thumbhole gives me problems. The first couple of times I bowled (hadn't bowled in a looong time .. i.e. - 17 years), my thumb swelled up larger than my other thumb. So after bowling a few games, the side of my thumb really hurt (and developed a callus-like blister). However, after a few games, the insert would "warm up" and it wouldn't hurt. So I took it back to the guy and had him make the hole bigger. Now it only takes one game (or two) before the thing warms up and feels okay.
However, I'm thinking about getting the insert in the thumb taken out, because my thumb is still swollen (especially around the knuckle area). A guy at work bought the same ball, but didn't have any inserts put in the thumb and his feels very comfortable to me. But I don't want to take it to the alley's Pro Shop
because I honestly don't feel like the guy knows what he is doing.
But the main question I have would be....is it okay to have the thumb insert taken out? I know the guy superglued it in there, so would it be a big deal
or an expensive procedure? My secondary question would be...will my thumb every shrink back to normal?