There was a bowler in the alley I'd never seen before, a couple lanes down. When we walked in my girlfriend remarked, "That guy looks kind of like Chris Barnes." It wasn't Chris Barnes, though I could see the resemblance, not just in looks, but in his delivery. He was finishing up a 250-something game.
While bowling, I'd watch him now and then just to get an idea where he was getting all those revs from. Something about watching him gave me an idea.
I decided I would imagine that, immediately prior to release, my hand would be around the side of the ball (3 oclock), with my fingers on the bottom of the ball (wrist cocked at 90 degrees, so the hand pointed at my right leg). Keep in mind -- this is just what I am thinking about -- not actually what I was doing*.
On my very first attempt, I got more revs that I'd ever seen (other than when I've tried two-handed or chicken-winging). By the end of the night, I was still getting a nice hook and was getting to the point where I had to work on finding a good line to the pocket. Now and then, I found a line that worked -- and even strung together a few really solid, perfect-pocket, strikes.
I was pretty happy to find something that worked (again), and I will continue working on it this week and see if I can start finding some more consistency.
You, my friend are on the right track. I have recently rediscovered a series of tapes by a motivational speaker named Denis Waitley. This guy coached Olympic athletes and astronauts...people that, taken as a group are the most highly motivated, best trained people our society has produced. The technique he taught is called "visual motor rehearsal." They encouraged downhill skiers (for instance) to envision themselves at the starting gate, hearing the "go" tone, jumping off the starting line, imagining the line they were going to take down the hill, gate after gate, mogul after mogul. When they did lab tests with some of these individuals it was discovered that the right muscles actually twitched in the proper sequence as if they event was REALLY happening. This provided a neural pathway that allowed the athletes to go on "auto pilot" when the time came to perform in a real competition. I think this technique has application to our sport as well.
It should be noted that he encouraged doing this A LOT! I cannot relate it as well as the tapes did.
I am not suggesting this a replacement for learning proper technique. But once you know what you want to do, this method should be good for ingraining it into your brain, and therefore leaning how it is supposed to feel in the body.
Best of luck to you.