Ok so Ive been trying so many different releases this past week, when I bowled league last night, it totally messed up my game. ...aargh
I sympathize. But realize that it's not an easy release. I've been working on this shot for 2-plus years, and that's after developing about 20 other releases. So it's not one you just pick up the ball and throw without some preceding experience with movement of the hand around the 3 axes while releasing a ball.
I just this past week put the last piece on the puzzle, which for me was not accelerating the swing during the release. That's after 2 years. Maybe I'm a slow learner. It makes me appreciate the abilities of pro bowlers and all those youngsters who string strikes with ease.
Also, fit is important - thumb pitch, finger grips, span - because the fingers (for the shot I
call top slap) are literally vertical, the thumb is out, the ball is falling off the fingers, while the slap is executed (this being different than the "driving through the ball" or coming up the back top quadrant of the sphere which is done by many, including for instance my idol Chris Barnes).
(and BTW - I use that shot too when applicable, because it works better for low axes of rotation..)
BTW - this is funny, although you might not find it so - I seem to have gone from sub-200 performance to about a 200 the same week that your performance went from above 200 to below 200. Let's hope my change is permanent and yours is temporary!
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