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#156887 - 10/22/11 10:10 PM Re: Got first fingertip grip ball, pain in fingers... [Re: PowerBall]
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While what the Pro Shop did to the ball did give you a sligthly shorter span, he should have completely plugged the thumb hole and moved it toward the fingers after taking some measurements with your hand. He took the quick way instead of the right way. Plugging the thumb hole completely would mean him keeping the ball for a few days to let the plug set completely.

If you notice in the last picture your fingernails are pushed into the back of the inserts, and that's usually a good indication of a stretched span.

In the other pictures with the fingers just laid over the holes the half way point between the two knuckles should fall on the leading inner edge of the finger insert. Your first knuckle (the one nearest the nail) is barely past that point. In the pictures with the hand in the ball, most of the bend is at that joint as well when it should be almost evenly split between the two.
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#156892 - 10/23/11 12:10 AM Re: Got first fingertip grip ball, pain in fingers... [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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hmm hard to say.. when the fingers are taut they go over over the centers.. relaxed, not so much.

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#156896 - 10/23/11 12:31 AM Re: Got first fingertip grip ball, pain in fingers... [Re: PowerBall]
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Originally Posted By: TidalKnight
hmm hard to say.. when the fingers are taut they go over over the centers.. relaxed, not so much.


It's when the hand is relaxed and not stretched. Before I had my equipment checked and fixed several years ago, I had a stretched span, more than your span is now. I could put my thumb in the ball and if I stretched my hand across the ball they would fall correctly, but I would have wrist and hand pain. It was the worst in the second half of a season when I was bowling three leagues and bowling other times of the week when possible. By the end of any league session it was very painful to try to put my fingers in the ball. This was in the back side of the hand. After that season was over I went to a new Pro Shop and asked to have my grip evaluated. I knew what needed done but didn't tell them and they told me what I already knew. I then had them start to change the spans and pitches on my equipment. I haven't had any wrist or hand pain since with a ball that was correct from bowling. A few times the specs weren't quite right on a ball but that has been corrected.
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#156979 - 10/24/11 07:32 PM Re: Got first fingertip grip ball, pain in fingers... [Re: PowerBall]
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Well I went bowling today, 3 games by myself. Shot some pretty good scores and I'm really getting the hang of it. The ball basically falls into a swing on its own and I'm not squeezing/gripping it at all.. so that's good. Everything feels promising. Before I went bowling I could feel remaining pain from the couple days before yesterday when I bowling with the too-long span. The pain was mostly on my middle finger, underside, between the 2nd and 3rd knuckle. In the muscle/tendon area. After bowling today there was more pain but I'm hoping it was just me aggravating the old pain and not creating new pain. I'd have to have to take it back the Pro Shop again..

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