I've been for over many years and am looking for some good suggestions regarding how to change an unusual grip that I've stubbornly been clinging to for as long as I've been a bowler.
Somehow, I taught myself to insert my thumb only as far as the knuckle, not all the way into the hole. Why? Good question. The best answer I can give is that it's what I've always done and I've had decent success that way (average around 210). But throughout my bowling years, I've had control issues that I'm convinced are mostly due to my incorrect thumb position. I'll lose a shot at the point of release a few times each league night.
It's getting increasingly frustrating as time goes on and I'd like to bowl with my thumb inserted properly. When I attempt a shot with my thumb all the way in, it almost always sticks at the point of release, and the ball either goes extremely right (I'm a righty) or the ball goes slightly airborn because I'm not getting out of it.
So, I'm wondering how much of a challenge it will be to "unlearn" this habit and bowl successfully with my thumb inserted all the way. My mindset has always been that if my thumb is in all the way, I won't get out of the ball at release point. So, I'm sure that's part of the problem.
I just bought a new ball, and am having issues with getting the proper thumb fit. I've used it twice, with thumb in only to the knuckle, and am having the same old control issues.
I tend to squeeze or grab with my thumb as well, giving me eratic results at times. My thought is that if I bowled with the thumb in properly, I wouldn't feel the need to do so.
I guess I need to know exactly how the thumb fit should feel when inserted properly. How snug should it be? Right now, when I try to insert my thumb, it won't go all the way in. It's really tight. I've had it bevelled out slightly a couple of times, but it still seems too tight. But I'm concerned about opening it up too much and having it become sloppy. How easily should the thumb slide in for the proper fit?