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#25719 - 01/28/04 11:13 AM Thumb
Jeff Offline
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Registered: 11/25/03
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I have bowling for about 15 years ands my thumb has always problems during certain times of the year. When it is cold my thumb does not fit my thumbhole very well until the 6th or 7th frame of the first game. After that it is fine. But, when it is warm my thumb swells up too much and the ball sticks. Any suggestions on how to minimize the welling or shrinking if the thumb.
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#25721 - 01/28/04 12:14 PM Re: Thumb
Jeff Offline
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Registered: 11/25/03
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A/S/L: 29/M/Dunkirk
No, I keep the ball in the house. In the closet which is about 65 degrees, I also get to the bowling alley 30 minutes early and get the balls out. I also spend 5-10 minutes warming up before we start our games.

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#25722 - 01/28/04 02:19 PM Re: Thumb
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">Originally posted by Jeff:
I have bowling for about 15 years ands my thumb has always problems during certain times of the year. When it is cold my thumb does not fit my thumbhole very well until the 6th or 7th frame of the first game. After that it is fine. But, when it is warm my thumb swells up too much and the ball sticks. Any suggestions on how to minimize the welling or shrinking if the thumb.
Thanks
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">Dunkirk - is that Dunkirk, NY?

Anyways...Thumbs swelling and shrinking is a normal part of our physiology.

What you need to do is learn how to use tape in your Thumb Hole. This is a topic I teach in the Seminars I coach in and also with my private students.

Thumb small? Put tape in.

Thumb big? Take tape out.

You should have enough tape in your ball to handle your diffrering thumb sizes. FYI, My thumb will change around 2-3 pieces of white tape from the start of the game. I may even add or remove some more black tape during the league.

Read the topic here on Large Thumb Hole that I commented on and gave a little insight into using tape.

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#25723 - 01/28/04 03:00 PM Re: Thumb
Atochabsh Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 6567
A/S/L: 50/F/California
ah, taping a thumb hole. Its a science. But necessary for those that really need the correct feel in their thumb hole all the time. No matter the weather, the humidity, how much salt you ate or beer you drank, your thumb will change size. Watch the pros on TV, sometimes you catch them messing around with tape, but they all do it, just the camera doesn't always catch it. You can't bowl all day long and not have your thumb change.

All my equipment has the thumb insert drilled slightly large so I always have to use tape. That way the texture of the tape is a constant. How many pieces of tape varies as Dan mentions. I hate black tape, since it seems to break down and make a gluey mess, but white tape in the front of the thumb hole is something that can help you keep a consistent feel. If you get into the habit of using tape, make sure you keep on hand something that can clean tape residue out of your thumb hole. You'll be done for the day if you pull tape that got too warm and gluey, and you don't have anything to clean it up with.

Erin

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#25724 - 01/30/04 10:32 AM Re: Thumb
bimmerman Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 195
A/S/L: 55/M/Maryland
Talk to you driller about using an oval thumb hole. I used to have similar problems, but since changing to an oval thumbhole a couple fo years ago, no more thumb problems. I still us a little tape, but any thumb changes are now weather related instead of being affected by the thumbhole. I'm to the point where I may use one piece of white tape in the front, and rarely ever have to add any more than that. I attribute that to the oval thumbhole.

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