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#35100 - 11/05/06 05:36 PM Delivery Question
shoter95 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/06
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I was just wondering is it illegal to deliver the ball without your thumb in the ball... i realize this isnt the correct way to hook the ball and just purchased a fingertip ball because i plan to learn to bowl that way but somebody informed me it was illegal... thank you for your responses in advance

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#35102 - 11/05/06 06:16 PM Re: Delivery Question [Re: shoter95]
Brandon510 Offline

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hmm never heard it was illegal to not use your thumb in the ball. I bowl in two leagues and no two people who dont use thumbs and they never have been questioned.
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#35103 - 11/05/06 06:46 PM Re: Delivery Question [Re: Brandon510]
Silent Mike Offline
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It's not illegal that I know of. I'm not sure if you need to have a thumbhole drilled or not? I never really bothered to ever ask that question. Anytime I see 2 finger bowlers they usually have a thumbhole drilled for whatever reason.
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#35104 - 11/05/06 07:50 PM Re: Delivery Question [Re: Silent Mike]
shoter95 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/06
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Well like i said this is what the coach of the bowling team told me at tryouts because i prefer to throw the ball with 2 fingers rather than straight though i realize this isnt the proper way to throw a curve (like i said i plan to learn to throw fingertips) but i had just planned to tryout throwing it with 2 fingers until i had time to learn & practice throwing with a fingertip ball... would having a thumb hole drilled or not affect the whether or not this practice was legal maybe?

#35105 - 11/05/06 08:26 PM Re: Delivery Question [Re: shoter95]
luisistaz Offline
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Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 342
A/S/L: 49/male/Tijuana, Mexico
No, it's not illegal to throw the ball with two fingers, it's just not proper technique. You may get an instant curve that way, and have a bit higher scores, but, in the long run, it will stun your progres as a player, and in dificult conditions for most players ( dry for example), persons using two fingers have severe to imposible problems just getting to the pins, much less geting a good shot off. There are some players that I know of that have had good succes shooting that way, but they are few and far between.

#35145 - 11/07/06 04:09 AM Re: Delivery Question [Re: luisistaz]
Goodah Chunky Offline
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Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 297
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It is legal to deliver the ball without your thumb in the ball...
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#35149 - 11/07/06 08:54 AM Re: Delivery Question [Re: Goodah Chunky]
Dennis Michael Offline
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Registered: 12/11/05
Posts: 9763
A/S/L: M/Barrington, Ill
It is not a legal question. There is no rule that says you have to put 2 fingers and a thumb into a ball.
As luisistaz said, it is a matter of proper technique.
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#35151 - 11/07/06 11:28 AM Re: Delivery Question [Re: Dennis Michael]
Camper4lyfe Offline
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Registered: 08/16/06
Posts: 54
A/S/L: 26/m/Rocheser, NY
It's not illegal, but it's not a very good idea.

Of the 2-fingered bowlers I've seen, they're either hot or cold. There is no consistency to their scores and in the end, they just end up not very good.


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