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#94456 - 06/08/09 12:39 AM Removing your thumb consciously?
Shale Offline
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For a while I have wondered if my thumb was leaving the ball soon enough to take advantage of bring the rev fingers up the back of the ball. Ive had a few moments where I felt the ball drop onto my two fingers at the bottom of my swing and the revs went through the roof comparatively.

This got me thinking and I started practicing removing my thumb manually during the release instead of it falling off... im guessing this isnt proper but I have noticed it works... Ive re-evaluated my fit a few times, upped thumb hole and started using tape so the ball is perfect fit, i just feel like Im not exiting properly or something, even though I dont feel it catch.
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#94463 - 06/08/09 05:28 AM Re: Removing your thumb consciously? [Re: Shale]
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Registered: 01/25/09
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I concur with your point.
My release can be quite eratic.
Good for a few releases than it can
go 'hay-wire' every single time i bowl, never consistent.

Then i decided to slow down my speed by moving up on my setup approach. Followed by making a consious attempt to release the thumb first everytime(however, whether this is actually happening or not i can't confirm, lol).

But i do see a considerable improvement in my release when i execute it this way (making a genuine attempt at releasing the thunb first and then just follow through with the arm/hand).
My thoughts are for a clean game, no open frame... eventually the high scores will, !!

#94820 - 06/11/09 09:58 AM Re: Removing your thumb consciously? [Re: lbII]
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Registered: 06/09/09
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Sometimes it is just proper fit of the thumb that makes the difference. I went to switch grips because of my swelling/shrinking thumb. When you get the right feel on your thumb you should just be able to relax you whole hand and feel nothing upon release. You should be able to turn off your brain when you make a shot. If you don't grip at the bottom of your swing and let the ball drop from the apex without forcing it down, you should achieve what your looking for without manually getting you thumb out. Practice with your wrist broken back and you will see if you are grabbing or if you fit is wrong. Thumb should fall out first and you will get your fingers out over the top half of the ball. Use a video camera from the side and watch it frame by frame. Good luck! Post your results.


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