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#48896 - 02/03/08 03:38 PM Thumb Sticking
delawanabowler Offline
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I would appreciate advice on my problem of my thumb sticking, never had a problem like I am having lately. My thumb sticks and I almost end up down the lane, I can be bowling with no problem and all of a sudden, this happens. I made the hole bigger but it still happens now and then, is there a technic that can help with this problem?


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#48897 - 02/03/08 03:46 PM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: delawanabowler]
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I'd get your thumb hole pitch checked out first, you may not be releasing cleanly off your thumb.

If it only happens occasionally, you might just be squeezing as well. When you made your thumb hole bigger, maybe you went too big and have a tendency to squeeze too tight to compensate. This coupled with an early wrist turn could definitely give you that sticking feel.

I'd definitely have your drilling checked out though, to make sure it fits correctly.




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#48898 - 02/03/08 04:06 PM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: slimmy]
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Slim, thank's for the response, I am definitely no squeezing, but you reinforced my suspicion about the pitch, I am thinking the thumb is pitched to far forward? does that seem correct?
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#48901 - 02/03/08 05:27 PM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: delawanabowler]
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for me if I'm sticking it usually has to do with my hands getting sweaty or damp in some fashion. I have to keep my hands bone dry to bowl.
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#48908 - 02/03/08 10:50 PM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: Smooth23]
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Thumb sticking can be caused by a lot of things - pitch, composition of material in the thumbhole itself, improper fit (span) or bevel, etc. If you have a ball that you used to use that was clean, I'd have the thumbhole pitches and span of your new ball checked out against the old one. Sometimes even the slightest difference can make you hang up in the ball.
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#48914 - 02/04/08 12:59 AM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: Brian Longo]
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Well if it used to be fine and now its not, there's only a couple things that contribute. You have gained weight, or are eating more salt and alcohol before bowling or its dramatically warming in the over all environment(which I doubt at that time of year). I'm not saying ou are drining before bowling but beer and booze does contribute to your thumb swelling as does salty foods. If you have the type of job that lets you chew on sunflower seed all day....lots of salt. If you wait until getting to the bowling alley to have your dinner, I would definately look into this situation.

It could also be cause by tiredness. If you are getting to the end of your comfort zone of stamina, you could be sqeezing too much at the end of your set. Or getting a lazy wrist.

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#48924 - 02/04/08 09:09 AM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: delawanabowler]
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Originally Posted By: delawanabowler
... I am definitely no squeezing...


No offense, but don't kid yourself. Everyone squeezes the ball. We're not supposed to, and we know it, but we do it.

Originally Posted By: delawanabowler
I am thinking the thumb is pitched to far forward?


Unless you specifically asked for it, no driller would have given you nearly enough forward pitch to begin with. Drillers start people out with reverse pitch because people squeeze the ball - if they didn't, people would stick. As you get better and learn not to squeeze, then you can (and should) move forward. Everytime I move my pitch forward 1/4 inch, my game jumps up a notch.
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#48963 - 02/04/08 09:32 PM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: cgeorg]
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Originally Posted By: cgeorg
As you get better and learn not to squeeze, then you can (and should) move forward. Everytime I move my pitch forward 1/4 inch, my game jumps up a notch.


Do you fill and redrill each time? Do you use an insert for your thumb hole so it is easier to change the pitch?
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#48965 - 02/04/08 09:41 PM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: Reader]
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Yes. The driller actually just got a plugging material that is urethane, but a bit softer than regular thumb slugs. It's great. He just plugs and drills into the plug.
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#48967 - 02/04/08 10:07 PM Re: Thumb Sticking [Re: cgeorg]
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Thats how most people do it Reader, with the thumb slugs. If you drill out and put a new slug in a ball enough times though, you either need to go with a bigger slug or have the ball plugged. Over time the drilling out can make the original hole just slightly bigger than the slugs and no amount of glue will hold it in. I actually had a thumb slug come lose, never a finger insert though. I guess I change them enough that the glue never gets a chance to deteriorate. Also if you move the pitch far enough you will eventually have to plug the thumb so that the slug can even be pitched more or else you drill the front of the slug out.
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