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#49246 - 02/09/08 12:07 AM Pinky finger hole Pros/Cons
unmovedbydeath Offline
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I'm trying to find out what the pros and cons would be if I were to add a pinky hole to my ball. I have heard of people doing it but never actually seen the final product.
Unfortunately I sustained a broken wrist when I was younger and though my wrist was set it did not heal proper. Since I started bowling I have been using a brace and doing strength training exercises to build it up. Now without the brace I can maintain a cocked position, that is up until the peek of the back swing where it tries to break backwards. It does return back to the cocked position in the down swing but sometimes I can feel a slight pop, like you cracked your knuckles, almost like the bone shifted a little. I know that my wrist isn't ever going to be perfect but someone told me by adding a pinky hole weight would be more evenly distributed.
Would there be any other benefits? Like added leverage? Would it dampen revs off the hand? Decrease potential accuracy? Limit drill patterns? Also would it be a better to use a standard fingertip type hole or drill for an insert?

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#49255 - 02/09/08 12:34 PM Re: Pinky finger hole Pros/Cons [Re: unmovedbydeath]
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From what I've heard of a pinky hole, it helps reduce strain on the wrist. At the same time I believe it also reduces the revs at the same time. The few times I've seen it used I say inserts in the pinky hole. If you are experiencing some pain, it might be something to think about but I don't think it will help keep your wrist in the same position throughout the swing.
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#49259 - 02/09/08 01:58 PM Re: Pinky finger hole Pros/Cons [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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Lol- jeez and I don't really have revs to spare. Damned if you do and damned if you don't, I guess. I am probably pretty speed dominant 18-20mph. My back swing is a little above my shoulders without tilting forward during the approach.
Ideally I was hoping to try and increase my rev rate to match my speed, hence the reason I have been training my wrist. Its possible that some of my wrist problem might be due to the fact that lately I've been trying to get more axis rotation on the ball. I could have been gradually over exerting my wrist by cupping and cocking at to extreme of an angle.

Since I actually have the strength to cup my wrist after the peak of my back swing, do you think I should just focus on using a straight or non tense wrist up until that point?

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#49263 - 02/09/08 04:24 PM Re: Pinky finger hole Pros/Cons [Re: unmovedbydeath]
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Its usually best to try to keep the same wrist position throughout the swing. Too much movement can lead to inconsistencies and you have to make sure its timed just right. I'm not saying it can't be done it will just take a lot of work to get it right.
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#49267 - 02/09/08 06:19 PM Re: Pinky finger hole Pros/Cons [Re: unmovedbydeath]
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Have you considered using one of the many wrist supports on the market? I was operated for carpal tunnel a few years back and have since gone to a lightweight wrist support, in this case, a Robbys plus. If you insist on using a cocked wrist position, there are several wrist supports on the market that are adjustable, including a cocked position. Most of the top women bowlers use a wrist support and a few of the men. [censored] Weber and Earl Anthony both used wrist supports.

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