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Category: Equipment
Type: Tip

WHY HAVE A PINKIE FINGER HOLE?




Q. I have seen you bowl and noticed that you have 3 finger holes in your ball. Why do you have a pinkie finger hole?

A. I started using a pinkie finger hole about 6 years ago because of a very sore wrist. I was to the point of having to quit the game because of the wrist pain. I had tried everything; wristbands, taping the wrist, and pain medication. Nothing helped. The pinkie hole solved the problem the wrist pain is gone. Now this grip feels so comfortable to me that even though I don't need it anymore I don't want to change back.

There is another advantage to a pinkie finger. It mellows out the roll of the ball. Since going to that grip I get less under/over reaction and a better read of the lanes. The disadvantage is that I have lost some carry power the ball flairs less and entry angle is cut down.

Sometimes though you have to give something up to gain something else. Losing some carry is better than not being able to bowl at all. Over all this has been a good move the quicker read of the lanes and more accuracy seems to balance out the reduced carry.

Submitted by: Bob Korth


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